Russian Forces Shot Down Another Armed Drone Near Hmeimim Airbase

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Russian Forces Shot Down Another Armed Drone Near Hmeimim Airbase

Illustrative image: Russian Defense Ministry

On August 9, the Russian Centre for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria announced that Russian forces shot down an armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near Hmeimim airbase in the western Syrian governorate of Lattakia.

“The anti-aircraft systems eliminated the air target at a considerable distance from the air base. No casualties or material damage was caused. The Hmeimim Air Base functions as planned,” the Russian center for reconciliation said in an official statement.

Russian Forces Shot Down Another Armed Drone Near Hmeimim Airbase

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Usually, Russian forces use the Pantsir-S1 medium-range surface-to-air air defense systems to intercept UAVs. The Russian-made system has a range of up to 20km and it is considered very cost-effective.

Over the last two months, Russian forces shot down dozens of locally made armed UAVs over Hmeimim airbase. According to the head of the Russian reconciliation center, Major General Alexei Tsygankov, these UAVs are usually launched from the militants-held areas in Idlib and Lattakia.

These attempts to attack Hmeimim airbase are considered a violation of the de-escalation agreement in northern Syria. The agreement allows the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Russian Aerospace Forces to respond militarily to these violations.

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  • Pave Way IV

    Russia and Syria don’t need any further justification to enter, attack head-choppers and level Idlib. The real show starts when the 2000+ al Qaeda White Helmets with their chemical protective suits and mystery liquid-filled rockets are given the green light by Washington for their chemical weapons false flags. Everyone knows how Washington will probably respond to this now-tiresome bullshit propaganda. The real question is how Russia will respond to another U.S. attack on Syria?

    Turkey has closed its borders with Syria. No U.S. sponsored head-choppers or their families can escape that way, not even the White Helmets. The U.S. will use increasingly desperate actions to save our head-chopper ‘assets’ in Idlib as they lose ground. We’re already crying rivers of tears at the UN about the impending massacre. Who will protect the child-killing head-choppers of al Zinki if not the U.S.? What about the almost Nobel Prize-winning al Qaeda White Helmets? Or the Uigh… Uyghu… er, those Chinese jihadi head-chopper dudes?