Turkey scrambles fighters as Russian warplane violates airspace

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    Turkey scrambles fighters as Russian warplane violates airspace

    Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    Turkey scrambled its fighter aircraft after a Russian warplane violated its airspace on 3 October, raising concerns over the potential for confrontation between NATO and Russian forces operating in Syria.

    The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on 5 October saying that two of the country's Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons were scrambled after an unspecified Russian aircraft entered its airspace south of the Yayladagi/Hatay region, near the Syrian border. According to the ministry, the Russian aircraft departed its airspace after it was intercepted.

    Turkey has protested the violation to the Russian government, with the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ankara being summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The acting undersecretary of the ministry "strongly protested this violation, demanded that any such violation not be repeated, and affirmed that, otherwise, the Russian Federation will be responsible for any undesired incident that may occur", the statement read.

    The incursion by the Russian aircraft occurred a day into airstrikes that Russian president Vladimir Putin has ostensibly instigated against the Islamic State, but that most analysts suggest are meant to prop up the regime of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad.

    Satellite imagery released to IHS Jane's has shown Russia's deployment of four Sukhoi Su-30SM 'Flanker', 12 Sukhoi Su-24 'Fencer', and 12 Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' combat aircraft and about 20 helicopters to an airbase in Syria's coastal Latakia province. A number of Sukhoi Su-34 'Fullback' strike aircraft has also been deployed.

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    T-123456 Captain Staff Member International Mod

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    Why ''strongly protested'',why not implement the new rule of engagement when airspace violation(twice already) accure from Syria?
    The current Turkish administration is was and will stay a joke,nothing will happen and the Russians together with their allies(YPG,Iran,Shia Iraq) will continue to destroy Syria and its people.