There were first-quality photos of Ka-52 Russian military helicopters as a part of the Russian aviation group in Syria. Currently identified presence in Syria of three Ka-52 helicopters with red hull numbers “77”, “78” and “79”. Helicopter with tail number “79 Red” was filmed for the first time at the stage of the assembly at the air base on March 16, 2016, and the other two of these boards have been identified in the course of their combat missions in the area of Al-Qaryatayn in central Syria on April 3.
Recall that the first Ka-52 was delivered from Russia to the airfield Hmeymim of the Russian aviation group in Syria in mid-March 2016. Combat use of the Ka-52 in Syria was launched in the early days of April. April 4 and gentstvo “Al-Masdar” informed about the transfer of the Russian air base Hmeymim additional number of helicopters Ka-52.
Combat helicopter Ka-52 (hull number “77 Red”) Russian VKS in the fighting in the area of Al-Qaryatayn in central Syria. 03.04.2016 (c) Mikhail Voskresensky / Sputnik / RIA “Novosti”
Attack helicopters Ka-52 (tail number “78 red” and “red 79”) VKS Russia during the fighting in the area of Al-Qaryatayn in central Syria.
Russia has forward deployed its new attack helicopters in Syria to bring them closer to one of the main fronts in the current offensive against Islamic State militants.
Airbus Defence & Space satellite imagery shows that there were four Ka-52 Alligator and three Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters deployed to Al-Shayrat Air Base, 30 km southeast of Homs city, on 31 March. Al-Shayrat has previously been used as a forward base for Russian Mi-24 and Mi-35 helicopters, four of which could be seen at the base on 31 March.
The Ka-52s and Mi-28Ns were first spotted at Humaymim, the main Russian air base in Syria, in news footage released on 17 March, but Russia has not revealed how many have been deployed.