Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery showing Russian navy Su-33 jets parked among Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft at Humaymim Air Base in Syria on 20 November. Source: CNES 2016, Distribution Airbus DS / IHS
IHS Jane's 360: Russian carrier jets flying from Syria, not Kuznetsov
Many of the fast jets that were embarked on the Russia aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov have been flown to the main Russian air base in Syria, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery obtained by IHS Jane's shows.
The imagery shows eight Russian Federation Navy Su-33 and one MiG-29KR jets alongside various Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) aircraft at Humaymim Air Base in Latakia province on 20 November.
Kuznetsov can carry around 20 fast jets and is known to have embarked at least eight Su-33s for its current deployment in the Eastern Mediterranean, and at least four of the new MiG-29KR multirole fighters for the first time. One of the new jets crashed on 14 November, an incident that a Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement attributed to an unspecified "equipment fault during an approach for deck landing".
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Update: Satellite images highlight potential problems with Russia’s lone aircraft carrier (Washington Post)
WNU Editor: This must have spooked them .... Mig-29 Fighter Jet From Russian Aircraft Carrier Crashes Off The Coast Of Syria (November 14, 2016).