Russia sets up helicopter base in northern Syria - Defense Ministry TV channel
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Russia sets up helicopter base in northern Syria - Defense Ministry TV channel

Orient Net - Reuters
Date: 2019-11-14 10:04
Russia has begun setting up a helicopter base at a civilian airport in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Zvezda TV channel said on Thursday, showing footage of helicopter gunships arriving there.
The new base is protected by Pantsir surface-to-air missile systems and three helicopters, including two Mi-35 gunships and a Mi-8 military transport helicopter, have already been deployed there, with more to follow.
Zvezda broadcast footage of Russian military police protecting the base. Armored vehicles and ground support crews for the helicopters were also shown, as was a weather station and a small doctor’s surgery.
“This is the first group of Russian military helicopters here in northern Syria... It’s a historic moment. From this day onwards our aviation group will operate permanently at Qamishli’s city airport,” said Pavel Remnev, Zvezda’s correspondent.


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