military downs unidentified drones near Khmeimim Air Base in Syria –
group of unidentified drones has been shot down by Russia’s Air
Defense units near Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, the Russian MoD has
announced. No damage to the facility was reported.
objects were detected north-east from the military facility on
Saturday, the base’s authorities said. “All
aerial targets were destroyed,” they
confirmed. The military, however, stopped short of naming
exact weapon systems which were used to bring down the
is not the first time Khmeimim Air Base, located south-east of the
port of Latakia, has been targeted with unmanned aircraft this year.
In May, the Russian MoD said its units also downed a drone near the
the most large-scale assault on Khmeimim was launched in January with
at least 10 drones attacking the site. Three others targeted the
Russian maritime logistics point in the city of Tartus. The majority
of the intruders were successfully downed by the Russian
Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft weapon system. The radio electronics warfare
specialists also managed to override the operating systems of other
examining the devices and recovering the data, Russian
specialists determined that the January attack was launched from an
area near Idlib, controlled by various rebel forces.
then, the head of the UAV department of the Russian General Staff,
Major General Aleksandr Novikov, warned that terrorists
acquired advanced drone technology which raised the risks of
potential attacks all over the world. “The
research showed that the avionics equipment mounted on the drones
facilitated their fully automated preprogrammed flight and bombing,
ruling out any jamming,” Novikov
said at the time.
Russian military also noted that that detonators used in the
militants’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) carried by the
drones were “of
foreign manufacture.” It
suggested that preparing an attack with such aircraft required
special skills, which the perpetrators may have received
from a foreign party.