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Recent satellite images (dated July 15, 2017) of the Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia Governorate have surfaced on social media. The pictures reveal the presence of a total of thirty-three (33) combat aircraft belonging to the Russian Aerospace Forces at the military installation.
Despite known plans for an expansion of the Khmeimim Airbase which will include the construction of hardened bunkers, additional runways and new logistic infrastructures, it is interesting to note that all Russian combat aircraft present at the installation continue to be parked out in the open.
Recently, the Russian upper house approved a 49-year lease agreement reached between Moscow and Damascus that will allow the Russian Armed Forces to maintain possession of the Khmeimim Airbase until 2066 with the option to extend this ownership for another twenty-five years thereafter.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: worldstarcountry
That's what they've been after all along. One of the reasons they have been working to prop Assad up was to keep their base.