The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that two “military personnel” died in a mortar attack on its Khmeimim airbase in Syria’s 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. According to the paper, more than ten military servicemen could be injured.
"A report in the Kommersant newspaper on the alleged destruction of seven Russian warplanes at the Hmeymim airbase is fake. Russia’s air group in Syria is combat ready and continues to accomplish all its missions in full," the ministry said.
More than 40 Russian military personnel have died in Syria since Moscow launched a campaign of air strikes in September 2015, in many cases using Hmeimim as a base.
On January 3, Russia’s Defense Ministry said that one of its military helicopters crashed in Syria, killing both pilots aboard. The ministry said the Mil Mi-24 military helicopter crashed due to a “technical malfunction” on December 31 while it was flying to the Hama Military Air Base in Hama.
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
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
A United States F-22 warplane and a Russian F-35 jet was involved in an incident of apparent intimidation over Syria when the latter “rapidly approached” the former which itself was “hampering” two Russian Su-25 fighters escorting an aid convoy. The Russian Defence Ministrys version says that the incident took place Wednesday in the vicinity of the Syrian town of Mayadin, when two Su-25 close air support jets were escorting a humanitarian aid convoy
Russias Technologiya R&D Enterprise, part of state hi-tech corporation Rostec, has developed a special composite material for aircraft cockpit glass that increases radar wave absorption twofold, TASS reports. "The pilots cockpit glazing is a major unmasking factor for the aircraft due to the low level of radar wave absorption
A Russian Antonov An-26 Russian transport plane crashed while trying to land at Hmeymim airbase in northwest Syria killing 33 passengers and six crew members. According to preliminary data, an Antonov An-26 transport aircraft hit the ground 500 meters from Hmeymim airfield during its landing approach at around 15:00 Moscow time on March 6,
A day after Israeli military lost its F-16 fighter jet following a significant confrontation between the Jewish state and Syrian forces, Israel has reportedly deployed anti-missile systems to the Syrian border on Sunday. The Jerusalem Post on Sunday cited witnesses as saying that they had seen convoys of "missile defense batteries" north-bound near the city of Baka al-Gharbiya
Russia has completed the development of small-caliber ammunition for its fifth generation fighter Su-57 (PAK FA). "Development of small-caliber ammunition for the PAK FA is completed," Vladimir Lepin, Director General of Techmash said in an interview with
Russia will receive six Su-30SM fighter aircraft and will continue re-equipping the coastal-based operational-tactical aviation on Su-30SM aircraft started in 2017. "In 2017, naval aviation of the Navy was replenished with new aircrafts, and a planned modernization of existing equipment was successfully carried out
Israeli Defense Force Inducts Elbit XACT Weapon Sights
Australia Purchases MQ-9B SkyGuardian Drones
Project 20385 Lead Corvette Enters State Trials
Su-57 Performs 16 Flights with New, Powerful Engine
AW101 Helicopter Crashes on top of Italian Battleship Deck
Germany To Finalise Order for 38 Eurofighter Jets, 110 E-Scan Radars
Turkish Navy to get First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier in 2020
Bechtel Bags US Navy's $1.4Bn Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components Contract
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...