Contents tagged with Khmeimim

  • Russian Defense Ministry denies destruction of seven aircraft but admits bombardment of airbase in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defense denied reports of the destruction of seven Russian aircraft at the Khmeimim Airbase in Syria. At the same time, they acknowledged that the base was bombarded on December 31, and two Russian servicemen were killed as a result.

    “The report in Kommersant about the alleged ‘actual destruction’ of seven Russian military aircraft at the Khmeimim Airbase is fake. On December 31, 2017, at the onset of darkness, the Khmeimim airfield was subjected to sudden mortar …

  • Russia sends flying hospital to Syria

    In the sky near the Syrian city of Latakia, witnesses saw an Il-76MD “Scalpel-MT” flying military hospital. On January 3, photographer Ahmad Alfarwi posted a photo of the aircraft on his Facebook page.The only airport near Latakia is Khmeimim in Syria, which has been a Russian airbase since 2015.

    The flying military hospital has reanimation, operating, consulting, and diagnostic units, as well as ultrasound equipment, an X-ray machine, an electrocardiogram lab, and a blood lab. If necessary, …

  • Media: Russia loses seven aircraft after mortar attack on Khmeimim airbase in Syria

    On the last day of 2017, militants in Syria launched a mortar attack on the Russian airbase in Khmeimim. Moscow lost four Su-24 bombers, two Su-35S fighters, and an An-72 transport aircraft, as reported by the newspaper Kommersant, citing two military-diplomatic sources. The newspaper added that more than ten servicemen may have been wounded.

    The newspaper called it “one of the most serious incidents” during the entire time of the Russian operation in Syria. Kommersant’s sources did not …

  • Media: Russian Khmeimim military base in Syria attacked with missiles

    Interfax news agency reported that two missiles approaching the Russian-operated Syrian airbase at Khmeimim were shot down by the Pantsir-S1 system. A third missile failed to reach the airbase at all.

    The AMN publication claims that two missiles were shot down in the province of Idlib, bordering Latakia. It says that Russian helicopters are patrolling the area from which rockets were allegedly fired.

    The Russian military operation in Syria began on September 30, 2015. The Russian Air Force …

  • Kremlin: Russian military bases in Syria will continue to operate

    The head of the State Duma Defense Committee, Vladimir Shamanov said that Russian military bases in Syria will continue to function after the end of the military operation and that they will prepare to stay for the long term, Interfax reports.

    "Both bases in Syria, Khmeimim, and Tartus will not only continue to function but will constantly improve their quality and capabilities, having ahead of us the long-term perspective of our presence in this far-from-tranquil region," Shamanov said. …

  • Media: Russia tests its newest fighter jets in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has transferred four modern MiG-29 SMT fighter jets to the airbase in Khmeimim (Latakia, Syria). The fighters were delivered to the department by the MiG Corporation in December 2015.

    According to Kommersant, the fighter jets were sent to the region in order to provide practice for as many pilots as possible, as well as to test the aircraft in combat conditions.

    Kommersant reports that the first confirmations of the presence of MiG-29 SMTs in Syria appeared. A …

  • Syrian President visited Russian airbase

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, accompanied by the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, General Valery Gerasimov, visited the Khmeimim base of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Syrian province of Latakia.

    Assad flew to the base aboard a Russian Su-35 fighter, as Syrian media photos show. This was a first for the Syrian President. Gerasimov, who is on a working visit to Syria, met Assad at the base.

    The two discussed the coordination of the actions of …

  • Russia's Defense Ministry: Russia has withdrawn half of its air group from the Khmeimim base in Syria

    Russia has withdrawn almost half of its air group from the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria.

    This was stated by Sergey Rudskoy, Head of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department, according to RIA Novosti.

    According to him, this was due to the fact that the number of terrorist groups in Syria has decreased.

    Rudskoy added that since the beginning of the military operation in Syria, the Russian Air Force has flown over 23,000 combat sorties and made about 77,000 air strikes against …

  • Iranian media: Russia deployed Vodnik armored vehicles to Syria

    The Russian Defense Ministry has sent a large number of Vodnik armored vehicles to the Syrian port of Tartus. These vehicles are intended for the army of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which is assisted by Moscow, as reported by the Iranian agency Fars.

    It also states that Russia is allegedly planning to send additional equipment to the Khmeimim Air Base where the Russian Aerospace Forces’ aircraft are based.

    On 29 December the ceasefire agreement established through mediation with Iran, …

  • Media: Russia will retain two military facilities in Syria

    Russia plans to retain two military facilities in Syria after it reduces the number of troops stationed in the country, Interfax reported.

    "Russia will retain two military objects in the country, the Russian air group at the Hmeymim airport and the greatly expanded and modernized naval facility in the city of Tartus," Interfax's source stated.

    According to news agency’s source, the Russian air group at the Hmeymim air base will continue to be covered by the powerful S-400 air defense and anti- …