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Moscow Says ‘Terrorists’ Received ‘Outside Help’ in Hmeimin Drone Attack

Moscow Says ‘Terrorists’ Received ‘Outside Help’ in Hmeimin Drone Attack

Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 - 05:45
Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Igor Konashenkov. (Reuters)

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that drones used in a recent attack on the Hmeimim Air Base in Syria were built with outside help.

“This is very serious,” spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov said, while showing drones downed by the Russian air defense system in the Hmeimim Air Base on September 3.

He said the manufacturers of these drones used complex technologies and expertise that were beyond the capabilities of the “terrorists”.

He revealed that the flight range of one of these devices is 150 kilometers, while it can fly up to four kilometers.

Revealing the sophisticated engineering, he said that one drone had a navigation system, three antennas and special consoles used for to attach ammunition and that another drone had a gasoline propulsion system, essentially an ordinary gas tank with five liters of gasoline inside.

“The ammunition release mechanism was much more interesting: when approaching the designated point, it was simply pushed and dropped from a height of one and a half to two kilometers,” Konashenkov said.

In 2019, the Russian air defenses in Syria have reportedly destroyed 30 rockets and 13 drones launched from the Idlib province, which is controlled by extremist and opposition factions.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Russian Armed Forces’ Military Police in Syria Colonel Alexander Bezklubov told reporters this week that Russian military police units deployed to the ceasefire line on the Golan Heights have secured stability and peace in Syria’s Quneitra province.

He said that since the Russian military drove militants out of the area a year ago, local residents have been renovating their destroyed homes and building new houses.

Bezklubov added that officers deployed to the Russian observation points were monitoring ceasefire violations and Israel’s airstrikes on Syrian targets.

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