A full minute passed between the moment the decision was made and the order was given and the Sukhoi was shot down
A Syrian plane infiltrated 800 meters into Israeli territory this morning before being intercepted by a “Patriot” battery A Sukhoi-24 fighter/bomber that infiltrated Israeli airspace this morning was intercepted by a “Patriot” battery. The aircraft infiltrated approximately 800 meters into Israeli territory. Fragments of the plane fell in Syria
A Syrian two-seat Sukhoi-24, was intercepted this morning at the northern border of the State of Israel. The jet was intercepted by the soldiers of the Aerial Defense Division operating the “Patriot” SAM batteries. The aircraft infiltrated at 08:57 approximately 800 meters into Israeli territory. A full minute passed between the moment the decision was made and the order was given and the Sukhoi was shot down. The fragments fell in Syria, while the aircrew most likely used the ejection system and was evacuated for medical treatment.
Since the outbreak of Syrian Civil War in 2011, there has been an increase of the dispatches of IAF interceptors in order to prevent breaches of Israeli airspace. The alertness on the northern border has proven itself in the past: a month ago, an unmanned aerial vehicle that was detected in the Quneitra area was also intercepted by a “Patriot” battery.
The Syrian Air Force was founded in 1946 and operates approximately 700 aircrafts nowadays. The last downing of a Syrian jet by the IAF took place in November of 1985, when two MiG-23 jets were downed by F-15 fighter jets.
Israeli airspace is a “Red Line” in the defense of the citizens of the state and its property because within a matter of minutes, an enemy fighter jet can reach the center of the country. The decision-making process regarding downing an enemy jet that breaches the borders of the state is an orderly process and is practiced a lot in the IAF.