Saturday, July 9, 2016
More from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.
"Russia revamps air force array in Syria and Mid East"
"Moscow has decided to send additional advanced aircraft, including K-52 helicopter gunships, to Syria 'in order to strengthen the Russian military grouping that takes part in anti-terrorist operations' . . . The new consignment, he said, would replace the bombers and Su-25 fighter jets which will be recalled to Russia. The Ka-52, 'Alligator'- NATO codename 'Hokum-B' - is a two-seat attack helicopter which fits the requirements of the different battle sites in Syria. Rated one of the world's most sophisticated of its kind, it is highly maneuverable, capable of abruptly altering flight directions and angles without prior adjustments . . . Russia has shifted its reliance in Syria and the Middle East on helicopters rather than on bombers and fighter planes."
The kinder and gentler Russian approach to the Syrian Civil War? A more nuanced approach to air power as applied in the conflict. NO MORE Su-24 or cruise missile attacks. Reliance now on the helicopter gunship.