A US Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was spotted cruising between Tartous and Humeymimon the Syrian coast during a drone attack on Russian military facilities in Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense revealed.
“It is a strange coincidence that during a UAV attack on the Russian military facilities in Syria, as US Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was cruising for more than four hours over the Mediterranean Sea at an altitude of 7,000 meters on Tuesday, the Russian TASS news agency quoted a MoD source as saying.
Besides, the Russian Defense Ministry has voiced concern over the statements made by a Pentagon spokesman, in which he said that the technologies used in the attack against the Russian military facilities were easily available on the open market.
“The questions are: What kind of technologies they meant, where that ‘open market’ is and which special service sells space surveillance data,” the Russian Defense Ministry’s source said.
The Ministry’s statement concerning the handover of technologies needed to carry out a UAV attack on Russian military facilities in Syria had not mentioned either any particular country nor provided details of those technologies,” he added.
“Although the programming of systems to control unmanned aerial vehicles and drop GPS-guided munitions requires completing engineering studies in a developed country. Besides, not everyone is capable of calculating exact coordinates using space surveillance data. We would like to stress once again that terrorists did not have anything of that kind until recently,” the source concluded.
The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier that on January 6, the Russian military facilities in Hmeymim and Tartus were attacked by unmanned aerial vehicles controlled by terrorists. The Russian military either destroyed or took control of the UAVs used in the attack.
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.
The ministry also confirmed that the attack had resulted in no casualties among Russian military personnel, and the two bases “continue to operate as normal.”
The attack roused questions and skepticism about who might have been supplying the terrorists with such a sophisticated technologies. “The extremists seems to have got these technologies from an advanced country,” some military sources doubted.