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    Ground crew servicing a Russian Mi-24 helicopter in Syria's Hmeymim airbase.

    Russia Deploys Mi-24 Helicopter Gunships to Syria Anti-ISIL Operation

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    Russia has deployed Mi-24 helicopter gunships to Syria as part of its operation against ISIL targets.

    Russia has deployed its notorious Mi-24 helicopter gunships to Syria, where they are part of the operation against Islamic State terrorist targets.

    According to Colonel Igor Klimov of the Russian Air Force in Hmeymim Air Base in Syria, the Mi-24 helicopters are currently being used for patrolling the area around the airfield and for potential search and rescue missions. The Mi-24 is considered to be one of most deadly and versatile helicopters in the world.

    "The Mi-24 accelerates up to 300 kilometers per hour and rises to an altitude of up to 4.5 kilometers," Klimov told RIA Novosti.

    Each Russian Mi-24 helicopter in Syria is also armed with four blocks of 20 unguided air-to ground rockets and a 30-millimeter cannon.

    Russian tactical group seen at Hmeimim aerodrome in Syria
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    The helicopters are said to currently be patrolling the area of the Hmeymim air base where Russia's air force is stationed, although their use could be expanded.

    In addition to the Mi-24 helicopters, Russia has deployed Mi-8AMTSh "Terminator" transport and combat helicopters to Syria.

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