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Russian Aerospace Forces Conducted New Aerial Exercise Over Northeastern Syria (Video, Photos)

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Russian Aerospace Forces Conducted New Aerial Exercise Over Northeastern Syria (Video, Photos)

A-50 aircraft. IMAGE: Marina Lystseva/TASS

On December 25, the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted an aerial exercise over northern Syria from al-Qamishli Airport.

According to Syrian and Russian news sources, at least 20 Russian warplanes took part in the aerial exercise. The warplanes included four Su-34 fighter bombers, six Su-35 fighter jets, six Mi-8 helicopters and four Ka-52 attack helicopters.

An A-50 AEW&C [early warning and control] aircraft also took part in the exercise. This was the first known deployment of a Russian AEW&C aircraft at al-Qamishli Airport.

Al-Qamishli Airport is held by Syrian government forces. However, much of the nearby al-Qamishli town is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Russia forces have been expanding their presence in al-Qamishli Airport, which is located along the Syrian border with Turkey, for the last few months.

In October, Russia deployed several warplanes at al-Qamishli Airport in a message to Turkey that was at the time preparing to launch a new offensive against the SDF. Back then, Russian forces held a series of joint exercises with Syrian government forces at the airport and in other parts of the northern and northeastern regions.

More recently, an advanced Russian 48Ya6-K1 Podlet K1 low-altitude radar, which can be used to support air-defense systems, was spotted at al-Qamishli Airport.

The recent Russian military movements in northeastern Syria are likely meant to deter Turkey as well as to mount more pressure on the US-led coalition.

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Lone Ranger

Its a warning.
Thsts a compact aerial strike force against a peer adversary.
the gloves are coming off.

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