Syrian Air Force Received New Military Helicopter From Russia (Photos)


The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has reportedly received at least one new Mi-17 military helicopter from the Russian Federation.

Luftwaffe AS, a Syrian aviation blog, released images showing the brand new helicopter, which appears to be an armed assault version of the Mi-17.

The photos were apparently taken in the Kuweires Military Aviation Institute, located in the eastern Aleppo countryside. The institute is now serving as rely point for Russian forces operating in north and east Syria.

The Mi-17 was designed in the Soviet Union and later developed by Russia. The newer versions of the helicopters have an operational range of 800 km and a service ceiling of 6 km.

A single Mi-17 can carry 24 troops, 12 stretchers or 4,000 kg of cargo, internally. The helicopter’s 6 external hardpoints can carry up to 1,500 kg bombs, rockets, gun pods or other military equipment.

Prior to the war, the SyAAF used to operate more than 50 Mi-8\17 helicopters. Many of them were lost during the eight-years of conflict due to hostile fire or other factors.

Now, most of the remaining Mi-8\17 in the SyAAF are in bad technical conditions, which explains why Damascus would want to renew its helicopters fleet.

Syrian Air Force Received New Military Helicopter From Russia (Photos)

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