This Infographic Sums Up All We Know About the Russian Air War in Syria

This Infographic says it all you need to know about Putin air war in Syria.

Prepared by CIGeography‘s Louis Martin-Vézian for the, the infographic in this post shows the evolution of Russia’s intervention in Syria: from the military build-up, to the deployment of the Russian Air Force attack planes to Latakia, to the air strikes conducted against terrorist targets across the country.

If you can’t see the infographic below, click here to download it in high-definition.


Many thanks to Louis Martin-Vézian @CIGeography for allowing us to post the infographic on The Aviationist.


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. The Russian presence in two bases draws a strong arc of Russian aerial control at the heart of Middle East. By boosting its two extremities with state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems, Moscow has imposed a new reality whereby it will soon be almost impossible for any air or ground
    force, to go into military action above or inside Syria or Iraq without prior coordination with the Russians.The bricks of Russian domination are now almost all in place.In the last week of September, two Ilyushin-20 (IL-20 Coot) super-surveillance planes stole into Syrian airspace, to provide a major upgrade for the Russian air fleet of Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, cargo planes and attack helicopters gathering for combat in Syria. DETAILS HERE:

  2. Really cool stuff. Very clear and informative. It seems however that the majority of strikes targeted opposition fighters, not ISIS.

  3. My question is how did Russia get a air route over E Europe. I was under the impression that when we got Greece/Turkey to agree to block Russian air flight approval through the Bosphorus that the Russians were have to fly the long way around via Caspian Iran Iraq Syria. If E Europe is so unreliable they cannot hold to a denial of air traffic for Russian actions in Syria are they really that much of allies?

  4. A bit dated (2 weeks late), and quite incomplete. The Moskva surely
    isn’t lingering in Tartus as depicted, and it’s S300F(N?) range might be
    significantly larger (150-200km).
    BTW, persistent rumors of sending Tu22M3s into the fray based in North Ossetia at Mozdok AFB.

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