Russian SU-34s in Syria armed with air-to-air missiles for first time

21:20, 30 November 2015
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Russian Su-34 fighter bombers flew in Syria for the first time with air-to-air missiles for self-defence 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, Reuters reported.

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Igor Klimov, the Russian Aerospace Forces spokesman , said the air-to-air missiles were capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 60 kilometres (37.28 miles), according to Reuters.

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