1 Oct 2018 14:03

Russian Aerospace Forces' An-124s make 5 flights to Hmeimim after approval of S-300 delivery to Syria

LONDON. Oct 1 (Interfax-AVN) - Antonov An-124-100 heavy military transport planes of the Russian Aerospace Forces have made at least five flights to the Hmeimim Airbase amid reports about Russia supplying S-300 air defense systems to Syria, according to Western air traffic resources.

A plane with the tail number RA-82010 landed in Hmeimim on Monday, they said, adding that three An-124s with the tail numbers RA-82032, RA-82010, and RA-82035 were transporting cargo to Syria.

All the planes flew over the Caspian Sea, Iran, and Iraq.

As reported earlier, Oboronlogistika's container ship Sparta-3 arrived in the Russian naval support and logistics base in Tartus on Sunday. According to the television channel Zvezda, the Sparta-3 is one of the three biggest supply ships of the Russian contingent in Syria.

The Black Sea Fleet's landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov has also been routed to the base in Tartus.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference on September 26 that Russia had started to supply S-300 systems to Syria.