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US Spy Plane Circled Nearby Russian Bases During Massive Drone Attack

While the Russian military in Syria thwarted a massive drone attack at the Khmeimim air base and Russian Naval CSS point in the city of Tartus on January 06, intercepting some 13 heavily armed UAVs launched by terrorists.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has released new information about the US Navy’s Boeing P-8 Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft on patrol between the Khmeimim airbase and Tartus naval base in Syria during the time of the attack.

This forces us to take a fresh look at the strange coincidence that, during the attack of UAV terrorists on Russian military facilities in Syria, the Navy reconnaissance aircraft Poseidon was on patrol over the Mediterranean Sea for more than 4 hours at an altitude of 7 thousand meters, between Tartus and Hmeimim.  

The Russian Ministry of Defense released a statement on Monday about the January 06 attack on the Russian airbase and port facility, which said, this is the “first time that terrorists massively used unmanned combat aerial vehicles of an aircraft type that were launched from a distance of more than 50 kilometers, and operated using GPS satellite navigation coordinates.”

Further, the statement said the drones used advanced GPS systems, which may have been supplied by “countries with high-technological capabilities of satellite navigation and remote dropping control of professionally assembled improvised explosive devices.”

The statement said the drones “carried explosive devices with foreign detonating fuses,” adding that the “usage of strike aircraft-type drones by terrorists is the evidence that militants have received technologies to carry out terrorist attacks.”

RT notes the US Navy Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft, a high-tech spy plane with electronic warfare components, was in the region for sometime during the drone attack.

The ministry noted that a US Navy Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft was flying over the region between the Russian bases in Latakia and Tartus for some four hours around the time of the drone attack. An earlier Pentagon statement allowed the Russian military to “take a new look at some strange coincidences” surrounding the incident, it said.

 

The Saturday attack targeted both Khmeimim Airbase and the maritime logistics facility in the city of Tartus, and involved as many as 13 combat drones. The assault was successfully repelled by the Russian anti-aircraft defense systems and electronic warfare specialists.

 

It was the first time terrorists had used such sophisticated technology in the conflict, the ministry said, adding that the technical assessment showed that the drone could have been obtained “only from a country possessing state-of-the-art technologies.”

Further, RT says the Pentagon said that drone components in the region can easily be purchased on the “open market.”

Russia warned the US military supplies intended for “moderate” forces in Syria occasionally end up in terrorist hands.

The US said it was “concerned” over the incident. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankin-Galloway, however, claimed that “those devices and technologies can easily be obtained in the open market.” He later also told Sputnik that the US already saw what it called “this type of commercial UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] technology” being used in Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) missions.

 

Russia has repeatedly warned that US military supplies aimed at supporting “moderate” Syrian militants eventually end up in the hands of terrorists.

Putting this all together, one finds it very strange that a high-tech US spy plane was patrolling the skies nearby the Russian bases during the time of the massive drone attack. And lastly, the most logical question we ask: Who gave the terrorist high-tech drone components?