KoTeMoRe wrote:franco wrote:JohninMK wrote:Are the 69 aircraft those flying over Syria or those based there?franco wrote:KoTeMoRe wrote:franco wrote:Apparently the ASF now has 69 aircraft in Syria. Newcomers include 8 more Su-34 plus some Su-27SM3's. Does anyone have an exact count?
I understood that the total planes participating was indeed 69 including those who operate through Iran.
So in fact only 12 more Su27 family planes were brought in for the VKS and they're at Krymsk.
Link below, a flight could be either 2 or 4.
The Su-34 and 27SM3 flying out of Russia would have to go through Turkish or Bulgarian airspace. Not happening...
Also the bomber fleet is 14 Tu-22M3, 5 Tu-160 and 6 Tu-95MS out of Russia.
Look at the page before, you have break down of forces.
The 12 new Su27 family have to be used from Krymsk according to the Russians themselves.
So the 69 (or so) is made up of those based locally in Syria plus the Russia based long range bombers and their Su-27 escorts (as far as the Iran border when the IAF takes over).
I thought that 69 operating at that sortie rate out of a fairly small airfield was pushing it. Whoever is controlling the logistics there is doing an amazing job and will be due some serious promotions. I note that there is a Major General on site, he must now be due hero status for what he has achieved.
The road to the port must be pretty congested and must be the location of a large percentage of the Russian Marines in Syria.