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Russia reinforces its miltiary air base in Armenia with 6 helicopters

December 21, 2015, 14:11 UTC+3
Six modern Mi-24P attack and Mi-8MT transport army aviation helicopters have been delivered from a military field in the Krasnodar Territory
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Mi-24 helicopters

Mi-24 helicopters

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MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. The Russian air base in Erebuni in Armenia has received a new batch of six helicopters, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District reported on Monday.

"Six modern Mi-24P attack and Mi-8MT transport army aviation helicopters have been delivered from a military field in the Krasnodar Territory," the press office said.

"A squadron of army aviation helicopters has been established in the Russian unit in the Trans-Caucasus and work is under way to assemble aviation transport means," the press office said.

The helicopters will stay on temporary suitable sites of the military aerodrome until the construction of organic helicopter pads, the helicopter base and service infrastructure is completed. The flights of Mi-24P attack gunships and Mi-8MT transport helicopters will start in the first quarter of 2016, the press office said.

The Russian air base in Armenia received 7 Mi-24P attack helicopters and Mi-8MT transport rotocraft earlier in December.

The air base at the Erebuni aerodrome in Yerevan was established in 1995. Russia’s MiG-29 multipurpose fighter jets were delivered to Armenia in 1998. In 2001, the units based in Erebuni formed the basis for the air base, which became the air component of Russia’s 102nd military base in Gyumri.

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