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Tango0130 Nov 2019 1:11 p.m. PST

… Fighter in 2017?.

"Key point: Although Moscow claimed they damaged the fighter in 2017, the proof is unclear as to what exactly happened.

Pro-Russian media are claiming that an Israeli F-35I was hit and damaged by a Russian-made S-200 surface-to-air missile during an Israeli air strike in Syria earlier this month. Israel says one of its F-35s was damaged—after colliding with a bird…"
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2019 2:11 p.m. PST

I suspect the bird strike is more plausible, but even the Russians/Syrians can get lucky, if they throw enough stuff into the air.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2019 5:54 p.m. PST

Ummmmm, so a Russian made S-200 surface-to-air missile hit simply causes a bit of damage? I do not think there was a hit…

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 2:28 p.m. PST

Possibility of a bad proximity blast, and/or a weapon failure, but I think that is quite a bit less likely than the birdstrike report.

Barin102 Dec 2019 2:27 a.m. PST

just for the record, we're talking about extremely "patriotic" and not especially reliable Russian media here.
Our MOD has not reported anything similar.
S-200 is good (and old) and not this good to score a guided hit on a stealth. Still, it throws a lot of "shrapnel" into the air, so you can indeed score a hit you were not hoping for.

emckinney02 Dec 2019 5:48 p.m. PST

Yevgeni, do you have a web site up anywhere? Contact information?

Lion in the Stars02 Dec 2019 8:09 p.m. PST

@Barin: Thanks! I'd believe fragment damage from an SA-5, no chance in hell it was a direct hit except by the Israeli pilot flying head-on into the missile!

Barin102 Dec 2019 11:44 p.m. PST

no site, but you can always contact me
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