17:47 Nov. 30, 2016
The jet were moved ashore from the only Russian air carrier
The Russian jets from the Admiral Kuznetsov air carrier squadron were redeployed to the base in the Syrian town of Hmeymim because of their inability to take off from the carrier's flightdeck, The Times reports referring to its sources.
The squadron lacks experienced pilots able to perform successful naval takeoffs and landings and corresponding technical capacities aboard.
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The aerial photos made on November 20 and published by the IHS Jane's magazine, 8 Russian Su-33 and one MiG-29 are seen at the Russian base in the Syrian province of Latakia. Previously those jets were known as belonging to the Admiral Kuznetsov's wing.
The report goes after confirmation from Russia's defence ministry of the alleged MiG-29 crash in the mid-November. The pilot reportedly failed to land aboard and stick to the arresting gear on the air carrier and eventually plunged into the sea when its engines failed.
The Admiral Kuznetsov's squadron pilots were redeployed ashore when their skills in naval takeoffs and landings had been proven too low, the source told the Times.
The only Russian air carrier turned out to be unfit for large-scale strike sorties, the source adds.