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Russian military drone was shot down over Raqqa province, Syria

DAMASCUS, (BM) – A few hours ago, terrorists from the Syrian National Army group destroyed a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle, the Orlan-10, which monitored the terrain for ceasefire conditions in the area of ​​the village of Suluk (Raqqa province), learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Russian news agency Aviapro.

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The drone was shot down from an automatic weapon. Taking into account the fact that the drone was shot down from automatic weapons, experts believe that the drone was flying at a low altitude, however, the Syrian National Army group did not provide any details on this subject.

Given the opening of fire on a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle, militants emphasized their willingness to abandon existing agreements to introduce a ceasefire.

Representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation have not yet commented on the loss of their unmanned aerial vehicle, however, experts believe that in response to violations of the agreements, Russia can take appropriate measures, demonstrating what the violations of the ceasefire will lead to.

The Orlan-10 is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by the Special Technology Center (STC) in Saint Petersburg for the Russian Armed Forces.

The price of one drone is reportedly between US$87,000 and US$120,000. The drone is usually used in a group of two or three, where the first one is used for reconnaissance in a height of 1–1.5 km, the second one for electronic warfare and the third one as a transponder that transmits intelligence information to the control center.

One system can include up to 5 vehicles. More than 1000 Orlan-10’s have been produced, with 11 different variations.

The Orlan-10 features a composite hull that reduces its radar signature. It has seen action in Ukraine, Syria and Libya. According to media reports, an updated variant of Orlan-10 tactical UAV is to enter service with the Russia’s ground forces in 2020.

The updated variant is expected to have a laser designator to allow it to pinpoint targets for precision-guided artillery and aircraft munitions.

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