Last June, a Syrian Air Force Colonel flew a MiG-21 aircraft to Jordan and requested asylum. The Syrian government immediately said they wanted the
pilot and aircraft back, and that he hadn't asked for asylum, despite him having removed all name, rank, and unit markings from his flight suit.
Now US Intel teams allegedly have said that the MiG-21 has been modified to carry WMDs and fly unmanned. The report has yet to be confirmed, but if
true would allow the Syrian government to carry out kamikaze attacks against any targets within range of the aircraft. The aircraft could be
preprogrammed to fly a certain route, and hit a target at the end of it.
It's believed that Russian engineers assisted with the conversion, although it's not known if this is the only one, or if there are more of them
that have been converted.
This is coming from Israel, so I'm taking it with a grain of salt. It wouldn't be hard to convert them to an unmanned missile, but why would Russia
help with that? It's like with the Iskander missiles, and it would provide more fuel to the powder keg that is the region. I have the feeling that
this is someone looking for more of an excuse to hit targets in Syria, either with or without US/NATO support.
According to Israel Hayom daily, the Mig-21 fighter jet flown by a defecting Syrian pilot to Jordan last June was found to have been modified by
the Syrian Arab Air Force to carry weapon of mass destruction and to fly without a pilot.
Indeed, U.S. experts who examined the plane believe that, with the help of Russia, Assad’s engineers have converted that airframe and possibly some
more of the same type in the SyAAF inventory.
The Syrian Mig-21, piloted by Colonel Hassan Hamada landed at the King Hussein Air Base in Mafraq, Jordan, on Jun. 21.
Even if Hamada had removed his rank and requested political asylum upon landing in Jordan, the regime immediately denied that the Mig had defected and
requested the airplane (and its pilot) to be returned.
Inspection conducted by U.S. intelligence teams on the plane revealed modifications that could explain why Syria put so much pressure on Jordan to
have the jet back.