The defense of Khmeimim consists of three rings. The first ring is the perimeter of the base itself. It is controlled by the Russian military police. The second ring is a radius of 2-3 kilometers from the base. It is controlled by naval units and paratroopers. Groups reinforced tanks T-90 The third ring is 5-7 kilometers from the air base. It is controlled by mobile special forces groups. Their tasks include checking suspicious objects, identifying caches with weapons.
The second and third rings are patrolled by combat helicopters of the Russian Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation from the air group of the Khmeimim base.