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Russian Forces Intercept Militant UAVs Near Hmeimim Airbase

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Russian Forces Intercept Militant UAVs Near Hmeimim Airbase

Russian Pantsyr-S1 air defense weapon system, foreground, and the S-400 long-range air defense missile systems are deployed at Hmeymim air base in Syria (Photo: AP)

In the afternoon of January 27, Russian forces launched at least three surface-to-air missiles at an unidentified aerial object near the Hmeimim airbase in the western governorate of Lattakia.

Russian Forces Intercept Militant UAVs Near Hmeimim Airbase

According to local sources, the air-to-surface missiles shot down several unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), which were heading towards the Russian airbase. However, this is yet to be confirmed by any official source in Russia or Syria.

Last year, racial militants in the opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria sent more than 50 armed UAVs to attack Hmeimim airbase. The vast majority of these drones were shot down before they were able to reach their target.

If confirmed, this will be the second UAV attack on Hmeimim airbase since September 17, when Russia and Turkey reached a demilitarized zone agreement. On November 28 a single drone was shot down near the airbase.

The Russian Aerospace Forces usually respond to these attacks by carrying out pinpoint airstrikes on ammo depots and workshops of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is ruling the opposition-held pocket in northwestern Syria.

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  • xTheWarrior22

    So, this is Erdogan’s additional measure to reinforce the agreement?

    • Barba_Papa

      I reckon any meeting between the Russians and Erdogan go about as follows:

      Russians: Are you ready to give up Idlib?

      Erdogan: No.

      Russians: Are you ready to do something about Al Nusra and keep the headchoppers from attacking?

      Erdogan: mumbles something incoherently which the Russians, being skilled diplomats, realizes means no.

      Russians: Right, might as well do something useful, anyone for kebabs?

      Erdogan will do fuck all about Idlib, other then try his hardest to keep Assad out. Or trade it for something better, like East Syria, where the oil is. The Kurds will rather see Assad back before that happens, so he’s not going to get that, so he will keep Idlib. The real question for Russia is, when will Erdogan’s usefulness as a future ally against the US drop to the point that its no longer any good? After that the SAA will start rolling into Idlib. Not a second earlier.

  • jako

    Just send them over !
    It is great target practice for those guys !
    That’s why they are in Syria i n the first place, to get some real combat experience!

  • Patriotic_White_American

    Looks like the Pantsirs radar got confused again and started firing at pigeons XD

    • Vas

      Hello pseudo-murican.

      • Sinbad2

        He’s the yankee doodle dandy from Tel Aviv.
        But he does serve to demonstrate the lie that Jews are intelligent.

    • Ricky Miller

      They would have have used the autocannons for pigeons, or small size drones. You seem to actually know very little about the Russian weapons you endlessly criticize.

    • Dicksonrp

      No…they were firing at your wife and momma…when her panties were pulled down.