Avia Pro: The unexpected raid of Russian and Syrian fighters on the Golan Heights became a reason for Israel to panic.
Against the background of the fact that Russia still does not recognize the transfer of the Golan Heights under the control of the Israeli army and as a response to the uncontrolled attacks of the Israeli Air Force on Syria, it became known that a large group of Su-35, Su-34 and MiG- 29 and MiG-23 completed a raid on the Golan Heights.
Syria, Russia Hold Joint Air Force Patrols near Golan Heights. Almanar English…. pic.twitter.com/LFs3czwL38
— Suat Kılıçtaş (@Suatklcts) January 25, 2022
It is known that Israel activated its air defense systems, but only after the combat aircraft were able to approach the strike distance. At the same time, the IDF did not dare to attack the Syrian MiG-29 fighters because of the risk of shooting down Russian aircraft.
🇸🇾 Syrian and 🇷🇺 Russian military jets jointly patrolled the airspace along #Syria's borders, including near the Golan Heights, on Monday and plan to make such flights regular, the Interfax news agency quoted #Russia's defense ministry as saying. pic.twitter.com/fFWN9bKth0
— Intelsky (@Intel_sky) January 24, 2022
At the moment, it is known that the flight was planned. At the same time, it is alleged that Russian and Syrian pilots practiced strikes not only against ground targets, but also against air targets, probably having trained to attack Israeli fighters in the event of repeated cases of IDF aggression against the Arab Republic, which, quite obviously, will take place.
As tensions mount between Putin and world powers over Ukraine, Moscow appears to make a statement over its presence in the Middle East and initiating joint military jet patrols with Syria including near Israel's Golan Heights https://t.co/06t6DqDJN8
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) January 24, 2022
The Syrian Air Force received updated MiG-29 fighters relatively recently. Moreover, it is argued that these combat aircraft can easily withstand the F-15 and F-16 fighters, and it is these combat aircraft that are used by Israel to strike at the territory of Syria.
Israelis are busy analyzing the messages intended by the joint #Russian and #Syrian air patrols over the occupied Golan, showing great concern regarding this development.#Syria#Russia https://t.co/NRMbhbRyLl
— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) January 25, 2022
and from Times of Israel:
Illustrative: A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet carrying a Kinzhal missile takes off from the Hemeimeem air base in Syria on June 25, 2021. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
Syria and Russia held joint military jet patrols of the airspace along Syria’s borders on Monday, including in the Golan Heights area, according to a Russian Defense Ministry statement reported by Interfax.
According to the report, Russia’s Defense Ministry said such joint patrols are expected to be a regular occurrence moving forward.
The news came amid tensions along the Russia-Ukraine border as Western powers scramble to counter an implied threat by Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade the neighboring country.
Putin is considered one of few allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Russia is seen as using its presence in the war-torn country to gain a foothold in the Middle East.
Israel’s close relations with Russia and Putin are often seen as linked to the two countries’ close military coordination in Syria, in particular when the IDF carries out purported strikes on sites within Syria.
Russia joined Syria’s 10-year conflict in September 2015, when the Syrian military appeared close to collapse, and has since helped in tipping the balance of power in favor of Assad, whose forces now control much of the country. Hundreds of Russian troops are deployed across Syria and they also have a military air base along Syria’s Mediterranean coast.
Putin and Assad met in Moscow in September to discuss the cooperation between their military forces.
Syria’s conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests and later turned into a civil war that has killed half a million people and displaced half the country’s pre-war population of 23 million, including 5 million who are refugees outside the country.