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Russian SU-34 jets fly with air-to-air missiles in Syria for self-defense for first time
November 30, 2015 / 2:56 PM / in 2 years

Russian SU-34 jets fly with air-to-air missiles in Syria for self-defense for first time

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Su-34 fighter bombers flew in Syria for the first time with air-to-air missiles for self-defense on Monday, a Russian air force official told Russian news agencies, less than a week after a Turkish F-16 shot down a Russian jet.

Igor Klimov, the official, said the air-to-air missiles were capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 60 kilometers (37.28 miles).

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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