jupiter2 wrote:Scorpius wrote:Scipio wrote:On December 31, Russia's Hmeymim Air Base in Syria was attacked with mortar fire. Unofficial reports suggest that seven aircraft were destroyed: 4 Su-24s, 2 Su-35s, and an An-72. In addition, several Russian military staff were killed or wounded.
Russia's Ministry of Defense has acknowledged the attack, but denies that seven aircraft were destroyed. However, pictures are emerging of damaged aircraft.
http://uk.businessinsider.com/russia-de ... ria-2018-1
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17 ... tos-emerge
Separately, Russia lost a Mi-24 in Syria, in a crash blamed on a technical fault. The two pilots perished, but the board technician reportedly survived and was recovered.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mide ... SKBN1ES0LI
About the destruction of 7 aircraft a fake. The Russian defense Ministry says two of the victims in the result of mortar fire.: http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/4856695
From the available online photos, which, allegedly, visible damage to the aircraft after firing, can not see any very serious damage:
Easy to only show the damaged aircraft for local consumption (and propaganda) back in the home land. Western media tend to not be so kind to their own governments and armed forces.
BTW, is that fuel or water leaking in that 2nd shot ? If it's fuel, it tells a lot about attitude towards safety. Probably won't be the last time these bases are attacked and it will only be a matter of time before one of those shells hits something more volatile.
What do you mean "attitude to safety", what are you? This is not a Hollywood movie, the plane from one shard will not burn.
About the base Hamim sufficient detail shot shown here:
There you can see the location of the aircraft, and security measures.