Russian pilots resurrect WWII practice in Syria

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Vasily Gomonov/Zvezda

November 7, 2015

TV Zvezda

Translated by Kristina Rus

Russian pilots in Syria began draw stars on planes

The pilots of the Russian air group in Syria are drawing stars on the planes for combat missions. According to the correspondent of TV channel “Zvesda”, our pilots returned to this practice for the first time since the Great Patriotic war. One star is the equivalent of ten combat sorties of the plane.

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Six stars on the front fuselage of Su-34 means that the plane made 60 sorties.

Russia launched a military operation in Syria on September 30, after the official request of President Bashar al-Assad. Point strikes are applied against the “Islamic state” (a terrorist organization banned in Russia). According to the Defense Ministry, the infrastructure of the militants has already been substantially destroyed, in particular, camps for training of suicide bombers have been severely battered.

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