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BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – A huge Russian shipment of weapons bound for Syria in the form of one government-contracted sea-lifter and a naval landing ship has recently transited the Bosphorus Strait.

Observers from the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey have observed the transiting of two Russian vessels – one a sea-lifter and the other a navy landing ship – inbound for the Syrian port city of Tartus; both are carrying a wealth new military equipment.

The logistical carrier, identified as the RoRo Altay, has been photographed with what sources count as 133 Ural military-grade transport trucks above its hull. No information exists on what army equipment is present within the ship’s actual cargo bay.

The RoRo Altay’s naval accomplice has been identified as the Ropucha-class landing ship ‘Alexander Otrakovsky’ whose military cargo is completely hidden inside internal bays and can only be guessed.

All military equipment being delivered will most likely be pressed into service with the Syrian Armed Forces.

 

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I didn’t know what a “sea-lifter” but now I assume it is just a cargo ship. A load of fuel lorries on it by the looks of it (I definitely could be wrong here), but I am intrigued what they have down in the hull / cargo holds.

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You’re right. Those lorries do look like the tanker types. Am assuming this has to do with the current Hama / Idlib / Aleppo offensive and the need to keep the SAA on the move.