First Kill, Criticality and Trilateral Cooperation

The shooting down of a Syrian jet fighter on June 18, 2017, marks the first aerial victory for the F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter in its 15 years of combat service, and the first aerial victory for a Navy jet since Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

“On June 18 at 18:43hrs, a Syrian regime Su-22 military jet aircraft dropped bombs near Syrian Democratic Forces fighters south of Tabqah, Syria, and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defence of coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft, ” the Department of Defense said in a release of the same date. The Su-22 is a Soviet-built fighter and one of the oldest tactical jets in the Syrian Air Force.

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