Russian MiG-29K and Su-33, sunk during the mission of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov near the shores of Syria, will not be recovered.
This was reported by Rambler News Service citing sources in the Ministry of Defence and the aviation industry.
“After the fall of deck fighters near the Syrian coast, a possibility of lifting them from the bottom was considered. However, after assessing all the factors the operation was considered inexpedient,” a spokesman said.
According to him, it would’ve been very expensive to send special deep-water equipment and a ship for search operations to the place of the crash of the aircraft.
“It’s quite costly. At the same time the costs will not be fully justified,” said a source.
Another interviewee said that there is no need to raise the fighters.
“Of course there is classified equipment on board of the aircraft that must not fall into the wrong hands. First of all the IFF system. But when a pilot ejects, this equipment must automatically self-destruct,” he said.
The Syrian mission of a naval group of the Northern Fleet, which included Admiral Kuznetsov, took place from October 2016 to February this year. Two fighters (Su-33 and MiG-29KR) were lost in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean during landing: one of them went beyond the deck, another one fell before it reached the carrier.