Russian Federation has ordered its warplanes in Syria to fly higher to avoid being shot down by shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles after one of its jets was downed at the weekend, the Izvestia daily reported on Monday. Roman Filipov, killed in a mission in Syria on Saturday to Moscow, a Turkish official said on Wednesday.
Roman Filipov, the pilot of the Russian Su-25 jet that was recently downed in Syria, in his home city of Voronezh, according to the Interior Ministry for the Voronezh Region.
The Izvestia daily said a decision had been taken that such planes would in future only fly above a ceiling of 5,000 meters in an effort to keep them safe. The ministry said that though such a policy had been previously in force, for some reason it is no longer followed.
More than 40 Russian servicemen have reportedly been killed in Syria since Moscow's intervention in the conflict on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015. Russian Federation carried out a series of "pinpoint strikes" against rebel targets to respond to the shooting down, said Peskov.
Konashenkov said that the Russian Ministry of Defense was working to establish the types of MANPADS obtained by terrorists and channels for their delivery.
The ministry said he had fought to his last breath after ejecting and parachuting to the ground where rebels had attacked him in Idlib Province. First, he used his handgun against attackers and then blew up himself with a hand grenade.
Tens of thousands of Russians attended a mourning ceremony Thursday for a Russian pilot who blew himself up to avoid being captured by the militants in Syria who downed his plane.