Russian combat aircraft have been spotted in Syria raising concerns Moscow may launch strikes to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Sukhoi Su-30 is a twin-engine, two seat fighter aircraft developed by Russia’s Sukhoi Aviation Corporation. It is a multirole fighter for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface interdiction missions.

Photo source: @AllSourceA on twitter.
Photo source: @AllSourceA on twitter.

It is also rumoured that Russia has sent combat vehicles including helicopters and armoured personnel carriers to Syria.

Russia has previously confirmed it has sent personnel to Syria to oversee arms deliveries, this was the first official confirmation of an expanded Russian presence in the country.

This comes after the United States attempts to halt a suspected Russian military buildup in Syria by asking various countries to close their airspace to Russian transport aircraft bound for Syria. Bulgaria publicly sided with the US and denied access to the transport aircraft. Despite attempts to hinder the Russian deployment, Antonov An-124 transport aircraft have now landed in Latakia, Syria.

They have reportedly unloaded large containers containing modular housing units as well as portable air traffic control equipment.

Vladimir Djabarov, vice-president of Russia’s foreign affairs council, told state press agency Tass that the aircraft contained only “humanitarian cargo”. This is now known to be incorrect.

The Russian aircraft raise fears of an accidental encounter as coalition aircraft fly over Syria to combat Islamic State.

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David Wardle

Trust Cameron to get it wrong
What a muppet
He won’t do anything with out Obama to tell him
Same as he’s waiting for Merkel in the Eec

UK Defence Journal

What are you talking about? It was Cameron that stopped Obama attacking the Syrian regime…

Matthew Stephen Boyall

Cameron is a lap dog! We need a lion in charge not a sheep

Julien Dixon

Who is the bigger threat? Assad or ISIS?

Alex Atkinson

The Russians!

Andrew 'Taz' Tarrant

Putin

Bradley Hayward

agreed the mussos are only killing themselves the russians pose the real threat to everyone else

Clovis Da Cruz

ISIS and NATO.

Steve Haddon

You really need to ask ? ?

Republik PeNyu

Both

Monirul Hasan

great news

Jason Bartlett

Mmm well as long as there there to attack isis thats fine but if they start attacking targets in support of assad it could start something more.

Afrez Jbs

armageddon war is coming .. the last battle before end of world …

Chris Moss

What happens when Ivan downs a coalition drone? Do we pretend it did not happen or respond?

Kenneth Burns

What makes you think they will down a drone?

Chris Moss

Putin has always liked to see how far he can push NATO to judge the response and I think that it is real possibility.I will be a happy chappie if I am taking Tommy rot.

Howie Elliott

Putin is a double dealing bastard….

Bruce Bjolin

Russia needs to get a taste of “FAT BOY”