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The military keep strange silence

2009-07-09 23:03

3319.jpegA new sensation has been introduced by both the Russian and the foreign media: six planes are announced to be lost by the Russian Air Force in the course of the last-year military conflict in South Ossetia, according to an article published by Moscow Defense Brief, an English-language Russian magazine about weapon.


It is also said that "in the course of the military actions, four members of the Russian air crews died. Only two of the six planes were crashed by the enemy". Three of them were supposedly crashed by friendly fire, that is, by the friendly army. The conclusion goes as follows: these figures speak of some "grave problems" related to coordination and troops handling.

The August 2008 armed conflict still leaves the military analysts asking many questions; for instance, they are pointing at the discrepancies in the official loss data, as Reuters underlines. The Georgian party asserts to have crashed 15 Russian planes, while the RF Ministry of Defense claimed to have lost three battle-planes and one bomber aircraft. However, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the RF Ministry of Defense Anatoli Nagovitsin referred to the amount of losses as "large".

A publication in the Moscow magazine, according to its authors, is based upon the reports made by the Georgian, Russian and South-Ossetian media, as well as upon the information provided by the specialized Internet forums for the military.

The publication gives a detailed description of the wreckage of each of the six Russian planes. Referring to certain sources in the military administration and the media data, the authors of the article assert that the Russian Air Forces and Land Forces "were running different wars" due to the absence of coordination in their actions. This practically meant that the Russian and Ossetian servicemen often took the Russian planes for the Georgian ones and brought down fire on them.

According to the experts, the first loss of the Russian Air Forces was the SU-25BM battle-plane that was crashed by the man-portable air defense system above South-Ossetia on August, 8. "It was hit by... the South-Ossetian militia army... The aircraft crash... was broadcasted on TV as the crash of a Georgian plane", - the article says.

The next victim of "the friendly army" was the SU-25SM battle-plane that was returning from its mission with an already disabled left engine. "Soon, while flying over the Southern suburbs of Tskhinvali at a height of 1000 meters, the plane was hit by the man-portable air-defense system in the right engine", - the authors say, pointing out that after the plane was crashed, the South-Ossetian party reported the destruction of a Georgian battle-plane.

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