According to an Al-Masdar correspondent in Damascus, 4 MI-28NE “Night Hunter” choppers have arrived to the Shayrat Military Airbase in east Homs as part of the fleet that is meant to help the Syrian Armed Forces liberate the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway.
These helicopters were specifically chosen by the Russian High Command because of their durability and effectiveness during night combat.
The website “Russian Helicopters” has provided the following details regarding the MI-28NE:
“The Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” is a modern attack helicopter designed to carry out search and destroy operations against tanks, armoured and un-armoured vehicles, and enemy personnel in combat, as well as low-speed airborne targets. It can operate night and day, and in adverse weather conditions.
The Mi-28N “Night Hunter” has been officially accepted into service with the Russian Ministry of Defence. The “Night Hunter” meets the latest international standards for combat attack helicopters, and Mi-28NE is its export version.
The Mi-28NE “Night Hunter” is designed for the following missions:
- providing fire support for forward ground forces;
- acting as part of the anti-tank reserve;
- accompanying and supporting tactical airborne assault and airborne assault force units;
- combating enemy tactical airborne assault forces;
- combating low-speed, low-altitude airborne targets.”
Unlike the previous military operations against ISIS, the Syrian Armed Forces will have to fight the terrorist group during the twilight hours in order to avoid the blistering heat of the Syrian Desert.