BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) struck a Syrian fighter jet with an anti-aircraft missile (i.e. MANPADS) while it was flying a sortie over the Idlib Governorate on Friday.

According to a military report, the Turkish-backed rebels clipped a Syrian Air Force Su-22 jet in southwest Idlib, but the fighter pilot was able to maintain control of the warplane and return the aircraft to its home base.

The Turkish-backed rebels, specifically the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have used MANPADS in the past to shoot down Syrian Air Force jets and helicopters.

While it is not clear where the militants received all of the MANPADS in their arsenal, some of them were seized from the Syrian military during the first years of the conflict.

The militant MANPADS have proven effective in the past, especially against some of the Syrian Air Force’s older aircraft.

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Turkish company Roketsan license builds FIM-92 Stinger, Turkey also had bought 40x 9K38 Igla launchers and a batch of missiles for evaluation.
Here you can also see a militant using a Chinese FN-6 in northern Syria, near Tal-Rifat:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_IhHBTocRQ
One FN-6 was seized from Qaedans in Lebanon.
Qatar purchases FN-6 from China, Sudan also bought it and the links between fallen dictator al-Bashir and the Muslim Brotherhood were well known.
There must be fragments from the ManPADS explosion left on the Su-22.
If traces point a Stinger or Igla, source is Turkey, if it’s a FN-6, it’s Qatar, don’t look further.

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ManPADS were efficient against Soviet jets at the start of the Afghan conflict. As soon as counter-measures were installed, the losses were brought down to near zero. Now results may differ depending on which generation seeker is installed : the latest ones are not so easy to lure and latest generation of counter measures may be necessary.
It’s clear that unless old Su-22, L-39 or MiG-21 have been upgraded, ManPADS are serious threats.

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at least for low flying aircraft : Stinger has a 5000m ceiling, FN-6 : 3,800m; Igla 3,500m.

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This is why MALE drones usually operate around a 5,500-6,500m altitude

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The a$$holes distributing ManPADS to militants are totally unconscious : these things being pretty compact might be smuggled barely anywhere, ending shooting down airliners.