2016-05-02

SyAAF Helicopters Deployed to Sfireh


Trying to geo-locate some SyAAF helicopters appeared in many photos over FB SyAA personnel profiles said to be near Aleppo and some clearly mentioned Sfireh where the Military Works is located...it's true, they are in Sfireh and inside that facility; and it's clear SyAAF arranged to pave the area highlighted in Blue to receive more helicopters in this spot.
 

So far, Mi-17s -among them the VIP transport in White/Blue livery- appeared there, that in addition to some Mi-25s such as the ones serialed 2800 and 2856.

Let's await GE to update its imagery there to see the new tarmac.

7 comments:

  1. It will be interesting to see how many they deployed there.

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  2. Armed L-39s with B-8 Rocket pods targeting ISIS in Huwaysis

    https://twitter.com/oryxspioenkop/status/727555894578429952?lang=en

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  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUIUTJAh5eo

    There have also been Mi-8 units that have visited the defense factories. The paved area is certainly there, and it will be interesting to see what sort of units are there.

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  4. True, I had some photos for Mi-8s at that spot prior to expand tarmac as mentioned above.

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  5. Okay, so I would have posted this comment/question on the Mig-23ML post but I figured it would get noticed if I posted it here.

    Does the SyAAF have a pain threshold for aircraft losses? Or are requirements for the conflict going to force the SyAAF to literally use up all its aircraft? Grinding all the grist there is in the mill so to speak. Any Mig-23s or Mig-21s that are lost cannot be replaced, and regardless of the fact that they are old aircraft they are still valuable as ground-attack aircraft. Any comments?

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    1. Probably grind up all the aircraft, in my opinion The use of Mig-29s in 2013 suggests the Syrian government will take the risk of losing relatively modern and valuable interceptors just to bomb rebel positions. Additionally the use of navy Ka-28s and Mi-14 helicopters, which are few in number, being used to bomb rebels outside their intended purpose also provides additional evidence (source: https://twitter.com/markito0171/status/562576735993335809)

      The unknown variable is how many withdrawn airframes can they put back in the air that were withdrawn because of age of aircraft, and/or spare parts, or other issues. Although interestingly enough, the Syrian government has not brought back its Mig-25RBs or Mig-25PU trainer variants that could be used in a bombing role.

      Its also possible that if the SyAAF suffers more attrition that Iran or Russia might deploy more aircraft to Syria.

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