The US-Russian power dynamic in Syria reflects aerospace tensions in the Al-Tanf region, with multiple reported incursions by both sides.
Escalation of transgressions: F-35, F-16 and the RuAF in Syria
The Syrian region of Al-Tanf has been the scene of 19 “transgressions” in a single day, as reported by Moscow. US warplanes were involved in these events, specifically three pairs of F-35 jets and four pairs of F-16 jets, along with other air equipment.
Vice Admiral Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, highlighted the persistent threat in Syrian airspace posed by the US coalition. In this context, a specific incident was cited in which an F-16 got dangerously close to a Russian Su-35.
In addition to these events, pro-US coalition aircraft have infringed on Syrian airspace numerous times in previous weeks, fueling concern among observers and military officials.
Incidents with F-35 and Russian Aerospace Forces: the growing tension
A recent incident that occurred on August 14 highlighted two F-35 fighters approaching a Su-35 under the command of the Russian Aerospace Forces. This confrontation occurred in the tensely politicized Syrian territory.
Russia has denounced incursions in the Al-Tanf region, specifically pointing to aircraft such as the F-16, F-35, Rafale, Typhoon, and MQ-1C drones as responsible. These reports add to the region’s growing record of transgressions and air tensions.
On the other hand, the Western media have also highlighted alleged Russian violations, which shows the growing mistrust and mutual accusations between the two powers.
Answers and accusations: the role of CENTCOM and the Air Force
The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) has been a relevant source in this dynamic, initially revealing the escalation of tensions between the United States and Russia. CENTCOM ‘s statements often focus on alleged Russian transgressions in the region.
Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich, the US Air Force Central Command leader, had previously warned about circumstances fraught with the potential for serious missteps in the region. According to him, the Russian Air Force’s conduct has shown a marked deterioration in professional terms.
In contrast, Russia has leveled its own accusations towards the US-led International Coalition, outlining multiple transgressions and provocative conduct by US aircraft and personnel.
Future implications: an armed confrontation on the horizon?
The constant accusations and retaliation between the United States and Russia suggest an escalation of tensions that materializes in diplomacy and actual military operations. Fighters and ground personnel are being actively used in this confrontation.
The current situation, charged with mutual accusations and numerous incidents in the air, makes us consider the possibility of an armed confrontation between the two superpowers in the region.