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ISIS jet-fired air-to-air missiles seized by the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor

27 January 2018 11:44


Among yet another series of Islamic State weapons stockpile recently uncovered by the Syrian Arab Army in the country’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor was an interesting find: air-to-air missiles.

In previous days, the Syrian Army discovered a number of ISIS arms caches throughout the towns of Al-Hasrat, As-Siyal and Al-Jalaa (located north of Abu Kamal city) in Deir Ezzor province.

Among the expected array of machine guns, shoulder-fire rocket launchers and small arms ammunition that was found was also a couple of unexpected weapon systems – these being two air-to-air missiles (shown above).

The missiles are of the now obsolete Soviet-made K-13 (code-named by NATO as AA-2 Atoll) design which itself is reportedly a reserve copy of the original US-built AIM-9 Sidewinder models.

In the picture, the missile on the right (with the red tip) is a heat-seeking model whilst the missile on the left is a a radar-guided model.

Furthermore, given the larger rear fins the on left missile, it appears that it is perhaps of the K-13M variant (a modernized version of the K-13 with increased maneuverability).

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