Russian MoD: Israeli F-16 hid behind Russian Il-20 plane to avoid Syrian missile

Russian MoD: Israeli F-16 hid behind Russian Il-20 plane to avoid Syrian missile
Russian MoD: Israeli F-16 hid behind Russian Il-20 plane to avoid Syrian missile
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Published time: 24 Sep, 2018 17:11 Edited time: 24 Sep, 2018 17:28

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Russian MoD: Israeli F-16 hid behind Russian Il-20 plane to avoid Syrian missile

Data captured by Russia’s S-400 system in Syria proves Israeli jets were responsible for the downing the Russian plane, the Defense Ministry said, adding that the Syrian missile changed its course shortly before hitting the Il-20.

The data provided by the S-400 air defense system deployed to the Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria’s Latakia province has revealed that the Syrian anti-air missile was in fact targeting an Israeli F-16 jet – before it abruptly altered its course and eventually hit the Russian aircraft. This, and the position of all the aircraft at the moment of the incident, proves that an Israeli jet was de facto using the larger Il-20 as a cover, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Major General Igor Koanshenkov told journalist at the Monday news briefing.

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