Who will remain
On Thursday during the meeting with the military who participated in operations in Syria, President Vladimir Putin said that recently the number of flights, the VC group decreased from 60-80 to 20 a day. Putin also stressed at the meeting that the forces remaining in the region, will be sufficient to meet the objectives.
Continue a tour of duty in Syria, the squadron of bombers su-24 (9 to 12 aircraft), which was performed in the region the bulk of the work. Will remain the newest fourth generation fighters su-30 and su-35 for the cover, told the newspaper “Vedomosti” a source close to the defense Ministry. A source close to the management office confirmed that the base will remain the fighter of generation “4++” su-35 for the protection of the bombers and the airfield.
Russia sent to Syria four su-35 31 January 2015. On the withdrawal of fighters from Syria’s defense Ministry additionally announced.
Will remain in Syria and anti-aircraft complex. “The Russian air defense system will be held constant combat duty in Syria and will apply for any order, threatening the Russian military”, — told the military Putin. According to him, the base will remain anti-aircraft missile system large and medium-range “s-400” and the air defense system “Armour-C1” designed for close-range air and surface cover objects.
In addition to these forces at the airbase had seen attack helicopters Ka-52 and Mi-28N. The exact number of helicopters is unknown.
The ability of the group
According to military expert Viktor Litovkin, the group will be able to cope with its tasks. Litovkin identifies several goals: the strikes on targets of terrorists, support the troops Syrian government army and their allies (the Lebanese Hezbollah, an Iranian rebel group) and the control of the air in the region. “To strike targets of terrorists can all three aircraft. However, the su-24 is not designed to fight in the air and in the event of a threat he needs support in the form of fighter — su-30 or su-34”, — said the expert.
To protect the base and the sky above it from possible threats, on a par with fighters, and missile system s-400, said the Director of the Center for analysis of strategies and technologies Ruslan Pukhov. “Unexpected dangers exactly three — Turkey, Israel and the United States,” — said Pukhov. He notes that in the presence of a complex long-range Russian HQs can create a no-fly zone not only over the base Mamim, but over the province of Latakia, where the main forces of Bashar al-Assad.
The detection range of the complex — 600 km, the maximum distance of hitting a target 400 km “Any aircraft in the area will detect and track the fighter,” explains Pukhov.
Attack helicopters, according to Litovkin, could be used against small groups of enemy armoured and mobile targets, which can’t reach the bombers. “Ka-52 and Mi-28N have anti-tank missiles “Whirlwind” and “Attack” that can hit moving targets, as well as 30-mm cannon against manpower”, — says the expert. Litovkin also notes that the terrorists can be man-portable anti-aircraft missiles, so work the helicopters would be “neat” and at night.
Who will remain on the base
Park maintenance of modern machinery will require about 200-300 civilian experts, says Pukhov. “The military will not be able to service new airplanes and helicopters by yourself,” — says Litovkin
“For the operation of the base should be not less than two thousand troops. Of course, not all of them will perform combat missions,” concludes Pukhov.
Both experts agreed that groups will have enough for other tasks. “The intensity of the fighting on the background to the negotiations have declined, so it is a rational number” — says Litovkin.
However, at the meeting with servicemen returning from Syria, Putin stressed that he will be able to increase its military presence in Syria for a few hours. “I would not want to do that, the military escalation — not our choice,” he said.