Media sources reported observing a number of advanced Terminator tanks in the Russian-run Humeimim airbase during the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to the base.
The Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that a number of very strong Russia-made Terminator Tanks have been seen in images of Assad’s visit to Humeimim military airport in Lattakia province, adding that Russia had never declared anything about deploying this kind of tank in Syria.
The report said Terminator is similar to T-72 but is equipped with stronger weapons, adding that the tank’s main mission is providing support for friendly tanks in the battlefields and destroying enemy tanks by missile fire.
Terminator is capable of targeting and destroying other tanks and armored vehicles from a 6km distance, the report added.
Sputnik went on to say that the first visit of Assad to the Humeimim airbase came after the recent statements of the White House spokesperson about an alleged impending gas attack by the Syrian government.
The Spokesperson accused Syria of preparing to stage a chemical attack in the country, threatening that Washington would make Damascus pay “a heavy price.”
Earlier reports said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the Russian-run Humeimim military airport in the coastal province of Lattakia, local media reported, adding that Assad and Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov underlined reinvigoration of coordination in the war on terrorism.
The Syrian leader inspected a single-seat, twin-engine and super-maneuverable Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jet as well as armored vehicles at Humeimim base Southeast of the provincial capital city of Lattakia on Tuesday, and met with a number of Russian military commanders there, the Syrian state agency reported.
Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov accompanied Bashar al-Assad during the visit.
“The Syrian people will not forget the support of their Russian brothers,” Assad wrote in the base visitors’ book.
The Russian Defense Ministry issues a statement noting that during the visit, al-Assad and Gerasimov had held talks at the base on “coordination between Syrian government forces and Russia’s air force”.
Humeimim serves as Russia’s permanent airbase inside Syria and is adjacent to the Bassel al-Assad International Airport, with which it shares some airfield facilities.
Moscow launched its campaign against the ISIL terrorists and other militant groups in Syria upon a request from Damascus in September 2015. Its airstrikes have helped Syrian forces carry out effective counterterrorism operations against foreign-backed militants operating in the country since 2011.