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    Ka-52 advanced combat helicopters and Su-25 attack aircraft will join the Russian Air Group involved in the liberation of the Syrian city of Palmyra from Daesh, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

    The Russian newspaper Izvestia reported that Ka-52 Alligator advanced combat helicopters and Su-25 Rook attack aircraft have joined in efforts to liberate the Syrian city of Palmyra from Daesh terrorists.

    The goal is to significantly strengthen the fire impact on terrorist positions, the newspaper said, referring to an interaction between a Ka-52 and a Su-25 as a combination of intelligence capabilities and high strike power.

    "It is designed to compensate for the lack of Syrian artillery strike capabilities, as well as to provide effective support to government forces advancing on Palmyra," Izvestia said.

    Vladimir Popov, deputy chief of the Russian magazine Aviapanorama, told Sputnik that interaction between the Ka-52 and the Su-25 is one of the tactics that can be used to improve the efficiency of helicopter and aircraft strike systems.

    The Ka-52 equipped with the Vitebsk electronic warfare system. File photo
    © Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy
    The Ka-52 equipped with the Vitebsk electronic warfare system. File photo

    "Using its state-of-the-art sighting and navigation equipment, the Ka-52s will transmit more accurate information about the [enemy] targets due to be bombed by the Su-25s," Popov said.

    According to him, the super precise fire impact on Daesh positions in Palmyra will play an important role in saving the rest of the historic monuments in this ancient city.

    "It is impossible to use carpet bombing in such historically important locations, which must be preserved rather than destroyed at any cost. At the same time, it is necessary to liberate the city as quickly as possible, so it is very important to work with surgical precision when conducting pin-point strikes," Popov said, stressing the importance of permanently adjusting the fire.

    On Wednesday, a military source told Sputnik that the Syrian government's forces had pushed Daesh terrorists back some 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the T-4 airbase near the city of Palmyra.

    Ka-52 attack helicopters in Syria. File photo
    © Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresenskiy
    Ka-52 attack helicopters in Syria. File photo

    According to the source, after the Bir al Fukar area and the mountain range in the Al-Sharife region are retaken, the situation around the T-4 base will stabilize.

    In December 2016, Syrian government forces had to abandon Palmyra after Daesh stormed the city. The terrorists then moved approximately 90 kilometers toward the city of Homs, taking key heights and several villages near Palmyra.

    They attempted to storm the T-4 airbase as well, which is the main obstacle on their way to Homs, but were stopped by the government’s forces.

    Commenting on the Daesh offensive on Palmyra, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation there was a result of the discordant actions of different players in Syria.


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