Tiyas Military Airbase
|Airport type||Military air base|
|Owner||Syrian Armed Forces|
|Operator||Syrian Arab Air Force|
|Location||Tiyas, Homs Governorate|
The Tiyas Military Airbase is the largest airbase in Syria.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the Soviet Union was given access to the Tiyas Air Base for the periodic deployment of naval aircraft.
In December 2016, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacked the airbase a day after overrunning pro-government forces in nearby Palmyra. ISIL claimed to have destroyed four Syrian military aircraft during their attack on the airbase.
The base was struck again on 9 April 2018 by multiple missiles, it was not immediately clear who was behind the attack however U.S officials denied launching any air attack on Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed it was another attack by the Israeli Air Force. The Syrian air defence units have shot down five of the eight guided missiles, the Russian military said further.
It has been reported that the April 2018 attack on the base destroyed a hangar used to shelter drones and an Iranian supplied anti-aircraft Tor missile system, before it could be set up and become fully operational.