BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 P.M.) – Among yet another series of Islamic State weapons stockpile recently uncovered by the Syrian Arab Army in the country’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor was an interesting find: air-to-air missiles.

In previous days, the Syrian Army discovered a number of ISIS arms caches throughout the towns of Al-Hasrat, As-Siyal and Al-Jalaa (located north of Abu Kamal city) in Deir Ezzor province.

Among the expected array of machine guns, shoulder-fire rocket launchers and small arms ammunition that was found was also a couple of unexpected weapon systems – these being two air-to-air missiles (shown above).

The missiles are of the now obsolete Soviet-made K-13 (code-named by NATO as AA-2 Atoll) design which itself is reportedly a reserve copy of the original US-built AIM-9 Sidewinder models.

In the picture, the missile on the right (with the red tip) is a heat-seeking model whilst the missile on the left is a a radar-guided model.

Furthermore, given the larger rear fins the on left missile, it appears that it is perhaps of the K-13M variant (a modernized version of the K-13 with increased maneuverability).

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“Soviet-made K-13 (code-named by NATO as AA-2 Atoll) design which itself is reportedly a reserve copy of the original US-built AIM-9 sidewinder models.”
=> It goes in two ways because AIM-9X Sidewinder (the last version) is actually a copy of Soviet R-73!

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im guessing they stole these from some air base they once occupied

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The Syrian Army shouldn’t hesitate to use them if they are in working order and their use comes in handy.