Pentagon Will Not Confirm Russian Stealth Fighters Deployed to Syria

Pentagon Will Not Confirm Russian Stealth Fighters Deployed to Syria

Pentagon Will Not Confirm Russian Stealth Fighters Deployed to Syria

The first two Su-57 arrived in Syria on February 22.

The return of the SU-35 and SU-25 jets are a de facto rebuilding of Russia's core air power in Syria.(ANSAmed).

"The addition of fifth-generation fighters into Syria would certainly not be in keeping with Russia's announced force drawdown", said Defense Department spokesman Eric Pahon. No American servicepeople were killed in the fighting that ensued.

The Su-57s were escorted by Russian 4th generation Sui-30SM multi-role fighter jets before landing at the Syrian airbase, according to the reports.

Before a Russian mercenary attack on USA and allied forces in Syria earlier this month, the Russian oligarch believed to control the mercenaries - a man who the United States special counsel indicted last week - was "in close touch" with Russian and Syrian officials, The Washington Post reported Thursday evening.

Those fighting include Russian Federation and Iran supporting the Syrian dictator; Turkey, which is battling Syrian Kurds and trying to stop them from creating their own autonomous state; and various elements of the USA military - which worked with the Kurds to defeat the Islamic State terror group.

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Russian Federation first deployed forces and aircraft to Syria in 2015, changing the dynamic as US and coalition troops began their air campaign against ISIS.

The fifth-generation Russian fighter jets, which are still in combat testing phase, also are known as the T-50 or PAK-FA.

Meanwhile, U.S. -led airstrikes in Syria continue, with 43 against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq from Feb 9-15., according to U.S. Central Command.

"In the skies over Syria, it's really just been a treasure trove for [the Russians] to see how we operate", Lt. Gen. VeraLinn "Dash" Jamieson told congressional staffers and reporters during an Air Force Association briefing in Washington, D.C.

Russia's Sputnik Newsquoted a lawmaker who was coy about confirming the deployment of Su-57s to Syria, but said if they have been deployed, they would be sending a "political message" and serving as a deterrent against "aircraft from neighboring states which periodically fly into Syria" without properly requesting permission from the Assad government. Other Russian analysts suggested Moscow sent the planes to put on a little air show for potential buyers, some of whom have been growing skeptical of the Su-57 project's viability.

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