BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force’s (SyAAF) Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter is currently equipped with the Belarusian-made Talisman airborne defense system, the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Thursday.

According to the publication, since the Talisman airborne defense system was introduced on the Syrian MiG-29, the fighter jet has experienced a significant increase in its military capabilities. 

“Analyzing the latest data on the use of MiG-29 fighters by the Syrian Air Force, experts were able to establish that the Belarusian Talisman airborne defense systems were installed on these aircraft, which are, in fact, a powerful electronic warfare system,” the publication said. 

“‘Talisman’ were spotted on several MiG-29 Syrian fighters at once, which indicates the fact that Belarus is actively helping the Syrian military to improve its military equipment.”

No information was previously available about whether or not Syria acquired this electronic defense system; however, the aircraft was recently spotted with the Talisman, which confirmed the Syrian Air Force’s use.

It is very likely that Belarus provided these airborne defense systems to the Russian military, who, in turn, introduced them to the Syrian Armed Forces.

According to the website Defense Initiatives, these are some of the benefits of the Talisman system:

  • Automatic (with no pilot/operator’s input) jamming generation against all hostile illumination RESs.
  • No restrictions on the number of the simultaneously jammed on-board and ground-based RESs.
  • Total exclusion of the ADS-carrier self-radiation.
  • The employment of the ADS places no restrictions on the air combat tactics of the aircraft under protection.
  • When in close formation, the ADS-carrier securely covers a friendly neighbouring aircraft with no EPE.
  • Full electromagnetic compatibility with the self radio electronic equipment of the aircraft under protection.
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US to start sanction process on Belarus.

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Interesting. Thus, they could have conceived it in a way to be controlled through HOTAS+HMD/computer-controlled interface rather than 70’s and even older manual switching. It’s even more and more common that wireless systems are being used rather than hardware cabling into the aircraft. The pods look a bit cumbersome for such function compared to what we’re accustomed here (integrated into the wingtip missile rail). Nevertheless, what matters is SyAAF’s aircraft not getting shot-down so easily by terrorists using ManPADS, but I’m not sure SyAAF’s MiG-29 are doing a lot of air-strike : MiG-29 is more a point-defence air superiority asset… Read more »