Contents tagged with Khmeimim

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  • Russia's Defense Ministry: Russia has withdrawn half of its air group from the Khmeimim base in Syria

    Russia has withdrawn almost half of its air group from the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria.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

  • Depending on situation in Syria, Iran may consider letting Russia use Hamadan airbase

    Iranian Minister of Defense Hossein Dehghan stated that Teheran may again allow the Russian air force to use the Noje airbase in Hamadan, as reported by the Tasnim News agency.

    “If the situation and conditions [in Syria] require our support, we will fulfill it,” stated Dehghan.

    The chairman of the Russian Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, Victor Ozerov, said that Russia may need to use the airbase in Iran if the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier is not close enough to Syrian …