Russian Air Defense Units Fend off More Drone Attacks by Terrorists on Bases in Western Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian anti-aircraft defense systems warded off the terrorist groups’ heavy drone attacks on its bases in Lattakia and Tartus, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.
The militants launched their assault during the night on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the Russia-run Humeimim Airbase in the Syrian Lattakia province was attacked by 10 unmanned combat aerial vehicles, while three more attempted a strike against the Russian maritime logistics base in the port city of Tartus.
The extremists may have been aided by a “technologically advanced state,” it added.
All of the drones were detected by anti-aircraft defense systems “at a considerable distance from the Russian military objects,” the ministry said. Seven of them were then successfully shot down by the Russian Panzir-S air-defense system.
The Russian radio electronic warfare specialists also managed to override the operating systems of six more drones, and eventually gained control over the UAVs. Three of them were destroyed when they hit the ground, while another three were landed intact outside the base controlled by Russian forces.
The ministry also confirmed that the attack had resulted in no casualties among Russian military personnel, and the two bases “continue to operate as normal.”
It was the “first time that terrorists massively used unmanned combat aerial vehicles of an aircraft type that were launched from a distance of more than 50 kilometers, and operated using GPS satellite navigation coordinates,” the ministry said in a statement.
The country’s specialists are now examining the seized unmanned aircraft and the recovered data has already allowed the specialists to pinpoint the exact location from which the drones were launched. The examination also showed that advanced technologies were used in the drones’ construction. They “could have been obtained only from a country possessing state-of-the-art technologies, including satellite navigation and remote control of … explosive devices (for) release at certain coordinates.”
It further added that detonators used in the militants’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were “of foreign manufacture.” These facts indicate that the extremists were supplied with technologies allowing them to carry out terrorist attacks using UAVs in any country, the ministry warned.
The Arabic-language website of the RT quoted Russkaya Fisna website as reporting on Sunday that Ahrar al-Sham terrorists, for the second day in the current month, carried out a drone attack on a center of the Syrian army troops that was under the supervision of the Russian military men.
The Russian forces were training the Syrian soldiers how to demine lands, the RT said, adding that the Russian soldiers were the main target of the terrorists’ drone attack.
The soldiers around the center tracked and targeted the drone.
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