Could a U.S. Fighter Jet Get Shot Down in Syria?

    Dave Majumdar

    Security,

    For the myriad forces flying over Syria, it is clear that the airspace might not be as permissive as some might have believed.

    With the recent downings of an Israeli-owned Lockheed Martin F-16I Sufa and a Russian Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot, the question of exactly how dangerous the air environment over Syria is arises. For the myriad forces flying over Syria, it is clear that the airspace might not be as permissive as some might have believed.

    “We constantly assess,” Lt. Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command told reporters. “In fact I would tell you every day we are assessing the threat in the operational environment. And I say because that would include Syria or any other place that I’ve got my airplanes flying.”

    To ensure that its aircraft are safe over Syria, the United States Air Force works very closely with the American intelligence community to assess the danger. “We are consistently working very closely with the intelligence community to fully understand what that threat is, so that I can make smart decisions and provide guidance for my airmen with respect to what those threat levels,” Harrigian said. “We provide that to the team, and I give them guidance in terms of allowable risk levels.”

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