DAMASCUS, (BM) – A few days ago, several An-124 military transport aircraft made a mysterious flight from Arkhangelsk to the Khmeimim airbase in Syria, delivering, according to some, as yet officially unconfirmed information, several additional combat aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro.
“Unconfirmed: several military aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces were delivered to the Khmeimim airbase [for the Syrian air force?] On the Russian An-124s. Let’s wait,” reports Last Defender’s Twitter account.
Apparently, the An-124 planes followed a flight from Arkhangelsk to the Khmeimim air base, with an intermediate landing in Krymsk. What was on board the Russian military transport planes is not known for certain, however, these giant planes may well carry several large weapons on board, including fighters and bombers
It is noteworthy that the flights was made from the northern part of Russia, although the planes spent only a few hours at the Khmeimim airbase, after which it returned to Russia, which obviously indicates the fact that the unloading of the side passed quite quickly.
Given the fact that Russia recently handed over its MiG-29 fighters to the Syrian military, it was also suggested that if there really were military fighters and bombers on board, they were intended for the Syrian air force.
Russia continues to supply weapons to Syria, most recently delivering dozens of tanks
The Russian Ministry of Defense is continuing its military equipment deliveries to the Syrian Arab Republic, as another cargo ship was photographed transiting the Bosphorus Strait between the Mediterranean and Black seas, as we reported on July 6.
According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the LST Saratov 150 of the Black Sea Fleet was seen transiting the Bosphorus Strait, en route to the Syrian port-city of Tartous.
As pointed out by Isik below, the Saratov 150 specializes in transporting armored vehicles, including tanks and armored personnel carriers (APC).
“Russia’s Syria campaign continues: ВМФ Project 1171 ЧФ BlackSea Fleet 197th Landing Ship Brigade Tapir (NATO:Alligator) class tank/APC carrying LST Saratov 150 transited Bosphorus towards Med en route to Russian naval base in Tartus (formerly 720th Logistics Support Point)” Isik said in his Twitter account.
The delivery of tanks and other armored vehicles to Syria is incredibly important at this juncture, especially since the Turkish military’s attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) equipment in early March of this year.
During the Turkish military attack, several soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) were killed, while tens of armored and technical vehicles were destroyed by the barrage.
Since the attack, however, the Russian Ministry of Defense has increased its cargo shipments to Syria, as this is the third time this year that Moscow has shipped tanks and other armored vehicles to the Arab Republic.
Russia usually amplifies these deliveries to Syria when they are planning a new offensive; this is especially true, given the Syrian Army’s buildup around the Jabal Al-Zawiya region of southern Idlib.
On June 16, Moscow sent a ship with heavy military equipment to support Assad regime
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on june 16 this year a Russian cargo ship was photographed transiting the Bosphorus Strait towards the Mediterranean waters this week, as they continue to send military equipment to the government forces in Syria.
According several sources the Saint Petersburg-based TGK-SPB’s Russian flag roro vessel, Sparta, which is owned by Ministry of Defense’s Oboronlogistika, transited the Bosphorus Strait en route to the Syrian port-city of Tartous.
They said the ship’s cargo was made up of military and technical supplies, which undoubtedly be delivered to the Syrian Armed Forces, who are currently in the process of preparing for a new offensive in the Idlib Governorate.
Russia also has sent a dangerously armed submarine to the shores of Syria
As we reported on June 24 a heavily-armed Russian submarine was monitored same day, transiting the Bosphorus Strait for the eastern Mediterranean.
According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet 4th Independent Submarine Brigade’s Project 636.3Kilo+ class submarine Rostov-na-Donu Б237 has entered Mediterranean waters, armed with Kalibr cruise missiles.
While the destination for the Russian submarine is still unknown, it is likely to deploy to the coast of either Syria or Libya.
Typically, when these heavily-armed submarines head to Syria, they often carry out attacks against enemy forces.
With reports of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) gearing up for a new offensive in the Idlib Governorate, it would make sense for the Russian Navy to prepare its cruise missiles for combat support to the SAA.
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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