Was the Israeli F-35 really hit in the skies over Syria?


From December 2016 to the end of 2020, the Israeli Air Force received 18 fifth-generation F-35 American fighters out of 50 ordered. But in 2017, the media reported that one of these "stealth" aircraft was hit by a Soviet S-200 air defense missile in the skies over Syria. The Indian edition of the EurAsian Times tried to find out whether this really happened.


According to available information, the Syrian air defense used an S-200 missile against an Israeli plane

- wrote then the news agency SouthFront.

At the same time, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stated that a missile from Syria was indeed used against its plane, but there was no hit. However, the Israelis did not specify what kind of aircraft they used for the "routine flight" over Lebanon.

Then, according to the IDF, four rounds of ammunition were fired at the Syrian air defense battery, damaging it so much that it no longer worked.

- said the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Several missiles from the occupied territories (Golan Heights - ed.) Hit the position of the Syrian army near Damascus, causing material damage

- informed the Syrians, confirming the strike by the Israelis.

At the same time, the Syrian military added that the Israeli Air Force violated Syrian airspace on the border with Lebanon in the Baalbek area, to which there was a corresponding reaction.

Air defense weapons directly hit one of the aircraft, forcing the enemy to retreat

- say the Syrians.

This contradicts Tel Aviv's claims that not a single plane was hit. After that, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident "unacceptable", stressing that "if someone tries to harm us, we will retaliate." Moreover, this event took place on the same day when Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was on a visit to Tel Aviv. This sparked rumors that the Israeli Air Force's defeat was a show of strength by the Russian-Iranian-Syrian alliance. But Moscow is not sending Israeli planes.

On the same day, Israeli media announced that an Israeli Air Force F-35 had been damaged by a bird. Moreover, the accident allegedly occurred two weeks before the above events. The authorities immediately informed Lockheed Martin of the incident in order to find out if the aircraft could be used in the future or not.

Before the planned landing of the F-35 aircraft, two damage to the fuselage were recorded as a result of a collision with birds.

- said the representative of the IDF.

The plane made a normal landing at the base and was sent for maintenance, as is customary after such cases. The plane will be in use and will return to the sky in the coming days

- reported to the IDF.

SouthFront noted that the Israelis did not publish photographs of the F-35 after the alleged "bird strike" took place. At the same time, the American edition of The Drive expressed confidence that the IDF would no longer use this aircraft on combat missions to Syria. The F-35 is a particularly sensitive procurement topic for the Israeli government, so there will be no risk there.
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  1. Tamara Smirnova Offline Tamara Smirnova
    Tamara Smirnova (Tamara Smirnova) 8 December 2020 13: 23
    +3
    Israel will never admit to either loss or damage. But this does not mean that there is no loss or damage. Rather, the opposite is true: the more furiously the Jews deny the fact of losses, the more confidently it can be assumed that there are losses and, possibly, greater than stated.
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    2. Tramp1812 Offline Tramp1812
      Tramp1812 (Tramp 1812) 8 December 2020 14: 10
      -2
      Quote: Tamara Smirnova
      Israel will never admit to either loss or damage. But this does not mean that there is no loss or damage. Rather, the opposite is true: the more furiously the Jews deny the fact of losses, the more confidently it can be assumed that there are losses and, possibly, greater than stated.

      Israel is a very small country. Where any loss is simply impossible to hide. For the simple reason that a hypothetically deceased Israeli has acquaintances, colleagues, relatives, etc. in almost every corner of the state. And it is not in the tradition of democratic Israel to hide its losses. The commanders of the unit where the IDF fighter was killed personally offer condolences to the family. Relatives are the first to know about the tragedy. Therefore, the surname of the deceased is officially published after the presentation of condolences. The names and surnames of all the fallen soldiers, since the re-creation of Israel, have been recorded and on the day of remembrance, the radio of Israel is announced by name. The vulnerability of the Indian media report, essentially just one little-known publication, is that it contradicts the facts. When the Syrians managed to knock out (not shoot down!) An Israeli F-2018 in February 16, Israel was the first to report it. So past the pocket.
    3. Danila46 Offline Danila46
      Danila46 (Daniel) 9 December 2020 02: 18
      0
      so from what height did you fall ???
  2. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 8 December 2020 13: 59
    -1
    And, nothing is clear. Was, was not,
    If you shoot in the sky for a long time, you will get somewhere.
    Unfortunately, more often than not, the right place is ...

    And it is annoying 17 years old, when deliveries of F35 were just beginning.
    F16 defeats Israel recognized immediately
    1. Andrey Miller Offline Andrey Miller
      Andrey Miller (Andrey Miller) 9 December 2020 08: 44
      +1
      It was impossible not to recognize him, since there were footage from the place of his fall made by telephone by Israeli citizens ...
  3. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 8 December 2020 14: 34
    +1
    A set of absurdities.
  4. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 8 December 2020 14: 48
    +1
    First, a duck was launched on the VO resource about a high-ranking Mossad officer killed by the Iranians, who turned out to be an Arab drug dealer, now they decided to shoot down an F-35.
    1. Tramp1812 Offline Tramp1812
      Tramp1812 (Tramp 1812) 8 December 2020 15: 42
      +1
      Quote: AlexZN
      First, a duck was launched on the VO resource about a high-ranking Mossad officer killed by the Iranians, who turned out to be an Arab drug dealer, now they decided to shoot down an F-35.

      This is Iran's "terrible revenge."
  5. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 8 December 2020 15: 52
    0
    Quote: Rogue1812
    Quote: AlexZN
    First, a duck was launched on the VO resource about a high-ranking Mossad officer killed by the Iranians, who turned out to be an Arab drug dealer, now they decided to shoot down an F-35.

    This is Iran's "terrible revenge."

    REVENGE!
  6. Binder Offline Binder
    Binder (Miron) 8 December 2020 18: 07
    -4
    Gentlemen, Russians, I certainly understand that you are terribly offended that little Israel has fifth-generation fighters, while Russia does not. But even out of envy, you should not publish some mediocre fakes, envy in silence. hi
    1. Ibuprofen Offline Ibuprofen
      Ibuprofen (Novel) 9 December 2020 01: 28
      +2
      Quote: Bindyuzhnik
      little Israel has

      Israel does not have fifth generation fighters. Israel has the money to buy an aircraft from the United States, which is conventionally considered the fifth generation. Its even a "combat" aircraft can be called a stretch.
      And the 16 planes that Israel have are generally not serious little things.
  7. Savva Tabakin Offline Savva Tabakin
    Savva Tabakin (Savva Tabakin) 8 December 2020 22: 28
    +1
    Just no lucid nonsense ..... Assuming and proving are two different things. Just a fake from an avia pro.
  8. Andrey Miller Offline Andrey Miller
    Andrey Miller (Andrey Miller) 9 December 2020 08: 41
    +1
    So the birds were the C - 200 missiles! They just look like this now, this is a new development!