Russia expands Khmeimim airbase in Syria to accommodate more planes

Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in Syria can accommodate only 30 warplanes and helicopters but after the expansion is complete it will be able to accommodate more aircraft, reports the Russian TASS news agency with reference to a military representative from the Khmeimim airbase.

“The second runway is being upgraded. It will increase its capabilities. New hangars have been built to store the aircraft and protect the planes against possible drone attacks, as well as from rain and direct sunlight”, the official said.

According to the officer, there are currently about 30 aircraft at the airbase, including Su-35S fighter jets, Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-24 attack aircraft, as well as Mi-35 attack helicopters and Mi-8AMTSh assault transport helicopters.

Earlier, Russian military demonstrated a bullet-proof barrier which is being build around Khmeimin airbase.

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