HMEIMIM, Syria – After his visit to Syria, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov assessed the capabilities of the new Russian military equipment used during the military operation in Syria.
Russian warplanes and helicopters operating in Syria carry out up to 100 missions daily against terrorists, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.
“The Russian Aviation Construction Corporation, Vertolety Rossii [Russian Helicopters], the Tactical Missile Corporation and other defense industry entities have contributed to the installation of a technical and engineering platform at the Hmeymim aerodrome to maintain functionality. The coordinated work of our specialists guaranteed the high level of intensity of the military operations done by the air group, which reached 100 sorties a day,” explained Borisov.
The deputy prime minister also stated that the Russian Su-35 and 30SM advanced fighters have exceeded three or four times the standards of reliability, despite their intense use in Syria.
Borisov also stressed that the Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters, which took off for the first time from the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, as well as the strategic bombers Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Тu-95МС and MiG-29KUB airplanes have confirmed their effectiveness during the military operation in Syria.
“The tactical system of the Iskander-M ground troops and the Tornado-G and Smerch rocket launchers have also proved their effectiveness,” added the minister.
According to him, during the military campaign in Syria, Russian weapons have proven their traditional characteristics and advantages – simplicity of use and reliability, a trait that was mastered by the Soviets.
Syria has been in an armed conflict since 2011 against US-backed terrorist groups such as the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front, and in late 2017 a victory over ISIS in Syria and Iraq, with the support of the Russian Aerospace Force, was declared. At present, political settlement and restoration of Syria are at the forefront of policy, but that does not rule out the military option.