On August 11 afternoon, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced that it had shot down a Russian drone over the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib in a blatant violation of the March 5 ceasefire agreement of 2020.
The drone, identified as an Orlan-10, crashed in the vicinity of the town of al-Ruwaihah. HTS’ Amjad news network shared photos of the drone’s wreckage.
This was the second Russian drone to be lost in Syria on August 11. In the morning, a drone of the same type crashed near the town of al-Matmurah in the northern al-Hasakah countryside in the country’s northeastern region.
The Orlan-10 has a flight duration of 16 hours and a range of 140 km. The drone can be equipped with several types of sensors to carry out different missions including reconnaissance, 3D-mapping, electronic warfare and communication relay.
The Russian military group in Syria has been using drones, mainly Orlan-10s, to monitor de-escalation zones in the war-torn country for several years now.
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