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The US tried to explain the lengthening of the runway at the Khmeimim airbase

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The US tried to explain the lengthening of the runway at the Khmeimim airbase

Russia continues to modernize its Khmeimim military base in Syria. As shown by satellite images, the Russian military is lengthening one of the runways, writes The Drive.


Satellite images of the Russian military base Khmeimim, taken in December 2020, showed work to lengthen one of the airbase's two runways by about 1000 feet (304 meters). Work is carried out from two ends of the strip.

The publication notes that after Russia deployed its military contingent at the Khmeimim airbase and leased it for 49 years, the airbase has undergone significant changes. Beginning in 2015, the Russian military expanded the helicopter base, built ancillary infrastructure, and deployed defenses to stop attacks on the base.


According to satellite images, the base has two runways running from north to south. Work is being carried out on the "western" lane, to which extension cords are added from both ends. The former runway length was 9500 feet (2895 meters), the new one will be approximately 10500 feet (3200 meters). It is possible that at the end of the work the length of the strip will be even greater. In addition, a taxiway is being constructed to connect the northern ends of the base's two runways.

The length of the existing strip, even without lengthening, makes it possible to receive all types of Russian military aircraft, including the An-124 Ruslan, which has been demonstrated more than once during the delivery of military equipment and personnel to Syria. However, according to the newspaper, the lengthened strip will make it possible to receive heavily laden military transport aircraft.

In addition, according to the publication, after lengthening the GDP, the Russian Aerospace Forces will be able to deploy Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS or Tu-160 bombers at the Khmeimim airbase, and not use the territory of other states such as Iran for this.
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  1. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 6 February 2021 11: 30
    0
    The Aerospace Forces will be able to deploy Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS or Tu-160 bombers at the Khmeimim airbase,


    Why are they in Syria? For tactical purposes "for the eyes" of what is ..... for strategic - next to the Air Forces of Israel and Turkey and Greece and Italy and Britain and the United States, which will not leave a stone unturned, should something happen, from the base. For Tu22M3 - Mediterranean Sea - Puddle for action against AUG with a bunch of NATO airbases
    1. Reserve buildbat
      Reserve buildbat 6 February 2021 11: 45
      +51
      If only in order not to drive Tu-22M3 with a full bomb load from Russia. Saving resources, reducing the response time and, if necessary, increasing the activity of bombers by reducing the duration of a combat mission.
      1. Ross xnumx
        Ross xnumx 6 February 2021 11: 54
        +33
        The US tried to explain the lengthening of the runway at the Khmeimim airbase

        Just like a classic ... What's your dog business? They tried to explain ... Russia does not need to explain anything. Your policy towards our country and its inhabitants has been known for a long time: Russia is the biggest problem preventing your complete domination. Because if you can convince the rest, buy, intimidate, then the number does not work here.
        There will be a base that will meet all the needs of the Aerospace Forces and Russia as a whole.
        yes
        1. bad
          bad 6 February 2021 12: 20
          +30
          There may be safety lanes at the ends of the runway. In December there was a discussion of this topic here: https://topwar.ru/177988-kak-dolgo-rossija-budet-glupo-terjat-svoi-samolety.html
          1. dauria
            dauria 6 February 2021 13: 58
            +11
            There may be safety lanes at the ends of the runway


            Yes, even a simultaneous take-off from the center in different directions of the group. This practice was in Bagram. Plus, the damage to the strip is not so critical.
            1. Alex777
              Alex777 6 February 2021 14: 47
              +8
              It turns out that our command is preparing for action.
              Tu-22M3 can drop so many bombs that no ISIS can carry it away.
              Tu-160 and T-95 are missile carriers. It is unlikely that they will be placed there.
              I do not consider the likelihood of a collision with Israel.
              But potential matters in any scenario. hi
              1. Ross xnumx
                Ross xnumx 6 February 2021 15: 21
                +1
                Quote: Alex777
                But potential matters in any scenario.

                The placement of strategic potential in accessible regions of the planet will stimulate some "particularly zealous" warriors.
                Russia is spread over a vast territory and its interests are not limited by the borders of the state. This is especially felt when someone from across the ocean starts waving a baseball bat at us.
                1. Starover_Z
                  Starover_Z 8 February 2021 07: 31
                  +2
                  Quote: ROSS 42
                  Russia is spread over a vast territory and its interests are not limited by the borders of the state. This is especially felt when someone from across the ocean starts waving a baseball bat at us.

                  They, from across the ocean, forgot or did not know that the Russians have their own BITA, which will be just heavier than wood! A simple "town" bat, in "chain mail"!
              2. Bez 310
                Bez 310 6 February 2021 22: 24
                +11
                Quote: Alex777
                Tu-22M3 can fill so many bombs

                Can.
                69 FAB-250.
                1. Alex777
                  Alex777 7 February 2021 00: 23
                  +1
                  This is what I like about him. wink
                  1. Bez 310
                    Bez 310 7 February 2021 08: 14
                    0
                    Quote: Alex777
                    This is what I like about him.

                    As far as I know, with such a load
                    this plane only worked once,
                    by teaching.
                    1. Alex777
                      Alex777 7 February 2021 18: 51
                      0
                      In any case, the potential of the Tu-22M3 is impressive. hi
      2. Sergey Sfiedu
        Sergey Sfiedu 6 February 2021 12: 05
        -10%
        There is no (and there was) no need to use the Backfires with the proper staffing of the air group on Khmeimim. Their use in Syria is the training of crews in conditions close to combat and / or a consequence of the shortage of fighter-bombers at the airbase.
      3. kenig1
        kenig1 6 February 2021 12: 36
        +3
        With limited bomb load.
      4. Lara Croft
        Lara Croft 6 February 2021 14: 05
        +7
        Quote: stock buildbat
        If only in order not to drive Tu-22M3 with a full bomb load from Russia.

        With a full combat load in the SAR without refueling, they will never reach ... Therefore, they flew with incomplete ammunition ... an exception was when Iran provided their temporary basing at its IHB in Hamadan ...
      5. alexmach
        alexmach 6 February 2021 17: 52
        -1
        At least in order not to drive Tu-22M3 with a full bomb load from Russia

        And why are they there with a full load then? Are there areal targets? But the improvement of GDP is definitely a plus.
      6. Piramidon
        Piramidon 6 February 2021 19: 02
        +1
        Quote: Stroibat stock
        If only in order not to drive Tu-22M3 with a full bomb load from Russia.

        Question. Why are they needed in Syria at all? Sound the tasks of long-range and strategists in this local war. To smash a couple of villages and four "jihadmobiles"? Wouldn't it be a bit fat?
        1. Reserve buildbat
          Reserve buildbat 6 February 2021 19: 05
          0
          For example, for the destruction of buried command post and other similar targets. And the sea is worth controlling. After all, the base has not been set up there for a week.
          1. Piramidon
            Piramidon 6 February 2021 19: 55
            +2
            Quote: Stroibat stock
            For example, for the destruction of buried command posts and other similar targets

            And the Su-24/34 will not cope with this?
        2. stalki
          stalki 8 February 2021 08: 47
          -1
          Question. Why are they needed in Syria at all? Sound the tasks of long-range and strategists in this local war. To smash a couple of villages and four "jihadmobiles"? Wouldn't it be a bit fat?
          In Syria, all this is needed as a strategic point of influence on the entire region as a whole and on the world map. What are you all about Syria and about Syria. We need to take care of ourselves. Why are there so many military bases around the world? Here. We need it too.
      7. uav80
        uav80 8 February 2021 07: 40
        0
        There is no sense in the Tu-22 to "drive" across Syria from Russia at all, these are demonstration flights (demonstration of their capabilities), there is practically no combat component here, tk. a pair of Su-24 or Su-34 can do the same thing only faster and more accurately and will not be so fuel-intensive ...
    2. Tusv
      Tusv 6 February 2021 11: 56
      +21
      Quote: Zaurbek
      Why are they in Syria?

      Naval base in Tartus for 11 ships, including nuclear ones + Civil port in possession. The VKS base in Khmeinim - the number of aircraft is not limited. And all this for 45 + 45 = 90 years in Mediterranean and for free. What for? And what for then the Yankees bases around the world? So at least Deveselu is destroyed at once and Ramstein under the crossfire. We are calmer. In general, we control peaceful shipping and provide protection against "Somali" pirates
    3. URAL72
      URAL72 6 February 2021 12: 01
      +16
      Tu-22M3 can take bombs weighing 5 tons. Very good for buried purposes, and there is a lot of noise - it will be difficult for them without diapers ... Yes, and partners need to be kept in good shape, it is easier to negotiate with the Saudis. Again, it’s easier to fly to Libya, but you can also support Algeria, no matter how important it is for military-technical cooperation. And there you look, and the CAR is already a zone of our interests, for the Somali pirates a good argument ... Yes, and we have villas with you all over the Mediterranean, - we need to keep an eye out so that mail is not stolen or oranges in the garden ...
      1. uav80
        uav80 8 February 2021 07: 53
        -2
        It is precisely that there is a lot of noise, FAB-5000M-54 cannot go deep, the only thing it can do is a mini-earthquake, even if the FAB-22M-9000 is dropped from the Tu-54, there will be no special effect, this is not a mountain gorge ...
    4. prior
      prior 6 February 2021 12: 38
      +19
      "Israeli and Turkish Air Forces, Greece and Italy and Britain and the United States, which will not leave a stone unturned, should something happen, from the base."

      And what will remain of Israel and Turkey and Greece and Italy and Britain and the United States, after they leave no stone unturned from the Khmeimim base?
      1. stels_07
        stels_07 7 February 2021 09: 56
        -4
        We will not buy them tomatoes
      2. ironic
        ironic 7 February 2021 17: 08
        0
        And you do not answer unrealistic assumptions, you will not have to come up with unrealistic counter questions.
    5. sleeve
      sleeve 6 February 2021 13: 01
      +8
      Tu 142 is the same as 95th. Then you can patrol over the Indian Ocean. And in the Persian Gulf. And tu22 s here in the subject. It is for Persian.
    6. Lara Croft
      Lara Croft 6 February 2021 13: 51
      +5
      Quote: Zaurbek
      for strategic - a number of Israeli and Turkish air forces and Greece and Italy and Britain and the United States

      VVB and airfields of the Air Force of Greece and even more so Italy are far from Khmeimim ...
      which will not leave a stone unturned, should something happen, from the base.

      of course they will ... but you didn't think that the airplanes of the air forces of these countries will have nowhere to return and what percentage of them will break through the Khmeimim air defense zone?
      For Tu22M3 - Mediterranean Sea - Puddle for action against AUG with a bunch of NATO airbases

      Well, the article seems to be written about the fact that:
      However, according to the newspaper, the lengthened strip will make it possible to receive heavily loaded military transport aircraft.

      Our VVB in Khmeimim could also accommodate MA aircraft / helicopters, incl. Tu-142 ....
      In addition, after the emergence of a PMTO from the Russian Federation in Sudan, the route of the "Syrian Express" incl. its aviation component will be somewhat lengthened, and the VVB itself in Khmeimim will become a transit ...
      Accordingly, both in Khmeimim and in Tartus, the Russian Federation will have to build additional barracks, storage facilities and tanks for fuels and lubricants ...
      1. ironic
        ironic 7 February 2021 17: 13
        0
        They had, is and will be where to return and Hameimim will stand where he is, as well as there is no insurmountable air defense for HATO aviation, but this will not prevent Hameimim from continuing to stand where he is.
    7. venik
      venik 6 February 2021 22: 00
      +2
      Quote: Zaurbek
      Why are they in Syria? For tactical purposes "behind the eyes" of what is ....

      ========
      Alas! Here, you Zaur, as the "classic" used to say - "not pgava in kogne"! Once in my life I was very lucky - I happened to see (at the exercises) how the "carcass" (22M) "unloaded" ... What can I say - it is simply IMPOSSIBLE to forget such a sight! "Dryers" are certainly very cool cars ( good ), but with "carcasses" - it simply cannot be compared!
    8. venik
      venik 6 February 2021 22: 30
      +1
      Quote: Zaurbek
      next to the Air Force of the Air Force of Israel and Turkey and Greece, which will not leave a stone unturned, should something happen, from the base.

      ======
      Zaur! Are you out of your mind when making such statements? You actually thought WHAT it was for them (...Israel and Turkey whith Greece and Italy and Britain and the USA...) can end? So, unlike you - THEY - perfectly understand THIS PERFECTLY!
      Therefore, let's not "fall into ecstasy" about this!
      hi
      1. ironic
        ironic 7 February 2021 17: 19
        0
        To begin with, there is no reason to attack the Russian base. And if God forbid there will be such, it will hardly matter for anyone and how it will end. Therefore, let's not force something that no one in real life wants. After all, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation understands perfectly well that a base remote from its borders cannot be sufficiently protected for a serious conflict. all parties will not want it.
        1. venik
          venik 7 February 2021 18: 09
          0
          Quote: ironic
          Therefore, let's not force something that no one in real life wants.

          ======
          So what about WHAT?
          1. ironic
            ironic 7 February 2021 18: 11
            +1
            Ok, clarified .. drinks
    9. ironic
      ironic 7 February 2021 17: 25
      +1
      Remote bases are unlikely to count on surviving a major war, only to strike first. Otherwise, why should all these countries attack it? Especially Israel, which is not even a NATO member.
    10. JD1979
      JD1979 7 February 2021 18: 46
      0
      Quote: Zaurbek
      Why are they in Syria? For tactical purposes "for the eyes" of what is ..... for strategic - next to the Air Forces of Israel and Turkey and Greece and Italy and Britain and the United States, which will not leave a stone unturned, should something happen, from the base. For Tu22M3 - Mediterranean Sea - Puddle for action against AUG with a bunch of NATO airbases

      1. There is no reason in Syria. Their targets, if deployed there, will lie ... throughout Europe, half of Africa and the entire Middle East.
      2. For flights over the Mediterranean Sea and bringing the "allies" into an adequate state, one does not need to obtain a bunch of permits for flying over the territory of other countries.
      3. You forgot that the ideology of using strategists in the USSR was based on the use of CD in the first place and not bombs. And having in its arsenal the best anti-ship missiles of today, Russia will be able to spoil the blood of NATO and other sailors very much.
      4. About a stone on a stone will not leave even funny. Especially Greece and Italy.
  2. antivirus
    antivirus 6 February 2021 11: 30
    +4
    they are building a southern backup for the Buran and Mriya landing and takeoff. the energy collapse of the outskirts will allow it to be redeemed.
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  4. Ilya098
    Ilya098 6 February 2021 12: 09
    +7
    According to the data from the website of the Ministry of Defense, the length of the run at Lebed is from 900 to 2200, and the length of the run is from 1200 to 1600, so the length should have been enough for the old strip. Probably reinsurance, for example, on Engels, the length of the strip is generally about 3,5 km. + The quality of the strip should be different, then the plates were probably changed. https://structure.mil.ru/structure/forces/air/weapons/aviation/[email protected]
  5. Alexander Zima
    Alexander Zima 6 February 2021 12: 19
    -1
    BURANA and MIG 41 will be based there)))
  6. Xenofont
    Xenofont 6 February 2021 12: 39
    -3
    The author of the article, talking about the "lengthening of the GDP", swung at the sacred! The GDP can be lengthened only by the method of Professor Elizarov, and this is pure sadism! And the GDP will not agree.
    1. keeper03
      keeper03 6 February 2021 14: 32
      +2
      Alas, the Elizarov method is not applicable here, unless it is rubber! yes
      1. Xenofont
        Xenofont 6 February 2021 15: 17
        +2
        Well, the runway will certainly not work, and the GDP, after all, is a person laughing ... The people are not in the mood for humor.
        1. Ilya098
          Ilya098 6 February 2021 16: 31
          +3
          The editors did not seem to appreciate it, the GDP is still being lengthened in the article.
          after lengthening the GDP, the Russian Aerospace Forces will be able to deploy bombers at the Khmeimim airbase

          Another version, the Editor was probably in a hurry, he wrote an article for the Economic Review with one hand, and the news on VO with the other. If here the gross domestic product is measured in meters and planes are put on it, then I think on the EO runway they are measured in dollars and which country has the longest strip, that is steeper.
  7. Sasha from Uralmash
    Sasha from Uralmash 6 February 2021 12: 40
    +3
    Let them think what they want, so that they don't understand what we want!
  8. askort154
    askort154 6 February 2021 12: 44
    +5
    The US tried to explain the lengthening of the runway at the Khmeimim airbase

    What's incomprehensible ?! For the forced landing of the B-52, when attempting to enter the zone of responsibility of Russian military bases in Syria. am
    1. ironic
      ironic 7 February 2021 17: 27
      0
      Those. to start with TMV? Why wasn’t you offered to use Topol?
  9. Alex_You
    Alex_You 6 February 2021 12: 52
    +1
    Isn't this loose soil for "emergency braking", I don't remember how to do it correctly. It seems like it, and not lengthening the strip.
  10. svoit
    svoit 6 February 2021 13: 04
    -3
    I wonder what about the underground hangars? Is everything already built?
    1. Lara Croft
      Lara Croft 6 February 2021 13: 54
      -1
      Quote: svoit
      I wonder what about the underground hangars? Is everything already built?

      We managed with overground shelters ... for the aircraft ...
  11. Evil 55
    Evil 55 6 February 2021 13: 29
    0
    Let it be .. As a factor for anxiety and idle speculation of "closest friends" ..
  12. engineer74
    engineer74 6 February 2021 14: 29
    0
    As children! laughing
    Is it really incomprehensible - "The runway is being prepared to receive the MiG-41 aerospace interceptors, whose combat missions are planned in remote regions of the solar system." wink
    If potential partners want fear, then you don't need to refuse them!
    IMHO hi
  13. voronkin
    voronkin 6 February 2021 14: 57
    0
    If they are lengthened, then it is necessary .. And the corresponding protection will be required!
    Maybe a tank division will be stationed there for protection and so on ..
    If some are so worried here, then we are doing everything right. hi
  14. Old26
    Old26 6 February 2021 15: 12
    +3
    Quote: stock buildbat
    If only in order not to drive Tu-22M3 with a full bomb load from Russia. Saving resources, reducing the response time and, if necessary, increasing the activity of bombers by reducing the duration of a combat mission.

    Well, with the TU-22M3 - we can agree with this. And what are the TU-95MS and TU-160 for? All right, there would be a full-fledged base on which the father of the current president put an end to it - then it would be understandable, and so the TU-95MS and TU-160 on Khmeimim are nonsense. Okay, also use it as a jump airfield, but as for the main home base ...

    Quote: ROSS 42
    Just like a classic ... What's your dog business? We tried to explain ...

    This is just their business. Explain or know what they can get from this ...

    Quote: ROSS 42
    There will be a base that will meet all the needs of the Aerospace Forces and Russia as a whole.

    It won't be like that. She could have been with Assad-father, but he took offense and hid the creation of SUCH a base. And what we have now is the alteration of a civil airfield for the needs of our air group, and by no means fully meeting the needs of the Aerospace Forces and Russia as a whole. The needs are much larger than the same air base and PMTO in Tartus can provide

    Quote: Tusv
    Naval base in Tartus for 11 ships, including nuclear ones + Civil port in possession. The VKS base in Khmeinim - the number of aircraft is not limited.

    Are you kidding me? The base in Syria, planned under Assad's father, was calculated for 2 dozen ships, including nuclear boats and the ANC and an air base for 4 air regiments. So it had to be a separate base with a large area. And here you are talking about 11 ships in the area that belongs to us. Who will give the civil port to us? Syria does not have so many ports of its own to
    "civilian" to give us. And an unlimited number of aviation on Khmeimim - well, try to place at least 2-3 regiments of fighters there ...
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  16. Zradogon
    Zradogon 6 February 2021 20: 59
    +1
    Is Khmeimim preparing to host X-wing space fighters?
  17. Vlad5307
    Vlad5307 6 February 2021 21: 59
    +1
    Quote: Piramidon
    Quote: Stroibat stock
    For example, for the destruction of buried command posts and other similar targets

    And the Su-24/34 will not cope with this?

    Apparently, more powerful bombs are needed, capable of penetrating deeper and with better effect, but so many holes have been dug there that the SU-34 has to make more than one sortie. hi
  18. Bez 310
    Bez 310 6 February 2021 22: 30
    +1
    Tu-160 and Tu-95MS will not be put there, there is no place for "strategists".
    Tu-22m3? I see no point, if only to scare them with bombs.
    But the Tu-142 and IL-38 could work there on boats,
    we could...
  19. Dikson
    Dikson 7 February 2021 10: 24
    +1
    About Tu-95 and Tu-160 .. - well, sheer stupidity is written .. Why in a country in which there is a constant war to plant strategic missile carriers ??? These are not front-line bombers! There is definitely nothing for strategists to do there, on this base ..
  20. zenion
    zenion 7 February 2021 20: 45
    -1
    There are people who, from childhood, are surprised that they were not asked for advice in any area of ​​the structure, from latrines, fences to building bases on planets not so far from their home.
  21. kristofer
    kristofer 8 February 2021 14: 44
    0
    The length of the existing strip, even without lengthening, makes it possible to receive all types of Russian military aircraft, including the An-124 Ruslan, which has been demonstrated more than once during the delivery of military equipment and personnel to Syria. However, according to the newspaper, the lengthened strip will make it possible to receive heavily laden military transport aircraft.

    And what is meant by "heavily laden military transport aircraft" than "Ruslans"?
  22. alzheimer
    alzheimer 8 February 2021 19: 54
    0
    Whose dog business?