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    Turkish Mass Media on Alert as Russia ‘Encircles’ Turkey With Combat Armor

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    Turkish media outlets are concerned that Russia is beefing up its military presence around the country following the shootdown of a Russian bomber over Syrian airspace, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

    In particular, it says, “Russia sent 14 helicopters to Armenia and deployed them to the Erebuni Air Base near the capital Yerevan on December 8.Seven of these helicopters are armored Mi-24 attack helicopters and the others are Mi-8 model transport helicopters.

    The number of Mi-24 attack helicopters could reach 15 by the end of the year."

    Russian Mi-24 helicopters
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    Russian Mi-24 helicopters

    Another concern is a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea.

    “Russia has sent a submarine called the “Rostov-on-Don” to the Mediterranean Sea, where Russia also maintains a naval base in Tartus. The “Rostov-on-Don” has been equipped with Caliber cruise missiles.

    Russia had previously sent two submarines and the “Moskva” cruiser carrying an air defense systems similar to S-300 missiles to Eastern Mediterranean.”

    Rostov-on-Don submarine launches 3M-54 Kalibr (Klub) anti-ship missiles
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    Rostov-on-Don submarine launches 3M-54 Kalibr (Klub) anti-ship missiles

    The newspaper also mentioned Russian combat unit in Syria, Hmeymim airbase, outside Latakia.

    “Russia has been using the Hmeymim Air Base outside Latakia, one of the strongholds of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    There are an estimated 55 fighter jets in the base, including SU-30 fighter jets and SU-24, 2U-25 and SU-34 bombers along with seven Mi-24 and five Mi-8 helicopters.

    A pilot of a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet gestures before taking off at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria
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    A pilot of a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jet gestures before taking off at the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria

    The air defense systems of the base include Pantsir-S1, Buk-M2, S-200, Pechora-2M and S-400 batteries. The electronic Krasukha platform, whicymijmh jams radar-guided systems, has also been deployed to the Hmeymim.”

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