Turkey downs drone near Syrian border

Turkish jets shot down a drone that intruded Turkish airspace on Friday 16 October.  The incident follows a number of occasions where Russian Air Force or Syrian Air Force jets got to close during operations over Syria, such as on 5 October. It likely was Turkish Air Force F-16s that downed the drone, that according to first reports is Russian-made.

Over the last few years, Turkish jets shot down several aircraft near the border with Syria. On 23 March 2014, the Turkish Air Force also downed a Syrian aircraft, being a MiG-23 Flogger.  In September 2013, a Syrian Mi-8 or Mi-17 Hip helicopter fell victim to a Turkish F-16 as it violated Turkish airspace, according to the Turks.

On the other hand, a Turkish RF-4E Phantom was downed on 22 June 2012, with the loss of both crew members. The recce aircraft was flying over the Mediterranean Sea at that time.

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