Middle East Threat of terrorist drone attacks is real, says Russian military after assault on base in Syria

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  1. ponasozis

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    Terrorists have acquired advanced drone technologies and are now capable of launching attacks all over the world, the Russian Defense Ministry has warned, following an assault on Russian bases in Syria.
    The threat of terrorists using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for attacks is not an unlikely scenario, as they attempted to use them to launch a strike in Syria against Russia’s Khmeimim Airbase and a port site in Tartus, the head of the UAV department of the Russian General Staff, Major General Aleksandr Novikov, said


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    The military official again drew attention to the fact that precise target coordinates as well as fine adjustments to flight configurations were needed for such tactics to be effective. He also pointed out that the coordinates used by the drones in the Syrian attack were much more precise than those that could be obtained from open access resources such as the internet.

    Terrorists had new, advanced types of drones just days after they became available on the open market. In 2016, the extremists started using UAVs of foreign manufacture for air reconnaissance and air strikes instead of the home-made drones.
    Components used in the drones that attacked the Russian bases could indeed be purchased separately on the open market. However, assembling such a drone requires “a large amount of time and specific expertise,” including special training, scientific knowledge and practical experience of building similar devices, Novikov said, adding that the drones had likely undergone flight trials.
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    Specialists “from the countries that produce and actively use” various UAVs were involved in the development and construction of the drones used by the terrorists in the attack on the Russian bases, the major general said, citing the results of the technical assessment. He added that the drones carried bombs with industrially-manufactured explosives which could not have been made locally or taken from other munitions.

    The Pentagon said it is “concerned” about weapons falling into terrorists’ hands after Moscow said the drones used in the attacks on Russian bases in Syria could have only been supplied by a “technologically advanced state.”
    While Moscow did not mention who the “technologically advanced state” may be, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankin-Galloway appeared to pre-emptively deflect any potential criticism, arguing that“those devices and technologies can easily be obtained in the open market.”

    “We have seen this type of commercial UAV technology used to carry out missions by ISIS," he told Sputnik, adding, that the militarization of such devices by the terrorists “is cause for concern.”

    Russia has repeatedly warned that US military supplies aimed at propping-up the so-called “moderate” rebels in Syria eventually end up in the hands of terrorists.

    Russian military sites in Syria were targeted by two major attacks in the past two weeks, one on New Year’s Eve and another on January 6. The first assault, which reportedly involved an infiltration squad with mortars, resulted in two Russian service members being killed and reported damage to warplanes at Khmeimim Airbase. The second attack was far less efficient, thanks to the electronic warfare and anti-aircraft defenses of the two sites.
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    Read more: https://www.rt.com/news/415591-threat-of-terrorist-drone-attacks/
    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...in-syria-seems-to-be-under-regular-attack-now
    Personal comment: P-8 Poseidon spy plane patroling the area at the moment of attack is just a coincidence
     
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  2. Feanor

    Feanor Member Liaison Officer Global Moderator Diplulzer

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    And yet the UAV attack did literally no damage. 6 of the UAVs were brought down by EW systems, the other 7 shot down. Also a US P-8 was watching the whole thing from the Mediterranean.
     
  3. voodoo_chile

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    So? If a NATO base was the target everyone would lose their shit, but since it was Russian, and not even one casualty who gives a fuck right?
     
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    Feanor Member Liaison Officer Global Moderator Diplulzer

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    Well the perpetrators were Syrian rebels. They're a non-state actor. So if NATO had a mission in Syria with a base, and Al-Nusra, or some other radical group targeted it, it wouldn't be all that significant. NATO bases in Afghanistan get hit pretty regularly. Actually so far Russia has had it fairly easy compared to NATO bases in Afghanistan.
     
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    Well I just can't come to terms why you would downplay the situation just because there were no casualties, the fact still stands that terrorists have access to UAVs now, and comparing NATO missions (crimes) with the Russians acting in Syria after a requests from the states government is just ridiculous
     
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    Terrorists have had access to UAVs for some time. Look up the stadium bombing in Deyr ez Zor. While this is a next step in terms of sophistication, it's not that new or that unexpected. Also some of these terrorist groups have aid from state actors that makes this even easier. The real question is whether Russian accusations that someone outside of Syria made this possible are true. If so, then we have a problem.
     
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