That is the base for many of the advanced Russian jets that are carrying out air strikes across Syria against various armed groups opposed to the Moscow-backed Syrian President President Bashar al-Assad.
A defense source told the Russian TASS news agency that the gunships will “also conduct combat search-and-rescue operations.
“As with much of the newer equipment the Russians have deployed in Syria, this will be an opportunity for Moscow to test out its newest helicopters in a real war zone for the first time.
The gunships will be equipped with advanced counter measures aimed at defending against guided surface-to-air missiles.
When a Russian attack plane was shot down by the Turkish air force over the Syrian-Turkish border on November 24, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter attempting a search-and-rescue operation of the pilots was also destroyed by ground fire.
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