The Syria Arab Army (SAA) shot down late on November 28 a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Turkish military over the northern al-Hasakah countryside.
The Syrian state TV reported that the UAV was flying over the village of Hamo, southeast of the border city of Qamishli, when it was shot down by an SAA unit that was recently deployed in the region.
The downed UAV was identified as SERÇE-1, which was developed by Turkey’s defense giant ASELSAN for the Turkish military. The UAV has a flight duration of 30 minutes with a 1 kg payload within a range of 3-5km.
SERÇE-1 comes equipped with an electro-optical\thermal system. However, the UAV can be equipped with different payloads for reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence missions as well as border security.
The Turkish military has been using SERÇE-1 UAVs to monitor the border with Syria and the areas it occupies in the governorate of Aleppo since 2018.