Unknown air defense forced Turkish aircraft to flee to Libya


Turkey decided to demonstrate its power by organizing an air raid in the Eastern Mediterranean, but Buk-M2E air defense systems forced Turkish aviation to retreat, writes the Greek edition of Pentapostagma.


On June 12, 2020, the Turks organized a combined flight of a group of 17 aircraft of various types (fighters, flying radars, tanker aircraft), which lasted 8 hours. The planes, having flown from the territory of Turkey, were supposed to help the PNS to take control of the strategically important city of Sirte by striking at the LA with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

However, Turkish aviation was not even able to enter Libyan airspace, which is controlled by Russian-made air defense systems. Turkish pilots recorded the entrance to the control zone of unknown air defense. Realizing that fire could be fired at them, they decided to lie down on the opposite course.

At the same time, the Greek Air Force carefully watched the actions of the Turks in all areas of their flight. For this, Athens launched its F-16 fighter jets and Embraer ERJ-145 AEW & C long-range radar detection aircraft.

Pentapostagma recalls that a few kilometers from the Libyan border, the Egyptians deployed their 15th army, which had at their disposal the S-300VM, Buk-M2E, and Tor-M2E complexes. Perhaps the Turks came under the irradiation of long-range radar systems S-300VM, after which they decided not to tempt fate and retreated.
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  1. jekasimf Offline
    jekasimf (jekasimf) 14 June 2020 14: 13
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    From Tripoli to the Egyptian border, approximately 1300 km. What .... S-300? Even the route of the flight from Turkey to Libya, over neutral waters, is already outside the affected area.
    1. Kristallovich Offline
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 14 June 2020 14: 56
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      First, what does Tripoli have to do with Sirte? Secondly, here are the routes of the Turkish transport aviation. Go between Egypt and Crete (Greece, for a minute). Radar 9S15 complex S-300VM hits 250 km. If air defense systems deployed on the coast, they may well get it.

      1. jekasimf Offline
        jekasimf (jekasimf) 14 June 2020 19: 44
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        To strike in the area of ​​Sirte, but based where they will be? Only in Tripoli. Not from Turkey will fly with full load. And why did you draw a route along the ruler? Where do the territorial waters of Greece end? And 250 km, NOT for export modification. Yes, and 250 is ideal. In real life, they never shoot to the maximum. So what. Egypt will begin to shoot down Turkish aircraft in neutral waters?
        1. Kristallovich Offline
          Kristallovich (Ruslan) 14 June 2020 21: 04
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          Not from Turkey will fly with full load.

          This is exactly what happens. Accompanied by fuel refueling.

          In real life, they never shoot to the maximum.

          There is no talk of shooting. It is a question of radar exposure.

          Egypt will begin to shoot down Turkish aircraft in neutral waters?

          You read inattentively. According to the Greeks, the Turks canceled the operation after irradiation of the radar somewhere on the border with Libya. They apparently did not know that they were Egyptians.