Russia could deploy the advanced anti-drone system “Sapsan-Konvoy” in Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu revealed on August 28.
Shoygu said the system could be sent to Syria if it passes successfully a series of tests during the upcoming “Kavkaz-2020” military exercises.
“There is a need to develop means like this, if the complex is ready for tests, we will test it during the Kavkaz-2020 strategic command-staff exercises, and if it shows positive results we will send it to Syria,” RT quoted Shoygu as saying.
DIY armed drones used by militants pose a serious threat to Russian troops deployed in Syria. In the last two years, dozens of drone attacks targeted Russian bases in the war-torn country.
Sapsan-Konvoy, which was showcased at the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2020,” was developed by Concern Avtomatika. The system can detect drones and jam their GNSS channels.
Shoygu have reportedly given instruction to test other new weapon systems presented at Army-2020 in Syria. The exact systems were not named.
The Russian military has tested hundreds of weapon systems in Syria since the beginning of its operations there in 2015. Many systems proved to be effective, while others were further upgraded.