Video: Syrian Rebels Destroy a Government Fighter Jet

Check out this footage of Syrian rebels using an antitank weapon to destroy a Syrian government fighter jet sitting just outside its hardened aircraft shelter. Yup, it looks like the rebels used an antitank missile to hit what looks like a Mig-23 Flogger (maybe it’s a Mig-29 fulcrum or Mig-25 Foxbat — it sure has a boxy shape and huge engines).

Enjoy the video after the jump, and forgive the camera man’s shaky hands.

  • Tim

    It looked like they missed the target…

    • Bill

      with what the security looks like at this Air base, they could have probably just went up to it and set it on fire.

  • David Cenciotti

    Here you can find some additional information about the Mig-23MS hit at Abu-Dhahur airbase: http://theaviationist.com/2012/03/14/syrian-mig-2

  • dddd

    Worst. Cameraman. Ever.

    • Brian Black

      That’s just the raw footage. Post-production this’ll look like saving private Ryan.

    • Jamesy

      Agreed, but my hands might be a little shaky too if I went down the road here and fired a missile at the air force base.

  • m167A1

    Hit the HAS behind the A/C, likley damaged it …

    Um not the best AB security… Looks like the PTA attacking……

  • oppervlakkig

    No way that’s a Fulcrum or Foxbat. I momentarily doubted between a MiG-23 or a MiG-21 due to the rather high lifted nose, but I think that’s because of the bad quality. It has clearly one engine and what appears to be a huge tail-fin. Ergo: a MiG-23.

  • TMB

    Are Syrian airbases so spread out or undefended that those guys could be so casual about attacking it? For the first minute, I thought they were getting ready to go fishing. I half expected one of those guys to crack open a beer with them just standing around next to their cars. The situation didn’t appear to be remotely dangerous until they ran up on the bunker and a few shots rang out. And I’m not forgiving that cameraman. How hard is it to the damn thing pointed straight? I got dizzy.

  • Sean

    Dude holding the camera must have parkinson’s or something.

    • Insig

      He’s just scared S**tless. Notice how it gets shakier as the video goes on.

  • grnich

    wikipaedia says this: On 7 March 2012, Syrian rebels used a 9K115-2 Metis-M antitank guided missile to destroy a Syrian Air Force MiG-23MS while parked at Abu-Dhahur air base

    • oppervlakkig

      But what is the source of the Wikipedia info?

    • ffjbentson

      I found the shot site on Google Earth. It is at:
      35 43′ 36.65″N 37 04’40.71″E
      It looks like it was a 2,730 foot range shot or just over a half mile.

  • Liv

    It looked like they missed, but I’m sure the debris from the bunker that smothered the plane and most likely got into the engines would have made it hard-down for quite a bit.

  • johnny d

    Metis-M for sure, probably Mig 23, or SU 24 given the single engine and wings. Cameramen flinched after that Metis went off, it has an incredible concussive force once fired. i have known people blow their eardrums out standing next to Metis being fired. 127-130mm rocket, not the most humane thing for the operator to use, typical soviet design.

    • oppervlakkig

      Su-24 has 2 engines.

  • MrGoodKat

    AT-13 Saxhorn-2 (NATO designation for the Russian 9K115-2 Metis-M Anti-tank)

  • Mr.T

    torn up; many hours of repair needed … good job

  • Lance

    Its a MiG-23 and they missed it and hit the aircraft shelter above it. while fragments of the shelter damaged the MiG i doubt its destroyed. Poor marksmanship and tactics by the rebels.

  • steve

    It takes a lot of hell to fight, as a civilian, for freedom. Particularly as untrained. (Not to take away from soldiers – just to make the point of the hell when you ARE trained let alone untrained). Shows how important FREEDOM is!!!! Should be mandatory education in American schools!

    • jhm

      weapons in the hands of us americans? untrained? teens? duuuude

      • blight_

        Clearly the point is to train.

        The second amendment mentions militias…and we all know what militias are.

  • Richard

    Watch the youtube for a bigger video


    Pause it at 0326. To me it is quite clearly a mig23.

  • JSIII

    Way to waste a kornet. Btw that was a mig23 or a 27.

  • citanon

    Are those guys unloading the missiles from the back of a new Porsche Cayenne? They are better financed than I thought!

    • citanon

      Nevermind it’s not. No idea what that car is.

    • blight_

      Hard to say. Cars for different markets can have different lights and such.

      I’m leaning towards a Kia or Hyundai, but it might even be something you don’t see in America, like a European vehicle.

  • paperpushermj

    Didn’t you see the guy standing behind the missile at launch.

  • Glockster20

    I think they missed

  • Kski

    Either they missed or the it did little damage

  • ffjbentson

    I found the shot site on Google Earth. It is at:
    35 43′ 36.65″N 37 04’40.71″E
    It looks like it was a 2,730 foot range shot or just over a half mile.

  • MGC

    and these are the same gents who have sold loads of gear to their Hezbo and Hamas cousins and yet we all root for them and label them friends yeh right.

    • Jay

      No, the Assad regime supports Hezb’Allah and Hamas. These guys are against Assad. However, many of the rebels seem to be allied with the muslim brotherhood, which is not so good for the long term prospects if you want democracy or freedom.

    • SL44

      The rebels sold no such gear to those political groups, the rebels themslves are very low on any type of weapon, in fact, those groups you mentioned are allies of the Syrian government, which are the ones these rebels are fighting against. It’s amazing how you could post such a rediculous comment.

  • JES

    Hell yes, I root for them and anybody else fighting for their freedom just as we did in our American Revolution. Extremely important we support them. Actually in the long run for OUR survival

  • JJMurray

    Looks like they missed the A/C to me and no it isn’t a MIG-25.

  • Chuck

    Worst camera man EVER. Really take that camera away and kick him in the dick

  • Uranium238

    Meh. It’s only a MIG-23.

  • JackBlack

    It is very hard to confuse mig 29 or 25 with a single tale swing wing 23.
    Also they could have hit it with a rock from that distance, or with a mortar right across the hill, without even being seen.

    • Josh

      I think is was much farther that it seems in the video since the camera was on zoom.

  • bob

    syrian rebels with an anti tank weapon carried around in their, wait for it, porsche 4 wheel drive…are these the wealthiest rebels in the middle east??!!

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  • JPE

    Direct hit into the planes most difficult and expensive to repair compartment, the cockpit. Professionally done, special forces type.

  • I’ll join the rest of the choir and say that it looks like the missile/weapon missed its intended target.