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    Russia to Upgrade Combat Helicopters Based on Syrian Campaign Results

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    The Russian Helicopters company will modernize the country's combat helicopters based on the aircraft's performance during an anti-terror campaign in Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Helicopters company is coordinating with the country's Defense Ministry a program of combat helicopters modernization based on the aircraft's performance during an anti-terror campaign in Syria, the design and manufacturing firm’s deputy head said Thursday.

    "We have an established program that is now being coordinated with the Russian Defense Ministry, and it would allow making minor or more significant adjustments to give our choppers more efficiency," Andrey Shibitov told journalists.

    On September 30, Moscow began its anti-terror campaign in Syria on Damascus' request, during which the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted precision airstrikes against Daesh, outlawed in many countries, including Russia.

    In mid-March, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to start withdrawing most of Russia's military contingent from Syria after accomplishing its objective, while leaving a minor residual force.

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