BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – Russia’s Ministry of Defence showed journalists from around the world on Thursday the improvised drones used by Syrian militant forces in a failed attack on the Hmeymim Airbase.
“All these devices attempted to attack the airbase and they were launched from the northwest, from the Idlib area,” Chief Spokesman for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation Igor Konashenkov said.
According to officials, there were five attacks on the base in recent days, all of which were repelled by Russian anti-air defence systems.
“These flying machines can fly over 100 kilometers, some of them – even up to 200 [kilometers]. We can see that the control and navigation systems are getting more refined. Some machines can remain airborne for up to four hours. Their speed is around 50 km/h,” Konashenkov said.
The press visit to the base was part of a wider tour though Syria organised by the Russian military for international journalists.
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