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Turkish-Backed Militants Shoot Down Russian Drone Over Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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On July 9, the Turkish-backed National Syrian Army (NSA) released several photos showing the wreckage of a Russian Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was supposedly shot down over the northern Aleppo countryside.

The NSA’s 3rd Corps claimed that its “air-defense units” shoot down the UAV while it was carrying out a reconnaissance sortie over the town of Maraanaz.

Turkish-Backed Militants Shoot Down Russian Drone Over Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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Turkish-Backed Militants Shoot Down Russian Drone Over Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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Turkish-Backed Militants Shoot Down Russian Drone Over Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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Turkish-Backed Militants Shoot Down Russian Drone Over Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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Turkish-Backed Militants Shoot Down Russian Drone Over Northern Aleppo (Photos)

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The Orlan-10 has a flight duration of up to 16 hours and an operational range of 140km. The UAV can be equipped with different types of sensors to carry out several missions, including reconnaissance, 3D-mapping, electronic warfare and communication relay.

The UAV shot down over Maraanaz was apparently equipped with the Z-16ВКHD or Z-16IK35 electro-optical system manufactured by Russia’s Zala Aero Group.

Turkish-Backed Militants Shoot Down Russian Drone Over Northern Aleppo (Photos)

From left to right Z-16ВКHD and Z-16IK35. Source: zala.aero

Last month, the al-Qaeda-affiliated “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room shot down a UAV of the same type over the northern Hama countryside.

It remains unclear if the NSA indeed shot down the UAV, or if it had crashed due to a technical failure. Such a move by Turkish-backed militants could increase the tension around the Turkish-occupied regions in northern Syria.

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  • Xoli Xoli

    Putin will will call off Retaliation out of fear of 150 000 terrorist death over idlip which he assembled for best friend Erdogan.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Terrorists friendly fire on on on Russian drone.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    Actually, the Turkeys are supplying their headchoppers with NATO weaponry while abusing Syrian refugees.
    Syrians in Turkey’s largest city fear tensions are on the rise as the economy stumbles and rising unemployment fuels anger against their presence, as many Turks see them as cheap
    labour taking over jobs and using services. The Turk savages are pushing Syrian girls into prostitution.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      i fucking hate these turks

      • Zionism = EVIL

        The most disgusting savages you can come across. Totally treacherous. No wonder they are the Zionists puppets.

  • Toronto Tonto

    Looks a lot like the bigger junk does it not .

    • Daniel Miller

      your english is getting worse kike

  • Toronto Tonto

    Hey whats up with the big fire outside Moscow . look out your window and check .eh

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Stick to Yiddish you moron, your English sucks more than Linda Lovelace ever did :)

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    GREAT TURKISH FRIENDS U GOT THERE RUSSIA!!!