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Satellite Images Reveal Numbers Of Russian Warplanes Deployed In Hmeimim Air Airbase

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On March 22, Obretix, a defense observer on Twitter, shared new satellite images of the Russia’s Hmeimim airbase on the Syrian coast.

The new images, taken on the 11th of this month, reveal that the air base is currently hosting five Su-24, three Su-34 and five Su-35 warplanes as well as an A-50 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), a Tu-214R electronic intelligence (ELINT) plane, two IL-76, an An-124, two An-26 and an An-72 cargo planes.


The Tu-214R was deployed in Syrian last January to support military operations in Greater Idlib. However, the state of the art spy plane returned to Russia on March 22.


Nine other unspecified warplanes were parked inside the bases’ hardened shelters. These shelters were built last year to address the threat of rocket and drone attacks.

Obretix’s photos also revealed that several BM-27 Uragan and BM-30 Smerch heavy multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) are currently deployed in Hmeimim Air Base.


The Russian aerial group deployed in Hmeimim Air Base provided the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) with effective air support during the recent operation in Greater Idlib. This support allowed the army to reopen the M5 highway linking Aleppo city with the capital, Damascus.

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