DAMASCUS, (BM) – The attack on the Khmeimim air base in Latakia was launched by terrorists on March 24 using unmanned aerial vehicles, a source told information agency Krasnaya Vesna in the Syrian Arab Republic.
A terrorist UAV tried to approach the Khmeimim air base, a source said. Air base air defense shot down drones on approach, he added.
There are no casualties among citizens, the source said. At the Khmeimim air base in Syria, the Russian group of the Russian aerospace forces is located. The base is covered by Russian and Syrian air defense systems.
Additional cover for the airfield gives the terrain. The air base is located at the foot of the high mountain range of Ansaria, which separates the coastal part of Syria from the interior.
We recall that in the beginign of March the Russian military air base Khmeimim, which is Russia’s largest military base in Syria, was attacked again from territory controlled by Turkish troops.
Russian air defense systems deployed in the area of the Khmeimim air base in Syria shot down two armed drones.
Then was reported that armed drones were launched from militant-controlled territory in Idlib province. Air defense systems shot them down over the city of Jebl in Latakia province.
At the end of September 2015, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, General Philip Breedlove, said that the kind of military infrastructure that Russia had installed in Syria, which included anti-aircraft defence systems, was a de facto no-fly zone.
An article on Drive in early 2018 said that the regularity of attacks on the air base could be “troublesome for Moscow’s narrative and are likely an indication of how the conflict in Syria will morph in the coming months.”
What kind of Russian military equipment is deployed in Khmeimim Air Base?
Within several months in 2015 new infrastructure was built: air-conditioned accommodation for approximately 1,000 people, an air traffic control tower, runway extensions, storage facilities, field kitchens, and refuelling stations. Supplies were flown in from Russia or shipped via Tartus harbour 50 km (31 mi) away.
The base is reported to be capable of handling Antonov An-124 Ruslan and Ilyushin Il-76M transport aircraft; the deployed aircraft included Sukhoi Su-24Ms, Sukhoi Su-25s, and Sukhoi Su-34s, reconnaissance aircraft Il-20M as well as T-90 tanks, BTR-82 vehicles, artillery, with Mil Mi-24, Mi-28, Ka-52 gunships and Mil Mi-8 support helicopters.
After the 24 November 2015 shootdown of a Su-24M, a S-400 defensive missile system was installed, allowing Russia to defend the air space from Southern Turkey to Northern Israel.
At the end of January 2016, Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets started to be deployed.
In February 2016, one Tupolev Tu-214R was reported to have been deployed.
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