Middle East

Russian jets fly with self-defense missiles in Syria for for first time

A Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet lands at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria, in this handout photograph released by Russia's Defence Ministry Nov. 7, 2015. REUTERS/Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters

MOSCOW: Russian Su-34 fighter bombers flew in Syria for the first time with air-to-air missiles for self-defense Monday, a Russian air force official told Russian news agencies, less than a week after a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian jet.

Igor Klimov, the official, said the air-to-air missiles were capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 60 kilometers (37.28 miles).

 

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