A recent digital ad for President Trump’s re-election campaign urging the public to “support our troops” has reportedly used a stock image of Russian-made fighter jets and weapons, Politico reported Monday, citing experts who identified the image.
“It’s definitely a MiG-29,” Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, told Politico about the image in the ad. “I’m glad to see that it supports our troops.”
Ruslan Pukhov from the Center for Strategy and Technology Analysis in Moscow also confirmed to Politico that the planes are Russian MiG-29s and said that the soldier on the far right is carrying an AK-74 assault rifle.
The digital ad was made by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee and ran from September 8 to September 1
By identifying the jets of the Politico, Sprey noted the angle of the tail of the aircraft and the distance between the engines. Russia’s MiG-29 was developed during the Cold War specifically to counter US F-15s and F-16s, and the United States got a few to play the opponent in war games, Politico noted.
The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is run by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC).
The Trump campaign and the RNC did not immediately respond to The Hill for comment. RNC declined to comment to Politico.
Politico identified the image used in the ad as a stock photo available on Shutterstock entitled “Military silhouettes of soldiers and air force against the backdrop of the sunset sky.”