Sukhoi Su-17 - Operational History - Libya

Libya

Two Libyan Su-22s were shot down in the Gulf of Sidra incident by U.S. Navy Grumman F-14 Tomcats on 19 August 1981. One Su-22 fired an AA-2 Atoll missile head-on at one of the F-14s from an estimated 300 meters closing distance. Both were then downed by AIM-9 missiles.

A Libyan Su-22 crashed near the city of Benghazi, Libya on 23 February 2011. The crew members, Captain Attia Abdel Salem al Abdali and his number two, Ali Omar Gaddafi, were ordered to bomb the city in response to the 2011 Libyan civil war. They refused, bailing out of the aircraft and parachuting to the ground. Su-22s were heavily used by the Libyan loyalist forces against the insurgent forces from mid February up to mid March 2011, when the international mission started and the no fly zone was imposed. Among other missions, Su-22s also attacked Anti-Gaddafi positions on Bin Jawad in early March 2011 as government forces retook the town. Some Libyan Air Force Su-22s were claimed shot down by the rebels. One was destroyed on the ground by a Belgian Air Force F-16AM on 27 March. Other Libyan Air Force Su-22s were probably destroyed in the opening nights of the UN air raids in their shelters.

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