According to a field report from Deir Ezzor, soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army protecting this city in eastern Syria managed to shoot down 3 drones of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) that were flying over Tal Sannouf hill.

This is definitely not the first time that SAA shoots down enemy’s drones. However, what draws attention in this particular case is that these 3 drones shot down on Saturday were loaded with improvised bombs. Pictures below show the remnants of one of the drones:

As it can be seen on the photos, improvised bombs attached to the drones were made of grenades for an anti-tank grenade launcher (most likely Soviet RPG-7).

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According to the reports coming from Deir Ezzor city, ISIS uses such armed drones more and more often desperately looking for any possibilities to penetrate SAA’s defensive positions.

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  1. Technically without tactical interest : could ONLY be interesting if the drone was able to drop this payload from enough altitude to not be downed easily even by a riffle or machine gun and it should be able to strike with accuracy. You’d need at least the Spike missile in its cheapest gliding bomb version to perform such task and you’d need both a dropping and target acquisition system onboard. Nowhere near to happen with a cheap civilian drone. This is also not the new ‘suicide drone’ French SOFs have which was especially designed for such purpose. For now, the only results takfiris had with such things was lightly wounding some militaries in one strike and having killed 2-3 Peshmergas while examining the wreckage of such drone while the task should have been given to mine-clearence team. Very poor results. Moreover, some drone-frequencies jammers should be distributed. Some nuclear plants have now even purchased killer-drones with a net or are training eagles and falcons to down such civilian drones as they had enough about idiots sending their toys over their facilities while it is forbidden to cross the airspace over and using missiles would be really too expensive.