Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Russians weren't operating SU-24s near Turkey thinking they were a match for NATO F-16s, so how could they be provocative?

It's almost as if the chuckleheads out there are gloating that an F-16 bested an SU-24:


Everyone who knows anything knows the old swept-wing SU-24 is long obsolete but is still useful for low altitude ground operations. It's not like Russia committed its very best resources to this conflict, only the appropriate ones. These aircraft were not threatening to Turkey.

And that's the whole point. The Russian jets were operating against Turkish opponents of the Syrian regime on the ground inside Syria, and trigger-happy Turkey didn't like it.

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