Russia sent a large number of combat and attack helicopters to Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Several Russian media report that Russia has begun to strengthen the power of its air bases in Syria, including the largest there Kmeimim, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
With this action, Moscow aims to significantly increase its helicopter strength in the region, say sources from the Russian Ministry of Defense. To this end, the Russians have begun transferring a significant number of combat and attack helicopters to Syria.
Much of the information was obtained based on reading satellite images in the regions of the air bases and the observed number of helicopters there. Experts say transport planes have transported aircraft that will be needed primarily to patrol northern and northwestern Syria.
Military experts say Russia’s actions are aimed at preventing US and Turkish authorities from obtaining classified information about Russia’s new fighter jets, and Moscow has therefore chosen to transfer more helicopter forces to the country, protecting Russia’s new sensitive equipment.
Most of the helicopters were sent to Kamishli Air Force Base, a former US base but abandoned by Washington.
7 cargo planes flew from Russia to Syria. Are we talking about new arms supplies?
As we reported on August 28 a number of Russian cargo planes were tracked heading from Moscow to the Hmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia Governorate this week.
According to Avia.Pro, the Russian air caravan consisted of seven large IL-76 cargo planes, which “may indicate the delivery of a large batch of unknown weapons to the Arab Republic, including experimental ones.”
The publication said: “This is the first time that such a large number of aircraft were seen en route to Syria, which raised many questions.”
While it remains unclear what the jets were transporting, Avia.Pro indicated that the aircraft may also be transferring weapons to Libya, where the Russian Federation is currently supporting the Libyan National Army (LNA).
A telegram channel reportedly released the first details of the flight plan after tracking the aircraft from Moscow to the Syrian coast.
“A large group of transport IL-76 (7 units) arrived from the Chkalovsky airfield to Syria tonight. There hasn’t been such a caravan of cargo boards for a long time. Let’s see where they will go next,” the Telegram channel, Hunter’s Notes, reported, citing a picture of the route.
Avia.Pro added that some reports claim armored vehicles and air defense equipment may be on board the IL-76 military transport aircraft, provided that the planes are sent to the Arab Republic, however, by the current hour, there are no official statements either from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation or from officials in Damascus.
War in Syria
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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