Syrian War Report – April 25, 2018: Russia Repels Drone Attack On Its Air Base In Syria

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On the evening of April 24, Russian forces repelled an attack by armed drones on their Hmeimim airbase in the province of Latakia.

According to the reports, Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense systems shot down two drones armed with projectiles before they were able to attack the base. Some sources added that the airbase had also come under rocket attack. However, these rocket were also intercepted.

Later the Russian Defense Ministry released a statement saying that its air defense systems had intercepted “small aerial targets of unknown origin”.

The repeated drone attacks on the Russian military facilities show that militant groups operating in Syria have no more resources with which to oppose the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russia and Iran, and their key current goal is to gain media coverage in a desperate attempts to receive additional funds and support from their foreign sponsors.

Such a media effect could be achieved if militants were to succeed in delivering damage to the Russian airbase and the aircraft deployed there.

The SAA established control over the town of Jayrud in eastern Qalamoun after militants had withdrawn from it. A reconciliation agreement in the rest of the area is underway.

In southern Damascus, the SAA and its allies continued their operation against ISIS liberating the Joura Orchards. However, no breakthrough has yet been achieved. ISIS is fiercely resisting to the advancing government forces.

Israel is unhappy with reports that Russia may supply the Syrian military with S-300 systems in response to the April 14 missile strike on the country by US-led forces. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed that Israeli forces will crush any weapons that pose a threat to his country.

“What’s important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won’t be used against us. If they’re used against us, we’ll act against them,” Lieberman said according to the Ynet newspaper. “If anyone attacks us, we will retaliate, regardless of S-300, S-700 or anything else’s presence there.”

Lieberman claimed that Israel “doesn’t interfere in Syria’s internal affairs” adding that however, Israel will not allow Iran “to flood” Syria “with advanced weapons systems that would be aimed against Israel.”

Earlier, US CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel made “a secret and unprecedented visit to Israel” and met with senior Israeli security officials. Some experts link the trip to the alleged Israeli-US talks what to do if Syria receives advanced S-300 missile defense systems.

It does look Washington did not expect that the April 14 attack could somehow backfire, but it did.

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  • Nigel Maund

    Good work by the Russian defence forces! IMO Russia must go ahead and provide Syria with ample S300’s to defend itself against further US and IAF airstrikes and, moreover, to completely deter any further Israeli agression in this region.

    • First Lastname

      Israel can’t even win a ground war in Lebanon. Their bluster against the S-300’s shows their weakness and fear. God forbid Syria be a peaceful, secular state, free from Israeli intervention.

      • Nigel Maund

        Agreed!

    • Justin

      one system is enough! 4 missiles means 4 Israeli aircraft knocked from the sky! Will also be a bad PR move if Israel use their F-35’sagainst this system!If Russia sends this S-300 system its check mate! Israel is being contained so he only way Russia would accept a deal is to remove all missile shields from Eastern Europe! Other wise russia will contain Israel via Iran!

      Israel will beg russia not to do this! BEG!!!

  • Jesus

    Good quality and highly reliable Pantsir, proving itself against drones, projectiles, rockets, cruise missiles, “smart bombs”, having a kill reliability of 90%.
    Second generation missiles being worked on, have twice the range of the current missiles and it will make the weapon more deadly within 10-40 kms range.

    4 battalions of S300 could be provided to ensure a strong anti air coverage over Lebanon and Euphrates River.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Plus Pantsirs as well I would hope and also integrated with Iranian air defence systems in Syria. It would be an ideal proving ground for Iran to test her weapons against Israeli aggression. :)

      • Jesus

        Yes you will need Pantsirs to defend the battalion, since S-300 uses medium and long range missiles, they will be integrated within the Syrian air defense system; I am not sure what the Iranians have in Syria, maybe Bavar 373, which is a domestic equivalent of S300; all these weapons can be tweaked and calibrated against Israeli planes, it is a matter of time when Israeli fighters over Lebanon will feel the radar lock on their planes, and make a quick u turn.

        • FlorianGeyer

          I would add a full compliment of state of the art Manpads as well to deter and shoot down US ‘Humanitarian ‘ helicopters in remote areas and drones etc.

          • Nigel Maund

            FG totally agree!

  • Alpin Thueson

    I feel the insanity in the West is being brought about by an egregore cult revolving around the thelemantic teachings of Aliester Crowley. Nutty stuff?

  • gustavo

    I did not expect less from Russia defense forces. Congratulation. I even expect that Russia aerospace forces detect the origen of this attack and destroy it totally.

  • Icarus Tanović

    ‘Couldn’t backfired, but it did.’ Period.

  • First Lastname

    (((Unknown origin)))

  • First Lastname

    How exactly does Israel plan on countering the S-x00 missiles? Oh right, they can’t.

  • Harsha

    ‘country can’t use weapons for their self-defense’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=femvDR7B2cU