The main striking force in Syria has become helicopters

Vladimir Mukhin

Whatever may be said about the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, but they continue active hostilities. According to the head of the main operations Directorate of the General staff of the Russian Federation Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, “on an average day the Russian aircraft performed 20-25 sorties”. Basically, our aircraft bombed the positions of militants in the mountain-desert area in the region of Palmyra, which offers a direct route to the city of Raqqa, the unofficial capital of the “Islamic state” (IG – banned in the Russian Federation a terrorist organization).And it is likely that military steps of Damascus to liberate core territory of Syria from the militants can be completed very soon, if not this will prevent some factors.

In the near future in connection with the beginning in the region of the rainy season and dust storms the main our air strikes will not be on the aircraft and combat helicopters. They are easier to hit from missile and anti-aircraft weapons. But if they will comply with air defense (PVO), are very effective means to support the advancing infantry.


The media reported the recent deployment to Syria of attack helicopters Ka-52 alligator and Mi-28N “Night hunter”. This is a good addition to the squadron (12 attack helicopters Mi-24, Mi-35 and Mi-8), which is already in force in Syria since the beginning of the operation. Our newest helicopters can operate effectively in both day and night. And here, of course, important not only their tactical and technical characteristics, but also flying skills of the crews that operate them. Unlike Americans of our helicopter pilots are taught to act under conditions of limited nighttime visibility.And equal to them in airmanship, there is no one in the world. It’s no coincidence that in the UN peacekeeping mission, it was the Russian helicopter air group invited most often.

Now in Syria to ensure the fighting, our helicopters are intended for destruction of tanks, armoured personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and other armored vehicles and manpower of the enemy day and night. By the way, the latest rotorcraft have their own excellent protection from enemy fire, for which they are sometimes called “flying tanks” (see reference on page 3). They will operate at low altitudes than will enhance the effectiveness of ground groups.

“Helicopters of the Russian Federation HQs can be a real nightmare fighters because of their clever shots to avoid it is impossible. Take the same Chechnya, the use of helicopters at night has made a significant contribution to the defeat of the bandit underground”, – said the military expert Lieutenant General Yury Netkachev. However, in his opinion, “there is a “but” associated with the possibility of the militants of the IG for effective air defense”. Netkachev sure though it is still hoped that “our VC funds are protected from possible anti-aircraft attacks.Moreover, their use is planned in conditions of reduced visibility”.

Meanwhile, the panacea of Russian aviation, of course, to do. It is quite clear that the main success of the attack on the positions of the IG depends on the actions of the Syrian land-based force. But its composition seems to have changed significantly. According to the official Damascus, in the attack on Palmyra involved Syrian special forces “Tigers” together with soldiers of the marine corps from Syria and by detachments of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Iraqi paramilitary militia Liwa al Imam and a brigade “the desert Falcons”.As it became known, to help them transferred from the militia of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC), together with the Afghan Shiite militia Liwa al-Fatemiyon. “Reinforcement of the IRGC and Afghan militias must help government forces in the final assault on the ancient town located in the desert,” the Arab Agency, Almasdar. This full Shia international. And apparently, he can play a decisive role in the defeat still strong and treacherous orders of the IG.

Almasdar reports that the VC planes bombed positions of the IG not only on the outskirts of Palmyra, and other areas to the East of this ancient city, where “there are several important oil fields, which provided the IG big money”. Already it is becoming apparent that Assad forces in collaboration with the militias, the Lebanese fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah seek to liberate the areas where the terrorists are extracted hydrocarbons. And it is to these areas with the support of Russian aviation they demonstrate success.

Official Damascus said that “as a result of the offensive in the province of Deir ez-Zor army units have established total control over a key route connecting the oil fields and Tim Mayadin”. The British campaign IHS believes that “the jihadists have become much more difficult to extract revenues from oil sales on the black market”. According to the company, they declined by 40% due to the fact that lost significant control over the Syrian-Turkish border, through which the smuggled oil goes to Turkey.


It should be noted that the success of Assad troops provide not only aircraft and helicopters of our HQs but also Russian ground weapons. As well as military advisers. As reported by Interfax military-diplomatic source in Syria has left “thousands of Russian military”. More than half of them are military advisers. Approximately the same data has sounded and the head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov.And the head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov, answering the question of whether there will be in the region of the Russian anti-aircraft missile system s-400, repeated the words of Vladimir Putin, stressing that Russian military facilities in Tartus and Hamim at the airport will operate as usual and “must be protected from land, sea and air”. In addition, our servicemen have to perform a “very important role of monitoring the ceasefire and creating conditions for peace process”.

Frontline reports have reported the successful application in the area of the southern edge of Palmyra missile strikes by jet systems of volley fire (MLRS) “Smerch”. Earlier, Arab media and social networks brought in pictures and video effective use against entrenched in the fortified terrorists with heavy flame thrower system TOS-1A “the Sun”, firing thermobaric munitions. They completely burn out almost all the tunnels, passages messages, trenches and dugouts built in the way of the offensive the Syrian troops.

Noting the combat activity of the Russian Federation in the area of Palmyra, representative of the US-led coalition Colonel Steve Warren at a briefing at the Pentagon recently alleged that the Russian artillery is helping the Syrian army in attacks on the militants. But it certainly is not. According to military expert Lieutenant General Yury Netkachev, “most likely MLRS, new heavy flame throwers, T-90 tanks and other equipment supplied to the Syrian army after the start of our operations in the SAR, and the Russian military specialists only provide training Syrian soldiers to operate it properly”.

About it said Vladimir Putin, speaking last week in the Kremlin. “Of course, will continue to support the legitimate government of Syria. She has a complex character. This financial assistance, supplies of equipment and weapons, assistance in training, organization, and organize cooperation between various Syrian armed forces, this intelligence support, staff assistance in planning operations. Finally, it is immediate, direct support. Mean the use of space groups, percussion and fighter aircraft,” – said Putin.He noted that “those Russian forces that remain in Syria, enough to solve problems.” Although, in his words, “if necessary, Russia in just a few hours is able to increase its grouping in the region to a dimension which is adequate to the current situation, and to use the entire Arsenal of the possibilities we have”.

As you know, Russian troops in Syria already been performing humanitarian missions for the transportation of food and other goods in the provinces in the country for populations in need. For the reception of such goods from various international organizations have already prepared sites at the point of logistics Russian Navy in Tartus port and airbase Hamim. How many people would be involved, not yet reported. But given the complexity of tasks, he is likely to be significant.


Note that the military assistance Russia has not only Syrian troops but also the Iraqi Kurds. Senior Consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan) Evgeny Arzhantsev said last week that the Peshmerga (the Kurdish militia) with the consent of Baghdad supplied five anti-aircraft installations ZU-23-2 and 19 thousand ammunition. Of course, this weapon is not new (the installation was put into service in the USSR armed forces in 1960). But even it is capable of hitting helicopters and other low flying aerial targets, including combat aircraft and drones.Such deliveries suggests that Moscow is preparing to defend its geopolitical objectives in Iraq. This help – this is a clear reference to Ankara that its air bombing of positions of Kurds in Iraq will not be tolerated. Although there is a possibility that in response to this, Turkey will also begin to deliver uncompromising Mujahideen anti-aircraft missiles to counter the Russian and Syrian aircraft.

It is possible that such deliveries are carried out unofficially since last week, the militants knocked out in the area of the settlement Cafer-Nbud (province of Hama) fighter of the Syrian air force MiG-21. The defense Ministry claims that the plane was struck by a portable anti-aircraft missile system. A few days ago, the Syrian media reported that the town Bdma (Latakia province) for fighters “by the Turks delivered a cargo of ammunition, which are based on anti-tank missiles (PTC) is “Tou”. It is known that these DCS produce US, and they actively at the time, bought Ankara.

Meanwhile, notes that a powerful offensive of Assad militias and the IRGC in the area of Palmira, as well as their attacks on militants in the province of Deir ez-Zor in the East coincided with the actions of the Iraqi army to liberate Anbar province (Iraq), which occurs West to the border with Syria. This is mostly Shiite troops, supported by Iran, and, of course, no help USA they do not have. The Americans, who support the Sunni groups fighting with ISIS, there are other plans on fighting in Iraq and Syria.


The role of Americans in the settlement of the Syrian conflict confusing and unclear. It would seem that they want in Syria were at peace and interact with the Russian Centre for reconciliation. However, for some unknown reasons, they abandoned the development of a joint agreement on a verification mechanism for the ceasefire. The absence of such a mechanism, according to the chief of the Main operations Directorate of the General staff of VS Russian Federation Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, gives an opportunity to terrorists to masquerade as a moderate opposition that joined the ceasefire.It’s killing peaceful people, and the reconciliation process comes to a standstill.

According to Rudskoy, “military force will be applied only upon receipt of credible evidence of systematic violations by the armed forces of the commitments undertaken in the framework of the joint Russian-American statement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria from February 22, 2016”. He pointed out that groups observing a ceasefire, and the civilian population and civilian objects, military force will not be applied.

One has to wonder why Washington is so cool refers to the Russian proposals to monitor compliance with the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Military-diplomatic source told “NVO” that “Washington is not interested in attacking such groups, according to the idea the United States must destroy the authority of Bashar al-Assad. The signing of the agreement on control over observance of the ceasefire, which insists Moscow, will bring upon US such obligation.”Therefore, we can conclude that the visit of U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry in Moscow, held from 23 to 25 March, is unlikely to resolve the military conflicts that have developed between Russia and the USA in Syria. Americans, apparently, clearly unhappy with that, with the help of Moscow and Iran, the Assad regime began to win important victories over the ISIS brigades and militants from other terrorist groups.

Thus, the situation in Syria is still far from complete peace. But, apparently, Damascus is encouraged by the statement of Vladimir Putin that “with our support, strengthening of the Syrian army is confident that in the near future we will see new major successes of the Patriotic forces in the fight against terrorism”.At the meeting with head of the Strategic Council for foreign relations of Iran, Ali Khamenei Kamal Kharazi of President Bashar al-Assad said that political and military support of friendly countries, particularly Iran and Russia, actively contributed to strengthening the steadfastness of the Syrians in the war that they fight against terrorism to restore security and stability in the country.

Help “IEE”

Ka-52 alligator (NATO codification, Hokum B) – Russian attack helicopter. The machine is capable of hitting armored and unarmored equipment, manpower and air targets on the battlefield. Is a further development of model Ka-50 “Black shark”.Saving all the weapons nomenclature of single helicopters (movable gun mount with a gun 2A42 30 mm caliber and ammunition load of 460 rounds, units with unguided rockets caliber 80 mm, bombs, gun containers, and other weapons weighing up to 2,000 kg), Ka-52 can be taken on Board guided missile ATGM “Storm-WOO” with a laser guidance system (LSN), a guided missile of class “air-air” melee “Needle-In”, as well as unguided missiles “air-land”. It is planned to use and guided missiles class “air-earth”.

Mi-28N “Night hunter” (NATO codification, Havoc – “Spoiler”) is a Soviet and Russian attack helicopter designed for search and destruction in the conditions of active fire resistance tanks and other armored vehicles and low-speed air targets and manpower of the enemy. The Mi-28N consists of a 30 mm automatic cannon 2A42, also it can carry both managed and unmanaged missiles. The helicopter can be installed missiles “air-air”. The helicopter has a four point suspension.Also, the machine can be equipped for installation of mine barriers.

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