Israeli Satellite Imagery Confirms Russian Stealth Fighter Jets Deployed to Syria

A Russian Su-30 fighter jet takes off on a combat mission with a Su-30 bomber in the foreground, at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Since early morning, Russian combat jets have been taking off from this base in western Syria, heading for missions. (AP Photo/Vladimir Isachenkov)
AP/Vladimir Isachenkov

The Jerusalem Post reports: Israeli satellite imagery has confirmed the deployment of Russia’s newest Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jets in war-torn Syria.

Images of the two planes, being escorted by Russian SU-30SMs to the Russian Khmemeim air force base in the coastal province of Latakia, were first published on Twitter by local activists on Thursday. On Saturday satellite operator ImageSat International released a statement saying that their Israeli Eros B satellite spotted the two jets, which are not fully operational.

The deployment of the jets comes two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from the war-ravaged country.

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