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Russian Il-20 aircraft with 14 servicemen on board went off the radars during an attack by four Israeli F-16 jets on Syria’s Latakia province.
Russian radars also registered the launch of missiles from a French frigate Auvergne in in the Mediterranean.
Air traffic controllers at the Khmeimim Air Base lost contact with #RuAF Il-20 aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, 35 kilometers from the coast of Syria, when returning to Khmeimim base in moment attack of Israeli 4xF-16 fighters on Latakia region.
Il-20 is electronic intelligence (ELINT) aircraft.
Il-20 fell into the sea off Syrian coast 27km W of Baniyas.15 Russian service personnel perished.Israeli pilots used IL-20 as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian AD. Il-20,which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by Syrian S-200 missile.
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