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The Potential Impact of the Saudi Air Force over Syria

Lacklustre progress, especially on the ground in Yemen conceals the power and respectable capabilities of the Royal Saudi Air Force. With the prospect of increased involvement over Syria, this matters

With the announcement of an upcoming deployment of fighter aircraft from the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) to Incirlik in Turkey for operations over northern Syria, it is worth examining Riyadh’s capabilities. It is common knowledge that the Saudi-led coalition attempting to subdue Iranian-backed Houthi rebel forces in Yemen has suffered heavy losses and made only modest progress since the ground intervention commenced in earnest in September 2015. Footage of Saudi M1A2 Abram

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Justin Bronk

Research Fellow, Airpower & Technology

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