The Moscow-based Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily newspaper has said that Russia is redeploying its forces and equipment to the Humeimim base after the Astana peace talks.
Russian media claimed that Russia has deployed Ka-52 advanced combat helicopters and Su-25 attack aircraft to assist in the liberation of Palmyra from ISIS terrorists.
“It is designed to compensate for the lack of Syrian artillery strike capabilities, as well as to provide effective support to government forces advancing on Palmyra,” the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
“Using its state-of-the-art sighting and navigation equipment, the Ka-52s will transmit more accurate information about the (enemy) targets due to be bombed by the Su-25s,” Vladimir Popov, the deputy chief of the Russian magazine Aviapanorama, told Sputnik.
According to him, the super precise fire impact on ISIL’s positions in Palmyra would play an important role in saving the rest of the historic monuments in this ancient city.
“It is impossible to use carpet bombing in such historically important locations, which must be preserved rather than destroyed at any cost. At the same time, it necessary to liberate the city as quickly as possible, so it is very important to work with surgical precision when conducting pin-point strikes,” Popov said, stressing the importance of permanently adjusting the fire.