The Russian Air Force’s MI-28NE (Night Hunter) attack helicopters have been a godsend for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) infantry units operating inside the vast Syrian Desert in east Homs.
Why exactly? Well, the Syrian Armed Forces no longer needs to wait until dusk to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defenses; instead, they can strike the aforementioned terrorist group during the twilight hours, thanks in large part to the air cover they receive from the Russian attack helicopters.
When the Syrian Armed Forces liberated the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) from ISIS in late March 2016, they were able to advance each night because of the Russian Air Force’s advanced technology that picked off the enemy defenders before the infantry units attacked.
The same situation is happening in northern Palmyra right now.
Each night, the Russian attack helicopters lead the attack on the ISIS controlled sites in the Palmyra countryside, paving the way for the Tiger Forces to capture well-fortified areas.
Without these Russian choppers, the Syrian Armed Forces would be charging ISIS’ defenses in a wide open desert that is very difficult to advance inside of; but, the table has turned now.
Every Syrian Army advance in east Homs is backed by a Russian chopper that is weakening the terrorist group’s resistance.