23 Jun '16, 3pm

Runway reopened at #Russian airbase in #Syria

Runway reopened at #Russian airbase in #Syria

The closure markings on one of the two runways at the main Russian airbase in Syria have been removed, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows. Large 'X' markings of the type used to warn pilots not to land appeared at either end of the western runway at Humaymim Air Base between 29 March and 7 April, implying it had been closed, possibly because it had been damaged by heavy usage since Russia deployed its air wing to the base in September 2015. Satellite imagery taken on 31 May shows the markings had been removed by that date, but there was no indication of repair work being carried out on the runway. Imagery from 13 and 20 June also showed the Russian fixed-wing contingent remains little changed since the withdrawal of the Su-25 ground attack aircraft and some Su-24s in March. However, it confirmed that the Su-34s have been rotated. Three dark grey Su-34s were p...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/61733/runway-reopened-at-rus...

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