According to an official message from the Russian Defence Ministry, the pilot of the Russian Su-25 attack aircraft was shot down by terrorists from a shoulder-carried anti-aircraft weapon. The fate of the pilot, Roman Filipov, was decided within minutes after his ejection. Terrorists encircled the pilot on the ground, and the Russian servicemen decided to blow up his hand grenade to avoid captivity.
Aviationist website translated a video recorded in Arabic, where “a journalist who introduced himself as Moazom Al-Chamie said that the Russian aircraft was shot down by people from a “jihad-mobile.”
According to the journalist, they wanted to shoot down another Russian Su-25, which means that the terrorists have enough MANPADS and ammunition to them.
The website says that the downed Su-25 was the eleventh Russian aircraft, which “the enemy has destroyed (including as a result of accidents) during Russia’s participation in the Syrian campaign.”
“Given the number of sorties that the Russians have conducted over Syria, as well as the growing number of MANPADS at terrorists’ disposal, those losses can be described as low for a campaign of this scale,” the author of the publication said.
Observers pointed out the unusual absence of infrared heat traps from the Su-25. It is common knowledge that such heat traps are used as a countermeasure against MANPADS.
Syrian special forces were sent to the area of the plane crash to find and establish the origin of the weapon used to down the Russian warplane. The numbers on fragments of the MANPAD missile will make it possible to find out where the weapon arrived in Syria from, where it was manufactured and how it fell into terrorists’ hands, Russian MP Viktor Vodolatsky said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Vladimir Shcherbakov, a military expert with Independent Military Review Magazine, told Pravda.Ru, that those accusing the pilot of flying at an unacceptably low altitude could be wrong. The pilot could fly at such an altitude because it was required so, the expert assumed. Pravda