The Russian ministry of defense has denied reports of its military aircraft being shot at by Syrian opposition forces or IS militants. It has however confirmed that one of its Mi-24 aircraft crashed in Syria killing both the pilots aboard.
The helicopter crashed due to a technical malfunction on December 31 while it was flying to the military base in Hama, Syria, Russian Defense ministry statement was quoted by RadioFreeEurope on Wednesday.
"Both pilots died in a hard landing 15 kilometers from the air base," the ministry said, adding that a technician was injured and taken to another air base for emergency treatment.
The Mil Mi-24 is a large, two-engine battlefield and multipurpose helicopter that is designed for direct ground support of tanks and armored vehicles.
It can transport eight people or 1,500 kilograms of cargo in its cargo hold.
Russia has revealed that it has developed new air defence artillery to replace the venerable Shilka system. The new system, whose name was not mentioned, is designed to engage air targets including UAVs, single projectiles of MLRSs, cruise missiles, tactical aircraft, helicopters of fire support as well as ground and surface light-armored targets, the Russian MoD said in a release
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Russia is extending its military presence in Syria by upgrading the bases in Tartus and Khmeimim into permanent military centers, Moscows defense ministry said Tuesday. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu was quoted as saying by local media on Tuesday that the ministry has started forming a permanent grouping of forces at the Tartus naval facility and the Hmeymim airbase in Syria
Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria shot down a Russian Su-25 aircraft using a man-portable anti-aircraft missile system on February 3, killing its pilot. "A Russian aircraft crashed during a flight over the Idlib de-escalation area," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday
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The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that two “military personnel” died in a mortar attack on its Khmeimim airbase in Syrias Latakia Province on December 31, but denies reports on the alleged destruction of seven Russian warplanes. The statement comes amid reports from Russian newspaper Kommersant that the attack destroyed four Su-24 bombers, two Su-35S fighters, and an An-72 transport plane and an ammunition depot
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