Now according to Krasnaya Zvezda, the official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense reports about two Su-57 Frazors having been deployed for a second time to Khmeimin Air Force Base, located near the coastal city of Jableh and Latakia (Syria).
The primary goal of the redeployment has been reported as a renewed demonstration of the latest Russian combat aircraft acting under “real-war conditions”. Of course this is done with the intention to attract potential foreign buyers.
The “real-war circumstances” are massively decreased as there are less to none air-to-air threats (Russia has no intentions to attack western Coalition aircraft of Operation Inherent Resolve (OI) or will not attack Israeli aircraft) and the only real-war missions are (low-level) air-to-ground attack missions in the remaining terrorist area of Idlib in which the Su-57 is not the primary weapon of choice.
This repeated deployment of the Russian silver-bullet force coincides with intensive operations aimed at a large-scale reconstruction and improvement of the infrastructure of the Khmeimim air base, which has been going on since early May 2019.
ImageSat International (ISI) have detected large engineering vehicles installing eight revetments (sized some thrity by six meters) in place of the previously reconstructed helipads.
The new infrastructure shall be added due to a variety of contingency factors having been taken into account, from climatic conditions to sudden attacks by terrorists as well as preventing eyes from out of space looking at Khmeimim activities…
According to Russian senator Frantz Klintsevich, these reconstruction works meant Russia would transform Khmeimin from a temporary structure to a permanent base, fully modernized for both militarily flying activities as well as in regards to the living conditions of the military personnel.
In effort to further bolster its presence in Syria, the Russian military pushes ahead with their efforts to improve the infrastructure at the Naval Base at the port of Tartus.
The plan is to expand this naval logistics base into a fully developed naval station, with two extra piers and the capacity for up to eleven vessels at a time. The newly remodeled base at Tartus would also be equipped to service nuclear-powered vessels, which would be permanently stationed in the Mediterranean.
So in this way, Syria becomes a permanent gateway for operations of Russia in the Mediterranean as well as northern Africa.