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Syria - Air Force Equipment

Numbers in this table probably do not accurately reflect combat attrition sustained during the ongoing civil war. By 2016 IISS was rather optimistic as to the remaining inventory, while FlightGlobal tended towards pessimism, and provided no totals on helicopters.

The US strike on a Syrian air base 07 April 2017 destroyed a fifth of President Bashar al-Assad's working warplanes, Pentagon chief James Mattis said 10 April 2017. "The assessment of the Department of Defense is that the strike resulted in the damage or destruction of fuel and ammunition sites, air defense capabilities, and 20 percent of Syria's operational aircraft," Mattis said in a statement. The US military's Central Command spokesman Colonel John Thomas said the US strike at Shayrat airfield near Homs in central Syria had destroyed more than 20 Syrian jets. A Russian defence ministry spokesman said only six MiG-23s, plus a number of buildings, were destroyed and that only 23 of the missiles had reached Shayrat.

Do the math. One said 20 aircraft, the other said 20 percent, converging on 100 aircraft. This numbers are presumably with reference to fixed-wing combat aircraft, the primary component of the Syrian Air Force. Previous Western open source estimates had placed the Syria's total inventory of fixed-wing combat aircraft in the ballpark of roughly 200 to 275 aircraft. Evidently, attrition due to combat losses and lack of maintenance and spare parts had been significantly worse than open source estimates.

SYSTEMS Inventory
90 95 00 05 10 15 17 20 25 30
FIGHTER/GROUND ATTACK - - - - - - 150-200 - - -
MiG-17 38 - - - - - - - - -
MiG-21 Fishbed H/J 172 160 170 200 159 105 53-70 ? ? ?
MiG-23BN 60 44 44 60 60 50 30-41 ? ? ?
MiG-29SMT - - - 14? - 24 20 ? ? ?
Su-7 15 - - - - - - - - -
Su-20 35 - - - - - - - - -
Su-22 - 90 90 50 50 50 36-42 ? ? ?
Su-24 22 20 20 20 20 20 11-20 ? ? ?
FIGHTER - - - - - - 60-80 - - -
MiG-31 - - - - - 8 ? - - - -
MiG-29 Fulcrum A 30 20 20 42 40+1 40+1 20-30 ? ? ?
MiG-25 30 30 30 30 30 30 2 ? ? ?
MiG-23MLD 80 90 90 107 80 80 39-50 ? ? ?
RECCE - - - - - - - - - -
MiG-25R 6 6 6 8 8 8 ? ? ? ?
MiG-21 Fishbed H/J 6 8 8 40 40 40 ? ? ? ?
EW - - - - - - - - - -
Mi-8 Hip J/K 8 10 - - - - - - - -
TRANSPORT - - - - - - 3-6 - - -
An-12 6 - - - - - - - - -
An-24 4 4 - 1 1 1 1 ? ? ?
An-26 5 5 5 6 6 6 2-6 ? ? ?
PASSENGER / VIP (civilian reg.) - - - - - - 1-15 - - -
Il-76 4 4 4 4 4 3 1-3 ? ? ?
Tu-134   6 6 4 4 4 ?-4 ? ? ?
Yak-40 7 7 7 6 6 6 ?-4 ? ? ?
Da-20 Falcon 2 2 2 2 2 2 ?-2 ? ? ?
Falcon 900 - - 1 1 1 1 ?-1 ? ? ?
PA-31 Navajo - - - 2 2 2 ?-2 ? ? ?
TRAINING - - - - - - 50-100 - - -
Jet - Advanced .. .. .. .. .. .. 6-9 .. .. ..
MiG-29UB2 - - - - 6 6 6 ? ? ?
MiG-21U2 50 20 20 20 20 15 ?-9 ? ? ?
MiG-23UM2 16 6 6 6 6 6 ? ? ? ?
MiG-25U 5 5 5 2 2 - - - - -
Su-7U 5 0 - - - - - - - -
Jet - Intermediate .. .. .. .. .. .. 17-65 .. .. ..
L-392 90 80 80 70 70 40? 17-65 ? ? ?
L-29 10 10 - - - - - - - -
MBB-223 20 20 20 35 35 35 ?? ? ? ?
Prop .. .. .. .. .. .. 36 .. .. ..
MFI-17 Mushshak - 6 6 6 6 6 ? ? ? ?
Yak-130 - - - - - - 36 ? ? ?
HELICOPTERS
Attack .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Mi-25 50 50 48 36 36 33 25 ? ? ?
Transport .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Mi-23 10 18 10 20 20 20 ? ? ? ?
Mi-8 100 60 60 138 100 80 27 ? ? ?
Mi-17 45 40 40 27 ? ? ?
SA-342L 50 50 39 35 35 30 30 ? ? ?
MISSILES
ASM
AT-2 + + + + + - - - - -
AS-7 + + + + + + + ? ? ?
AS-9 - - - + + - - - - -
AS-10 - - - + + - - - - -
AS-11 - - - + + - - - - -
AS-12 + + + + + - - - - -
AS-14 - - - + + - - - - -
AS-17 - - - - + + + ? ? ?
AS-20 - - - - + + + ? ? ?
HOT + + + + + + + ? ? ?
AAM
AA-2 + + + + + + + ? ? ?
AA-6 + + + + + + + ? ? ?
AA-7 + + + + + + + ? ? ?
AA-8 + + + + + + + ? ? ?
AA-10 + + + + + + + ? ? ?
AA-11 - - - - - + + ? ? ?
AA-12 - - - - - + + ? ? ?
MISSILES
AIR DEFENSE COMMAND
SAM
SA-2 392 450 480 320 320 320 320 ? ? ?
SA-3 148 148 148 148 ? ? ?
SA-5 48 48 48 44 44 44 44 ? ? ?
SA-6 200 200 200 195 195 195 195 ? ? ?
SA-7A/SA-7B + + 4000 4000 4000 4000 4000 ? ? ?
SA-8 60 60 60 - - - - - - -
SA-10 - - - - - - ? ? ? ?

Source: The Military Balance,
International Institute for Strategic Studies ; SIPRI

Notes

    1 - This number may include approximately 6 MiG-29UB 2-place trainers.

    2 - These training aircraft are also combat capable.

    3 - Listed in the source as "PZL Mi-2 Hoplite," these may in fact be PZL W-3 Sokols.




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