The Russian Defense Ministry has redeployed to the Hmeimim air base in Syria three drone complexes and two radars, the Ministry’s press-service said.
“Over the past three days the Russian Defense Ministry has redeployed to Hmeimim three advanced complexes equipped with drones and two radars capable of identifying small targets and of exposing the use of artillery systems by terrorists,” said a news release obtained by TASS.
In order to spot the positions of multiple rocket launchers, artillery pieces and mortars being used by truce abusers “two sets of artillery instrumental reconnaissance have been delivered to Syria and deployed there.”
According to the Ministry,Russia has created a system forfull monitoring of the conflict zone situation.
“In order to strengthen control over the regime of the cessation of hostilities in Syrian territory the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have created a system for the full monitoring of the situation in the conflict zone. Drones, a grouping of satellites and other technical reconnaissance equipment are used in the control,” the Ministry said.
“The airspace control is exercised by radio-technical facilities of the air defense systems, including Syrian systems and aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces,” the press service said.
In Mid February, Russia deployed the Tu-214R ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) aircraft.
The Tu-214R (photo) is a special mission aircraft equipped with all-weather radar systems and electro optical sensors that produce photo-like imagery of large parts of the ground: these images are then used to identify and map the position of the enemy forces, even if these are camouflaged or hidden.
The aircraft is known to carry sensor packages to perform ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) and SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) missions: the antennae of the Tu-214R can intercept the signals emitted by the enemy systems (radars, aircraft, radios, combat vehicles, mobile phones etc) so as it can build the EOB (Electronic Order of Battle) of the enemy forces: where the enemy forces are operating, what kind of equipment they are using and, by eavesdropping into their radio/phone communications, what they are doing and what will be their next move.
The aircraft is built by KAPO (Kazan Aircraft Production Association) and flown from the company’s airfield in Kazan.
On February 15, the Tu-214R registered RA-64514, serial number 42305014, the second of the two examples of this kind of aircraft built under contract with Russia’s Ministry of Defense,flew from Kazan to Latakia airbase, Syria.