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Russia expands Syrian air base to boost regional presence

Russia is working on expanding the Hmeimim air base in Syria to accommodate all types of aircraft.
This picture taken during a guided tour by the Russian forces in Syria shows the cockpit and crew members of an Antonov 72 Russian military aircraft during a flight between Khmeimim air base and Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 16, 2018.

The Russian Ministry of Defense is currently working on expanding the capacities of Syria’s Hmeimim air base in Latakia countryside as part of Russia’s plans to entrench its presence in the eastern Mediterranean in the long run. 

The War Zone website specialized in military analysis had published in a Feb. 5 report satellite images showing the ongoing work to expand one of the two main runways of the Hmeimim military air base by around 1,000 feet. “The extension would allow the base to support more regular deployments of larger and more heavily laden aircraft, including heavy airlifters and even potentially bombers,” the website stated.

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