SPECIAL UPDATE: SU-24 Navigator Tells His Story to the Press

Turkey supports “Turkmen Rebels” allied with ISIS, who allegedly killed a Russian pilot.

This is a special update to my post from earlier this morning.

LifeNews posted an exclusive interview  with the navigator of the downed SU-24.  We think that his name is Captain Konstantin Murakhtin.  During the interview, for security reasons, he keeps his back to the camera, and the journalists only call him by the name “Konstantin”.  His voice sounds a bit strange and cut off, almost as if dubbed in.  Which makes me wonder if his words actually were dubbed in later, by a different man, in order to disguise Konstantin’s voice.

Here is my translation into English of the interview:

Reporter:  How do you feel?

Konstantin (7 seconds in):  On the whole, I am okay.  Our military medics perform miracles.

Reporter:  Do you know that area well, where your crew was flying?

Konstantin (19 seconds in):  Of course.  We had performed many military missions, and I know that area like the back of my hand.  We had already completed our (bombing) mission and were heading back to the base.  As the navigator, I know the way perfectly well, even without using the (plane’s) navigational devices.

Reporter:  Konstantin, they say that for jet pilots, a kilometer is nothing more than a single second.  It is possible that you and the captain without even noticing it might have wandered outside of the borders of Syrian air space?

Konstantin (1:03 minutes in):  No.  That is impossible.  Not even for one second.  All the more so, as the weather was perfectly fine and the skies were clear.  Our entire route, up until the moment the rocket hit us, was under my full control.  I could see very clearly on the map and below, where the border was, and where we were.  We received no threats, no warnings from the Turks.

Reporter:  So it’s not true that you received several warnings about crossing the Turkish border?

Konstantin (1:46 minutes in):  In reality, we received no warnings whatsoever.  Not by radio communication, nor visual.  There was no contact whatsoever, which is why we continued on our usual course.  If they had wished to warn us, they could have flown alongside us.  But there was nothing like that.  The rocket hitting us in the tail  came as a complete surprise.  We didn’t even see it coming, visually.  Therefore we had no time to undertake evasive maneuvers.

Reporter:  What is the next step in your medical treatment?

Konstantin (2:39 minutes in):  I am waiting with impatience for the doctors to discharge me so that I can return to my rotation.  I intend to request from my superiors, that they continue my rotation at the same airbase.  So I can “pay it forward” for my Commander.

 

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9 Responses to SPECIAL UPDATE: SU-24 Navigator Tells His Story to the Press

  1. spartacus says:

    I keep asking myself what was Erdogan thinking when he approved this course of action. If it achieved one thing, it made the Russians more determined to help the Syrian Arab Army to secure the Syria – Turkey border.

    “Activists said there were ongoing clashes on Wednesday in the northern Latakia countryside where the plane fell, as well as airstrikes by either Russian or Syrian warplanes. Jahed Ahmad, a spokesman for a rebel brigade in the region affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, said the Russians appeared to be taking revenge for the plane’s downing by Turkey and were providing cover for advancing Syrian ground forces and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/25/second-russian-pilot-shot-down-turkey-alive-ambassador

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    • Jen says:

      One possibility was that by approving the shoot-down of the Su-24 fighter jet, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (he was the one who approved) would draw both Russia and the rest of NATO into a war that would result in Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s downfall. Turkey is a member of NATO and probably hoped to invoke Article 5 of the NATO Treaty by provoking Russia to attack one of the F16 jets that shot down the Sukhoi.

      There will be other possible reasons for the shoot-down: among them, deflecting the Turkish public’s attention away from the stacking of Davutoglu’s new cabinet with Erdogan cronies and loyalists, including Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak as energy minister; giving a life-line to ISIS by keeping the Turkish-Syrian border region under Turkish control; and at the same time stopping ISIS takfiris from fleeing back into Turkey itself where they might create problems for the government.

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      • yalensis says:

        From the point of view of binary logic, either

        (1) the Turks just made a stupid mistake, and are scrambling to justify it; or
        (2) it was a pre-planned provocation designed to pit NATO against Russia; maybe one last desperate hope to avert a Syrian government victory against Erdogan’s chosen team of Sunni Islamists.

        And factoring in the factors which Jen mentions, Erdogan’s “domestic” situation – literally “domestic” – ha ha! and need to divert attention from his nepotism, etc.

        Or maybe BOTH (1) and (2), i.e., Turks have been instructed to watch for opportunity and seize on it when it happens; but this was not the right one, they could have waited and found a better one (?)

        And one must also keep in mind, that this entire war is GLOBAL, and there are 2 sides lined up on various fronts. Is it just sheer coincidence that the Crimea blackout happened at the same time? I am all for random coincidences, but not this time.
        Because Right Sektor, Djemiliev, Yatsenuk et al are bona fide members of the “ISIS Coalition”. By blacking out Crimea, they force Russia to fight on 2 fronts. Already Russian navy is too stretched out: They should be in Sebastopol, helping the locals with diesel generators; instead, they are far away, supporting Syrian operation.

        This is NOT conspiracy talk, when one recalls that several prominent members of Ukrainian government, including Yats, fought against Russia in Chechnya and formed alliances with jihadists there. Recall that the Chechen Adam Osmaev, and his jihadi wife, were spotted guarding the ruined electrical pylons in Kherson.
        The same warriors, the very same coalition. Literally, an “Islamo-Fascist” global coalition. They fight against Russia on 2 major fronts now.
        For these reasons, I don’t see Erdogan’s actions as a random mistake.
        It was a tactical mistake, maybe, but not a random accident.

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        • Cortes says:

          The RF might usefully refer to “western ” reports of the unreliability of its cruise missiles and have a few “go astray ” AGAIN when opportune? So sorry about your rally. Oops.

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      • spartacus says:

        “…would draw both Russia and the rest of NATO into a war that would result in Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s downfall.”

        If that is indeed the case, then the Turks are crazier than I thought. Trying to start a war that has the potential to go nuclear at some point, only because you want to remove al-Assad is a really extreme and dumb move.

        “giving a life-line to ISIS by keeping the Turkish-Syrian border region under Turkish control”

        Well, I think they just got the opposite result…

        “…Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (he was the one who approved)…”

        My bad. I just assumed that nothing moves in Turkey without prior approval from Sultan Erdogan

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  2. astabada says:

    The rocket hitting us in the tail came as a complete surprise. We didn’t even see it coming, visually. Therefore we had no time to undertake evasive maneuvers.

    Does anyone know whether the SU 24 can detect incoming missiles?

    The fact that they didn’t “see” the missile coming seems to disprove the Turkish claim that an AMRAAM was used.

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    • yalensis says:

      Excellent question, does anyone know the answer?

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      • Northern Star says:

        Appears as if we would need to know exactly what SU-24 variant was involved:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Su-24
        “Initial Su-24s had basic electronic countermeasures (ECM) equipment, with many Su-24s limited to the old Sirena radar-warning receiver with no integral jamming system. Later-production Su-24s had more comprehensive radar warning, missile-launch warning, and active ECM equipment, with triangular antennas on the sides of the intakes and the tip of the vertical fin”
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_warning_receiver

        Some of those guys (gals) on KS appear to be senior weapons officers from Star Fleet….Ummm…maybe we should ask them

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        • yalensis says:

          We should.
          The unpleasant corollary seems to be that this particular Sukhoi didn’t sense a missile shooting up its ass! Either that, or the pilots turned off the radar, because they weren’t expecting anything hostile to come at them.
          Given the fact that ISIS doesn’t have its own air force, maybe that was even a reasonable assumption, I don’t know.

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