BEIRUT, LEBANON (DEC 7, 2:00 P.M.) – Footage has emerged of a Russian Su-30 strategic multi-role fighter aircraft carrying out a somewhat odd and probably unauthorized aerobatic stunt over Syrian skies. The entire performance took place within very close proximity to a Russian transport plane which the fighter was accompanying.
According to the original source which released the video online, the Russian warplane performed the stunt over the skies of Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria during what was otherwise a routine escort mission in support of a supply air-drop operation.
As can be gathered from watching the video, following the release of the airlifter’s supplies, the Russia Su-30 approaches to within several meters of the cargo door (which remains open) and maintains a holding position for around one minute.
Whether the stunt performed by the Russian fighter jet was planned or a spur of the moment action remains unknown for the present time.
What also remains unknown is when exactly the stunt took place since recent advances by pro-government forces in Deir Ezzor means that Russian cargo planes no longer need to airlift supplies to allies on the ground.