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KHMEIMIM (Syria), May 9. /TASS/. A military parade devoted to the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 was held at Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in Syria on Monday.
At the start of the parade, a banner group brought the state flag of Russia and the Victory Banner - a symbol of the Soviet people’s victory in the Great Patriotic War - onto the airfield.
After a welcoming speech by Commander of the Russian Air Task Force in Syria Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov reviewing the parade, the parade participants performed the Russian anthem.
The parade units of Russian and Syrian servicemen marching across the airfield were followed by military hardware that included Tigr (Tiger) armored vehicles, new BTR-82M armored personnel carriers, R-166 communications vehicles, Ural-4320 trucks with D-30 howitzers and Pantsyr-S antiaircraft missile/gun systems.
Also, Russia’s most advanced S-400 Triumf antiaircraft missile system drove across the airfield.
The air parade was opened by a pair of Mil Mi-8AMTSh transport helicopters that were followed by a pair of Mi-35 attack copters. After that, two most advanced Mi-28 Night Hunter helicopters flew in the skies over the Khmeimim base followed by a pair of Kamov Ka-52 Alligator helicopters.
The air parade also involved three pairs of aircraft that are participating in Russia’s combat operation in Syria - Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets, most advanced generation 4+ Su-35S fighters and Su-34 frontline bombers.