An ad released by the fundraising arm of the Trump campaign on September 11 that urges the public to "support our troops" ironically uses a stock photo featuring Russian-made fighter jets and weapons.
"That's definitely a MiG-29", Pierre Sprey, an expert who helped design types of aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, told Politico. "I'm glad to see it's supporting our troops".
In July 2015, just a month into Trump's initial presidential run, his campaign tweeted and then rapidly deleted an image extolling Trump's leadership after it was discovered that the ad had superimposed a USA flag over a stock photo image of Nazi soldiers as a part of the collage.
If four years of dodging unsubstantiated accusations of colluding with Russian Federation were not enough for President Donald Trump, his campaign managed to add oil to the fire by making a military-themed snafu in its digital ad, which was active between 8 and 12 September.
According to Politico, the image used in the ad came from Shutterstock under the description "Military silhouettes of soldiers and airforce against the backdrop of sunset sky".
The creator of the image, named "BPTU", says they are based in Andorra.
Designed during the Soviet era and still in service, the MiG-29 has been widely exported over the decades and is still in use today, making it one of the world's most recognisable fighter jets.
It was developed during the Cold War specifically to counter American F-15 and F-16s, and the USA even obtained a few to play the adversary in war games.
Russian Federation has also exported them to a number of countries, including North Korea, Syria, India and Uzbekistan.
In 1997, the USA even bought 21 "nuclear-capable" MiG-29 planes from Moldova to keep them from getting in the hands of adversaries such as Iran.
At the same time, one of the soldiers, who is present in the original stock image but was cut off from the Trump campaign's ad, is holding a rifle with a front sight typical of Kalashnikov assault rifles.
The RNC declined to comment.