The drones that attacked Russia’s Hmeymim airbase in Syria were operated from the US Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin said at a plenary session of the Beijing Xiangshan Forum on security on Thursday.

“Thirteen drones moved according to common combat battle deployment, operated by a single crew. During all this time the American Poseidon-8 reconnaissance plane patrolled the Mediterranean Sea area for eight hours,” he noted.

When the drones met with the electronic countermeasures of the Russian systems, they switched to a manual guidance mode, he said. “Manual guidance is carried out not by some villagers, but by the Poseidon-8, which has modern equipment. It undertook manual control,” the deputy defense minister noted.

“When these 13 drones faced our electronic warfare screen, they moved away to some distance, received the corresponding orders and began to be operated out of space and receiving help in finding the so-called holes through which they started penetrating. Then they were destroyed,” Fomin reported.

“This should be stopped as well: in order to avoid fighting with the high-technology weapons of terrorists and highly-equipped terrorists it is necessary to stop supplying them with equipment,” the deputy defense minister concluded.

The Russian Defense Ministry earlier said that on January 6 militants in Syria first massively used drones in the attack on the Russian Hmeymim airbase and the Russian naval base in Tartus.

The attack was successfully repelled: seven drones were downed, and control over six drones was gained through electronic warfare systems. The Russian Defense Ministry stressed that the solutions used by the militants could be received only from a technologically advanced country and warned about the danger of repeating such attacks in any country of the world.

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Source: TASS

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2019-09-20 21:24

Russia seems to take these things in stride, but eventually there will be repercussions. They undoubtedly knew this all along, as they stated before that these drones were built using western tech. Why they are now making this known is not known, maybe this is a public warning. We will probably not know the retaliation taken until after the fact. I think the Russians are tiring of the US provocations and are signaling their displeasure. DC would be wise to take note, but they aren’t really noted for their wise decisions.

2019-09-20 16:46

Its a war act. Russia should be arranged accordingly.

Marg bar jomhuri Eslami
Marg bar jomhuri Eslami
2019-09-20 23:07
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It’s serious BS to sell Russian anti-drone systems to the Chinese! The P-8 Poseidon is a MARITIME PATROL/ANTI-SUBMARINE asset, not a “reconnaissance plane”. And even if it was, US don’t equip their recon-aircraft with command-posts for drones for the good reason that, unlike Chinese or Russian or Iranian drones, US ones (except the small tactical ones you carry in 1 or few backpacks) all have 2 ways satellite-link, so the command-post can be anywhere (usually on Ramstein AFB or in Arizona). BTW, have you looked at what these drones looked like? Moreover, both US and Russia have the same goals… Read more »

2019-09-21 07:33

“US and Russia have the same goals in Syria” — That’s too funny to laugh at, and you expect anybody to believe any of your other BS?

2019-09-21 14:48

It’s the first time that Russians put the direct responsability of the U.S. and their alliance with the terrorists clearly.
Joint with the pressure of Iran in these times, that means a lot!
Now I’m hopefull!