Started on 30 September,2015 Russian airstrikes proved to be highly effective and lethal against anti-government forces.Russian Air Force strikes successfully halted rebel advancements to the port city of Latakia where Russian Khmeimim(alsoHmeimim Air Base) is located.Russians have conducted 71000 strikes as of January,2017.
The aircrafts used were Antonov An-124 cargo plane,llyushin ll-76 transport plane,su-25 for close air support,su-34 strike fighters,mi-24 gunship helicopter,Mi-8 transport helicopters. Russia also used Tu-95 and Tu-160 strategic bombers which have a large payload and remain in the air for a long time.These bombers also fire cruise missiles against their targets.
At the end of January 2016, Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets started to be deployed.
In February 2016, one Tupolev Tu-214R was reported to have been deployed.
S-400 was also deployed after the shootdown of Su-24 strike fighter.
The Sixth Directorate of the Russian GRU reportedly operated a signals intelligence station by the airport.
Strikes of the Russian Air Force also destroyed SAMs of rebels and also successfully destroyed the anti-government armour power.
Russians are using latest weapons in Syria like laser guided bombs and missiles,modern jets like Su-34,Su-35,cruise missiles like Kalibr-NK and Orlan-10 UAVs.Moreover,Bunker Buster bombs were also used.
The targets include underground facilities,heavy machine gun posts,different variety of vehicles and enemy personnel.
Russian Navy also helping Syrian regime by firing missiles against the targets in Syria from submarines and warships.
Russian Defense Industry also booms as many countries have expressed their interest in buying Su-34(strike fighter) and Su-35(multirole fighter).
Putin's popularity reached the sky due to his brave actions against terrorism abroad(in Syria).Now he is everyone's hero.
Thanks to Russian intervention,Syrian government recapture many areas and territory from anti-government forces. Thus,Russian airstrikes boost the Syrian army and security forces morale and enable them to counter attack the opposition.