BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 A.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces have deployed their elite MIG-29smt fighter jets to the Syrian frontier for the first time during this seven year long conflict.
According to a statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Aerospace Forces will begin using the MIG-29smt in Syria to conduct missions against terrorist groups inside the country.
Despite already having the powerful Su-30 and Su-35 fighters jets at the Hmaymim Airbase in southeast Latakia, the Russian Ministry of Defense made the odd decision to deploy the MIG-29smt to Syria.
The deployment of these jets likely has to do with the Israeli Air Force’s attack on the Tartous Governorate city of Masyaf, which has a large presence of Russian military personnel.
The MIG-29smt possesses air-to-air missiles that can score precise hits on enemy aircraft.