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Russia has lost at least 19 aircraft in Syria, 60 soldiers were killed

WASHINGTON, (BM) – From 2015 to 2018, Russia lost at least 19 manned aircraft (11 helicopters and 8 aircraft) in Syria, which led to the death of 23 crew members and 37 passengers, learned BullgarianMilitary.com according US magazine The National Interest, citing open sources.

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The American magazine explains such losses by the inexperience of the Russian military in expeditionary operations and problems with equipment. It was possible to avoid such incidents, as the newspaper writes, using high-precision weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles.

“However, these losses were too small to prevent the Russian Aerospace Forces and naval aviation from completing more than 39,000 sorties in Syria by mid-2018, which changed the course of the conflict in favor of President Bashar Assad,” – concludes the magazine.

The publication recalls that in the period 2014-2020, the United States lost military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria lost the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter and the V-22 Osprey convertiplane.

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In March, Konstantin Sivkov, deputy president of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences for Information Policy, doctor of military sciences, said that the United States could destroy the Russian Khmeimim base in Syria by hitting 300-400 BGM-109 Tomahawk missiles.

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