According to British newspaper The Times, Russia intends to expand its military presence in Syria. According to sources, work began on the equipment of a second Russian airbase, which is located in the province of HOMS.
According to the publication, the Russians use the base Shirt, which will be deployed air group of 50 aircraft, intelligence units, special forces, parts logistics . The total number of Russian troops here will be about 1,000 people.
It is claimed that the first Russian soldiers appeared here about a month ago. While a few dozen soldiers engaged in the equipment database, here deployed a detachment of 10 aircraft and 15 helicopters.
Note that on 11 November an analyst for Jane’s Defense Weekly, Tim Ripley reported using base Shirt Russian aviation, especially attack helicopters. The report said about two bases: ham and Ties, which are used in extreme cases.
Command of the Russian army has indicated that it intends to transfer to Syria of up to 12 fighter-interceptors, the purpose of which is the air cover of the Russian bombers. However, the Arab media claim that the group of the Russian air force will reach 100 aircraft.
Note that in the province of HOMS highway, Damascus-Latakia, connecting the capital of Syria with the coastal strip and the area densely populated by alawites, the sect to which President Bashar al-Assad and many members of the Syrian leadership.