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Syrian Air Force to receive 10 Su-24M2 bombers from Russia

World Defense & Security News - Syria
Syrian Air Force to receive 10 Su-24M2 bombers from Russia
The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency. "The Syrian Air Force has received several Su-24M2 aircraft supplied by Russia in order to beef up the Damascus` combat capabilities to fight against international terrorism. At present, two Su-24M2 aircraft have been delivered with eight more planes to be transferred in the nearest future," the news agency said.
Syrian Air Force reportedly received batch of Su 24M2 bombers from Russia 640 001A RuAF Su-24M2 Fencer frontline bomber
(Credit: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation)
According to AMN, Russia has supplied the aforementioned Su-24M2 frontline bombers to the Syrian governmental forces within the framework of the military-technical cooperation between Moscow in Damascus.

Su-24M2 is the latest development of Su-24M frontline bomber developed in the 1970s. The upgraded aircraft made its maiden flight in 2001. It has a length of 24.59 m, a maximum wingspan of 17.64 m, a height of 6.19 m, a normal take-off weight (NTOW) of 33,500 kg, a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 39,700 kg, a payload of 8,000 kg, a maximum speed of 1,700 km/h, a combat range of 560 km, and a service ceiling of 11,000 m. Su-24M2 has received advanced multifunctional displays (MFD), GPS/GLONASS/IN (inertial) combined navigational system, new data display devices, and upgraded communications suite. The enhanced software of Su-24M2 allows firing Kh-31A (AS-17 Krypton) anti-ship and Kh-31P (AS-17 Krypton) anti-radiation missiles, as well as KAB-500Kr guided bombs. Su-24M2 can be equipped with electronic warfare (EW) systems.

According to the Military Balance 2016 report issued by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Russia`s Aerospace Forces (Russian acronym: VKS, Vozdushno-Kosmicheskie Sily) operate 140 Su-24M/M2 frontline bombers and 79 Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft. The Syrian Air Force has deployed 11 Su-24 combat aircraft. VKS are using Su-24M planes to bomb the Islamic State`s (IS, forbidden in Russia) machinery of war in Syria.
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