BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) – The Russian military shot down several jihadist attack drones over the Hmaymim Airport on January 6th, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported this afternoon.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the jihadist rebels attempted to attack the Hmaymim Airport using drones; however, they were able to shoot down at least 13 of these unmanned planes.
All of the drones were detected by anti-aircraft defense systems “at a considerable distance from the Russian military objects,” the ministry said. Seven of them were then successfully shot down by the Russian Panzir-S air-defense system.
The Russian radio electronic warfare specialists also managed to override the operating systems of six more drones, and eventually gained control over the UAVs. Three of them were destroyed when they hit the ground, while another three were landed intact outside the base controlled by Russian forces.
No casualties were reported as a result of this attack.
The Russian Ministry of Defense released photos of one of the drones that was shot down over the Hmaymim Military Airport this afternoon –