Despite the shelters erected, VKS planes in Khmeimim stand in the open air

On one of the pages on the social network Twitter, covering the events in Syria, satellite photos of the Russian air base Khmeimim appeared on March 11, 2020.

In the pictures, you can see at least 22 two VKS aircraft standing in the open air, despite the fact that the caponiers, special structures designed to shelter aircraft, rise nearby.

According to the silhouettes of the aircraft, it is possible to determine that at the airport there are Su-24 - 5 units, Su-34 - 3, Su-35 - 5, Tu-214R, Tu-154, An-124, A-50, Il-76 - 2 units, An-26 - 2 and one An-72.

Given the periodically occurring attacks of militants using unmanned aerial vehicles and multiple launch rocket systems, it is not entirely clear why such a quantity of combat equipment located outside the shelter.

It is still fresh in memory militant attack On December 31, 2017, when six Su-24 front-line bombers, a Su-35S fighter, an An-72 reconnaissance aircraft, an An-30 reconnaissance aircraft and a Mi-8 helicopter were damaged as a result of shelling the base, two soldiers were killed.

However, do not make hasty conclusions based on satellite imagery. Surely, the military had a good reason for the planes to be on the airfield.
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  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 22 March 2020 18: 27
    This is all Putin’s cunning plan! With complications, the Jews or the militants will try to gouge precisely the caponiers ...
    An, and there will be no planes there ....
    1. Rus Offline Rus
      Rus 22 March 2020 18: 33
      Now local patriots will find 1000 reasons that it is useful! Follow the comments below! Or they will attack me!)))
    2. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
      Observer2014 22 March 2020 21: 26
      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      This is all Putin’s cunning plan! With complications, the Jews or the militants will try to gouge precisely the caponiers ...
      An, and there will be no planes there ....

      laughing Yeah. We will answer their prudence, as always, with our own stupidity.
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  4. Airplanes stand, warm engines, to fly out again to bomb Egypt!
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  6. Ivan Ivanov_18 Offline Ivan Ivanov_18
    Ivan Ivanov_18 (Troll trolls) 22 March 2020 20: 28
    Two outstanding iksperds were noted. We are waiting for the rest.
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  8. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 23 March 2020 05: 00
    Maybe I'm wrong, but in my opinion what the author calls caponiers, he’s actually just a canopy and can protect him from the sun, or from pigeons. Caponir looks something like this:

    But as practice shows, he does not save from serious weapons, something like this looks after hitting the Tomahawks:

    In order to minimize damage, an embankment of parking places was used, an earthen embankment was made around the aircraft on three sides, in this case, fragments from explosions do not damage other aircraft. True, and it does not completely cover the plane, the tail usually protrudes from the top of the embankment and can be damaged.
    In part, this embankment resembles that used for smaller aircraft in Russia, but the principle is the same. As can be seen in the photo, in modern conditions it is also ineffective.

    I understand that the Barmalei have smaller weapons than the Tomahawks, but it is extremely controversial to hope to protect the aircraft from damage with a canopy. It is rather protection from the sun and satellite surveillance. Shelters for transport aircraft are not built at all. Imagine the size of caponier for IL-76 fellow
    In general, the author’s experiences are in vain, it is rather from not understanding the essence of the issue. Something like - it’s raining outside, and why are they going without an umbrella?
    1. Ivan Ivanov_18 Offline Ivan Ivanov_18
      Ivan Ivanov_18 (Troll trolls) 23 March 2020 09: 16
      Absolutely in the hole. good
  9. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 23 March 2020 05: 18
    Here is another good example of the effectiveness of protective structures:
  10. Regis Offline Regis
    Regis (Sergey Kopan) 23 March 2020 17: 20
    In fact, the commander makes decisions and is responsible for him ... epaulettes, reputation and life.