War Thunder devs' Apache: Air Assault mistaken by news anchor for Russian airstrikes in Syria

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Opinionated Egyptian news anchor Ahmed Moussa spent his most recent telly slot this week praising Russian military airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria. As supposed footage of Putin’s military might rolled, he noted the effectiveness and precision of the Russians. And he was right about that - just not in the way he expected.

The clip was in fact taken from Moscow studio Gaijin Entertainment’s Apache: Air Assault - a combat flight sim released five years ago on the Dagor engine that now powers War Thunder.

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“Yes, this is the Russian army, this is Russian weaponry, this is Putin,” said the anchor, as translated by the Washington Post. “Yes, they are countering terrorism, truly countering it. Now you will see a terrifying video, terrifying.”

The footage kicks in at around 2:45.

Now here’s the same sequence in Air Assault - replete with British accents.

For their part, Gaijin are iterating on Air Assault’s confusing realism with Dagor 4.0 in War Thunder. You divebombed anyone in that lately?

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MrJinxed Avatar
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1 Year ago

The famous British detachment of the Russian airforce. Jesus christ that's dumb, lol.

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Anakhoresis Avatar
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1 Year ago

"Yes, this is the Russian Army"

Ummm... No one recognised the English language being spoken?

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Dog Pants(6 hours played)
1 Year ago

Mistake or propaganda? How many Syrians will ever know that this wasn't genuine I wonder.

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Aever Avatar
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1 Year ago

How are news made?

1. Someone decides "we need something on the Russians bombing stuff in Syria"

2. An editor quickly googles "Military bombing videos" and puts together a montage

3. Some mindless presenter recites what it's written on his prompter while the video is played

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