BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Russian An-124 strategic airlift jet reportedly landed at the Hmaymim Military Airport in southwest Latakia on Friday, local reports claimed this evening.
This Russian aircraft is a strategic airlift jet that can carry up to 150 tons of cargo.
The An-124 was previously used by the Russian Aerospace Forces to transport the S-400 system to Syria in late 2015.
According to some rumors from pro-government pages, the Russian An-124 was transporting the S-300 system to Syria; however, these claims remain unfounded.
The An-124 does not make many trips to Syria, so its latest arrival at the Hmaymim Airport has raised some questions as to why an aircraft like this would make its way to southwest Latakia.