Saturday, September 19, 2020

Satellite imagery shows MiG-21 Fishbed at Russian airbase in Syria

Analysis of commercial satellite imagery from 11 June suggests that Russia deployed MiG-21 Fishbed interceptor aircraft to its Hmeymim airbase in Latakia, Syria.

Satellite imagery released by military enthusiast Samir’s Twitter page on 7 Jule shows Soviet-era MiG-21 fighter aircraft at Hmeymim airbase. This airbase is a component of Russian permanent military contingent stationed in Syria.

“MiG-21 at Hmeymim airbase in Latakia seems to be the latest addition to the Russian air force’s arsenal in Syria,” he said on Twitter.

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At this moment there is no exact information about the purpose of the appearance of the legendary Soviet MiG-21 fighter on the Russian base, but aviation geeks on Twitter began debating suggest that this is one of the Syrian aircraft that will be installed as a monument at the entrance to the airbase.

The most widely produced supersonic jet fighter of all time, the MiG-21 Fishbed is an incredibly prolific aircraft. The Fishbed project had been set up in the mid-50s , as a natural evolution of arrow-wing fighters.

Approximately 60 countries over four continents have flown the MiG-21, and it still serves many nations six decades after its maiden flight.

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