By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans
A video showing fighters touring the recently captured airbase of Tabqa provides an interesting insight in some of the equipment captured by fighters of the Islamic State. An overview can be read below.
First off; Tabqa's gate guard, a MiG-21MF serialed 460, a symbol for what happened to the base.
Two T-62 Model 1972s, once stationed here to protect the base against attacks of the Free Syrian Army. Due the inability of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) to fly in heavy armour, a couple of T-62s were the only sort of armour present at Tabqa.
9M113 Konkurs and 9M133 Kornet anti-tank missiles which were also captured at Tabqa did come with launchers though, their usage in Syria or Iraq can be expected.
Four R-13M air-to-air missiles, once intended to be launched by the MiG-21s based at Tabqa. The second picture shows chaff and flare dispensers in the lower right corner, used by planes for evading MANPADS.
MiG-21bis serialed 2217 in front of a double HAS holding two MiG-21UMs. Apparently no effort had been taken to safely store this plane in the nearby HAS when this video was shot. On the other hand, no effort was taken by the SyAAF to destroy the MiG-21bis either.
A shot at Tabqa's radars, once responsible for detecting any plane entering Syrian territory via the North, now seeminly still intact after the battle for Tabqa. It is likely the Islamic State wanted to capture these intact for possible future use, thus evading any damage from this side. If any of the radars were sabotaged by the defenders is unknown but seems unlikely due to the status of the MiG-21s, which seemed to have been captured without being sabotaged. None of the radars appeared to suffer any kind of damage in the video and curiously enough, none have been targeted by the SyAAF yet.
Two PRV-13 height-finding radars, supporting the single JY-27 also present at this base.
One P-12 early-warning radar, one P-35/37 early-warning and interception radar and a JY-27 long range surveillance radar, the most modern radar captured at the base and one of the most modern radars within Syrian service.
Lastly, a P-14 early-warning radar and another PRV-13 height-finding radar.
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