Russia and Syria begin joint air patrols near the Golan Heights

Military pilots of Russia and Syria conducted the first joint air patrol along the Golan Heights and the Euphrates, TASS reports with reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The ministry clarified that the patrol route ran along the Golan heights, then along the southern border, up along the Euphrates and over the northern territory of the SAR.  

The Russian military took off from the Khmeimim air base, the Syrian pilots – from the Seikal and Dumayr airfields.

The Russian Aerospace Forces were represented by the crews of the Su-34, Su-35 and early warning radar A -50, MiG-23 and MiG-29 took part in the patrol from the SAR.

During the patrol, training missile launches were carried out at air targets, ground targets were hit at one of the training grounds located in the central part of the republic.

“Pilots of the two friendly countries have gained skills in interaction in various situations,” summed up the Defense Ministry. The military department added that such joint flights will now become regular.

Meanwhile, in December it became known that the restoration of the triumphal arch destroyed by terrorists in Syrian Palmyra will begin in 2022. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation will take over air transportation, transport support, as well as a number of logistics and security measures.


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