Terrorists in Syria are using drones that were built with outside help, spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov said. No particular party was accused of assisting the terrorists.
According to him, the flight range of one of such devices is 150 kilometers, the flight height can reach four kilometers.
“This is very serious,” he said, while presenting the drones downed on September 3rd by the Russian Air Defense system in the Hmeimim Air Base.
As the general noted, the creators of these drones, despite the outward appearance of the “products,” used complex technical solutions that required special education.
Among the examples of sophisticated engineering he said that one drone had a navigation system, three antennas and special consoles used for to attach ammunition. Another drone had a gasoline propulsion system, essentially an ordinary gas tank with five liters of gasoline inside of it.
“The ammunition release mechanism was much more interesting: when approaching the designated point, it was simply pushed and dropped from a height of one and a half to two kilometers,” Konashenkov noted.
He furthermore underlined that somehow the terrorists were getting improved technical solutions.
“We understand the [drones are] assembled according to some sort of schemes and patterns. Someone who wields that technology is helping terrorist groups,” Konashenkov said.
Russian air defenses along Hmeimim and the nearby port of Tartus have reportedly destroyed 30 rockets and 13 drones launched from Idlib so far in 2019.
Most recently, on September 3rd the Russian Defense Ministry reported on the destruction of 2 drones, approaching the airbase.
The drones were destroyed by anti-aircraft missile systems of the Russian Federation. The attack was made at approximately 21:20 Moscow time. The militants’ drones were neutralized at a safe distance from the air base.
On August 11th, 6 drones were announced as being detected and destroyed by the Russian air defense system.
Prior to that, militants regularly attempt to attack the Syrian military and the Russian air base, violating the ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
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