Syria reportedly receives MiG-31 interceptors from Russia

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    Syria reportedly receives MiG-31 interceptors from Russia
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    Syria has reportedly received six MiG-31 interceptor aircraft from Russia, although there has so far been no official confirmation of this. Source: Russian Air Force

    The Syrian government has received six MiG-31 'Foxhound' interceptor aircraft from Russia under a deal that was said to have been signed in 2007, a regional media source has reported.

    The aircraft recently arrived at Mezze Airbase on the outskirts of Damascus, the Turkish BGN News agency reported on 16 August.

    Syria was reported to have ordered eight MiG-31 combat aircraft as part of a wider defence deal with Russia in 2007. Although this deal was confirmed at the time by the head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Alexei Fyodorov, it was later denied by Anatoly Isaykin, director of state arms export bureau Rosoboronexport, who in 2010 described the sale as "a journalistic hoax". Neither the Russian nor the Syrian authorities have so far commented publicly on the reported deliveries.

    The MiG-31 first entered Soviet service in the early 1980s as a long-range, high-altitude, and high-speed interceptor. Although relatively old, it is still a highly capable platform that features some of the latest sensor and weapons fits.

    In particular, the MiG-31's NIIP N007 S-800 SBI-16 (RP-31) Zaslon or Zaslon-A electronically scanned phased-array fire-control radar (NATO codename 'Flash Dance') affords it an impressive beyond-visual range capability, enabling it to see airborne targets out to a range of 108 n miles (200 km; 124 miles) in a clutter-free forward sector, or 48 n miles (90 km; 56 miles) to the rear. It is capable of tracking 10 targets and attacking four simultaneously. Coupled with this radar, the MiG-31's R-33 (NATO codename AA-9 'Amos') or R-37 (AA-X-13/AA-13 'Arrow') long-range air-to-air missiles afford it a highly potent beyond-visual range (BVR) air-to-air capability.

    According to IHS Jane's World Air Forces , Russia has approximately 200 MiG-31s in service that it is currently in the process of upgrading to keep them operational through to the 2030s. With the exception of Russia and now possibly Syria, only Kazakhstan flies the type.

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    Until the arrival of the MiG-31s in Damascus is confirmed, it should be treated with an element of scepticism. With the regime of Bashar al-Assad finding itself increasingly hard-pressed on the ground, it has to be noted that a state-of-the-art high-altitude interceptor is probably of limited use right now.

    The delivery has been linked to Western proposals for a no-fly buffer zone to be established over Syria, but while the MiG-31s would certainly give NATO planners pause for thought, their small number and single basing location would mean that they would likely be destroyed in the early hours of any alliance effort to establish air dominance over the country ahead of implementing such a no-fly zone.

    http://www.janes.com/article/53660/syria-reportedly-receives-mig-31-interceptors-from-russia
     
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    I doubt MiG-31 will be handed over to Syria, however, nobody is going to launch an invasion on Syria, except probably the Israelis, who might want to help out the ISIS by attacking the Syrian Army once in a while.
     
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    Why would Israelis help ISIS? aren't ISIS threat to Israel as well? Moreover, Israel can tackle Syria single handedly if need arises.
     
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    Israel wants all its neighbours to keep killing each other. That is in their interest. They don't want Syria to win against ISIS. They don't want ISIS to win against Syria. They want to keep their neighbouring Arabs fighting each other. So, it is better for Israel for Sunni and Shia to kill each other. That way, all Muslims will not unite and invade Israel. Every time Syria makes progress against the Sunni forces, whether ISIS or al-Qaida or FSA (no difference, really), Israel goes in and attacks Syria, to prevent ISIS from completely collapsing.
     
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    The Arabs have never been united and that is a fact.

    They look down upon the Palestinians and especially after the thrashing they received in the Yom Kippur war in 1973 they have steered clear of Israel. Subsequently Egypt and Jordan have both developed good ties with Israel and if reports are to be believed even KSA would side with Israel against Iran.
     
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    Hmmm, you are right. I can say only one thing, It's Complicated :D
     
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    The Arabs were united during the Arab-Israeli War. There was no Shia-Sunni rift. While predominantly Sunni, those that fought the Israelis had many Shia combatants as well. Those were the post-colonial times and there was a rise of Arab nationalism influenced army.

    So, what has changed since?
    • Shia and Sunnis are killing each other.
    • Saudi Arabia's dictatorship is totally under the control of the US, although it is unclear how loyal the people of Saudi Arabia are to their single family i.e. al-Saud family led tyranny.

    As long as Israel can keep its enemies divided, it will be relatively safer.
     
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