Russia Is Ready to Shoot Down Any US Plane Coordinating Drone Attacks on Its Syria Forces — Russian Lawmaker
Russia Is Ready to Shoot Down Any US Plane Coordinating Drone Attacks on Its Syria Forces — Russian Lawmaker by South Front – Russia-Insider
Last week the Russian Ministry of Defense accused the US of attacking its Syria base with a drone swarm guided from a US Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft over Eastern Med.
Russia is prepared to shoot down any US plane coordinating UAV attacks on its Hmeimim Air Base near Latakia, Syria, according to Vladimir Shamanov, head of the lower parliamentary house’s defense committee, former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Troops.
“In case of another U.S. drone attack on Russian Military Base in Syria, Russia is ready to shoot-down that plane,” Shamanov said.
Shamanov’s remarks followed an announcement by the Russian Defense Ministry that a US Posiedon-8 reconnaissance plan coordinated a drone strike attack on the airbase.
According to reports the airbase has further come under waves of attacks by small armed drones, which appear to be increasingly sophisticated.
On October 25th, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said that a US reconnaissance aircraft had coordinated the attack on the Russian airbase in January 2018.
“Thirteen drones moved according to common combat battle deployment, operated by a single crew. During all this time the American Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane patrolled the Mediterranean Sea area for eight hours,” the deputy defense minister said.
The official also said that the U.S. had supplied Syrian militants with equipment that allowed them to access radio frequencies operated by Russian aviation.
“Only a technologically advanced country has access to such tools; they cannot be made in the Syrian desert,” Fomin added.
At the time of the attack it was blamed on radical Islamists by the Russian Ministry of Defense. The January 8thattack included 13 drones in total, 10 of which approached the airbase, while 3 attempted an attack on the naval facility in Tartus.
On October 28th, Russian President Vladimir Putin also addressed the increase in drone activity, especially in the last two months when Russian forces reportedly downed 50. He spoke to reporters following the 4-way summit on Syria between France, Germany, Turkey and Russia.