Russia sent its latest attack drone Altius to fight in Syria

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Russian Federation has most likely deployed its latest development in attacking drones at the airport in Kmeimim airbase, Syria. It’s about the Sokol Altius medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle.

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The American edition The Drive first published the expanded airport’s latest satellite images at the Russian airbase. Initially, the authors of the article suggested that it was a twin-engine light aircraft, Diamond DA42. A Russian source from the Ministry of Defense revealed that this is the drone Sokol Altius.

The Sokol Altius attack drone has a wide range of weapons with a wide range of action. Sokol Altius armament includes air-to-surface missiles and high-precision bombs, military analysts say. Two turboprop engines power the drone. It is designed with a narrow fuselage and dimensions capable of confusing a drone with a small aircraft.

A source in the Russian news agency Aviapro said this was not the first time Sokol Altius had landed in Syria. Our source in the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation confirmed that flights of this type of drone are planned in the Russian Air Force’s annual plan. They should be carried out in early summer.

Russia carried out a series of airstrikes in late February

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on February 24, a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber has launched a series of airstrikes on jihadist positions in Idlib.

According to Russian sources, the attack took place in Al-Bara, Idlib, and Russian planes subjected the headquarters of a Turkish-backed jihadist group to heavy strikes. There is currently no information on the damage and casualties.

Russian sources then distributed a photo that it claims was taken shortly after the Russian Su-34s flew over. The information from the field sources differs – some argue that the strike was inflicted by a pair of fighters (probably MiG-29 or Su-30 – ed.), others that the strike was inflicted by only one Su-34 fighter.

A source at BulgarianMilitary.com in the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that Russian intelligence has information for intensified military training of jihadist units in the Al-Bara area in recent weeks. Russian airstrikes may be considered a preventive measure against a future escalation of tensions in the region.

War in Syria

In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.

In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would use power.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January, a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.

Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind several Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.

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