BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian military’s losses between 2015 and 2018 have been revealed in a research article posted by The National Interest publication.
Citing open source infromation, The National Interest reported that between 2015 and 2018, the Russian military lost at least 19 air assets, including 11 helicopters and 8 jets, resulting in the death of 23 crew members and 37 passengers.
The article argues that while 60 deaths was a lot, it was unable to prevent the Russian Aerospace Forces from continuing their campaign inside Syria.
“However, these losses were too small to prevent the aerospace forces [Russian Aerospace Forces] and naval aviation from completing more than 39,000 sorties in Syria by mid-2018, which changed the course of the conflict in favor of [President Bashar] Assad,” they added.
In contrast, the publication points out that between 2014 and 2020, the United States lost lost only one F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter and the V-22 Osprey.
It should be noted, however, that the Russian Air Force has conducted a far greater amount of sorties than the U.S. military in Syria.
Earlier this month, Konstantin Sivkov, deputy president of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences for Information Policy and doctor of military sciences, said that the United States could destroy the Russian Hmeimim base in Syria with Tomahawk missiles.
The Russian and U.S. armed forces have never engaged in combat against one another in Syria, despite their close proximity.