Russia’s superior air defense systems have successfully repelled multiple drone attacks launched by US-backed militants on its naval and air bases in Syria.

According to the Russian military command, 10 US combat drones raided the Hmeimim Airbase in Syria’s western coastal province of Latakia this weekend, while 3 other combat drones attempted a strike against the Russian maritime logistics base located in the western city of Tartus, Syria’s second largest port city.

A general view shows Russian fighter jets on the tarmac at the Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria, on February 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)


All of the drones were spotted by anti-aircraft defense systems “at a considerable distance from the Russian military objects”. Seven of these Israeli-made drones were successfully shot down by the Russian Pantsir-S air-defense system.

Russian radio electronic warfare specialists also managed to override the operating systems of six more UAVs, and ultimately wrested control over them. It added that three of these drones were destroyed as they hit the ground, while the remaining three were landed intact in the vicinity of the Russian-run base.

Russia has been conducting air raids against NATO-backed terrorist outfits in Syria at the Damascus government’s request since September 2015.

Moscow has also maintained a naval group in the Mediterranean since the start of its anti-terror campaign in the war-ravaged Arab country.

ABC / 2017.


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