Helicopters: a new Russian base in Syria
Established about a month after the withdrawal of US troops
Russia has a new helicopter base in a civilian airport in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli. The news was released today by the Defense Ministry of Moscow.
Consisting of "Pantsir" missile systems and three helicopters, including two Mil Mi-35s and an Mi-8, there are also armoured vehicles, ground support teams, a meteorological center and a small medical clinic.
Pavel Remnev, a correspondent for the dicastery's television station, announced: "It is a historic moment. From today our aeronautical group will operate permanently at the airport of Qamishli".
The Russian line-up arrives about a month after the withdrawal of US troops and Russia had already in the past used rotary-wing machines to patrol an area near the border between Syria and Turkey, in order to protect the military police working on the territory.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency