Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
12th December, 2015
A video from the TV channel Russia Today, filmed at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria, shows the Russian combat helicopter Mi-35M, which had not previously been delivered to Syria and not used by the Russian air group until recently. The helicopters of this type have been exported to Iraq in the past.
Russia is conducting air operations against terrorists in Syria since the 30th September. The airforce was deployed to the Khmeimim base, near the city of Latakia. The total number of participating combat aircraft, including the long-range aviation units, constitutes nearly 70 units. The marine group consists of ten ships, six of them are in the Mediterranean sea. October 7 and November 20 involved cruise missile launches from the ships of the Caspian flotilla on the Caspian sea.
After 24 November, when the Turkish air force shot down a su-24M Russian bomber, the anti-aircraft missile system s-400 was deployed on the airbase. In addition, the missile cruiser “Moscow”, outside Latakia, carries combat duty in air defense. Airstrikes are now carried out with cover from fighter planes.
In December, for the first time, Russia attacked the positions of militants using the submarine “Rostov-on-don” from the waters of the Mediterranean sea.
[O.R: To confirm, Russia has been using 2 airbases (Khmeimim & Kweries) pre-December, with a third being recently setup (Shayrat). The Mi-24 helicopters that were based in Khmeimim have now been moved to Shayrat. The Russian MoD denies the existence of the Shayrat base but satellites images show this to be an act of 4GW. The T4 airbase is being used by the Iranian airforce, with Russian engineers on site.]