Russia reveals that terrorist drones captured in Syria are so advanced they could pose a threat anywhere in the world and are immune to jamming technology

Thursday, January 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

The drones could not have been made without foreign help, Russia says
They carried sophisticated software and precision-guided weaponry
The explosives they carried were ‘stuffed with ball bearings’
The Pentagon has denied any involvement in the weekend drone attacks

11 January 2018

Drones used to attack two Russian military bases in Syria were so high-tech they were designed to offset jamming technology, were capable of launching precision strikes and could not have been made without foreign assistance, the defence ministry in Moscow has said .

The ministry’s drone department head Gen Alexander Novikov said the drones used in the weekend’s raids differed from the rudimentary craft earlier used by rebels in Syria.

The attacks required satellite navigation data that are not available on the internet, complex engineering works and elaborate tests, Gen Novikov said.

‘The creation of drones of such class is impossible in makeshift conditions,’ Novikov said. ‘Their development and use requires the involvement of experts with special training in the countries that manufacture and use drones.’

The ministry said Saturday’s raid on the Hemeimeem air base in the province of Lattakia and Russia’s naval facility in the port of Tartus involved 13 drones. It said seven were downed by air defense systems and the remaining six were forced to land by Russian electronic warfare units.

Of those six, three exploded when they hit the ground and three more were captured intact, the ministry said.

The ministry presented two crude-looking drones at a briefing, arguing they featured state-of-the art electronics.

‘The assembly and usage of unmanned aerial vehicles is a difficult engineering task that demands ‘special training, know-how in various scientific areas and practical experience in creating these devices,’ Novikov said.

He added that the drones required special software and were especially designed so that they could efficiently operate by monitoring altitude, flight and wind speed.

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