AIR POWER IN DECLINE

Tom Cooper lifts the veil, at least partially, of secrecy and mystery surrounding the Syrian Arab Air Force and its declining capability.

FORCE REPORT

Syrian Arab Air Force

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Operated by three squadrons, about a dozen examples of the Su-22M-3/M-4K family remained the backbone of the SyAAF’s fighter-bomber fleet until the April 7 cruise missile strike on Shayrat.
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After years of intensive combat operations, the SyAAF has let safety standards drop below acceptable levels. Bombs and fully loaded rocket pods are regularly stacked in heaps outside aircraft shelters.
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