New Russian fighter jets spotted in Syria

By Middle East Affairs

An Israeli satellite has revealed images of a new Russian aircraft deployment in Syria, Haaretz reports.

The images revealed Saturday show Sukhoi Su-57 planes, which are the first ones Russia has deployed.

In a statement, Haaretz reports the satellite operator said two of the planes were spotted at the Khmeimim air base and that Russia is probably using Syria as a “playground” for testing the jets.

Russian news reports said a few days ago that the country was amping up its forces in Syria with warplanes.

It’s uncertain whether Russia will use these planes in attacks.

Haaretz says the Su-57 is considered a “fifth generation,” a class that includes the F-22 and F-35, which was procured by Israel, and to which the Russian plane is supposedly a response.

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