Russian, Turkish top diplomats hold telephone call, source in Ankara says


The Russian military repelled the attack that was reported to involve 13 drones.

The Defence Ministry said the drones were launched from al-Mouazzara in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, over 50 kilometres (more than 30 miles) away from the Russian bases.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used in the attacks on Russia's facilities in Syria bear a resemblance to certain types of equipment used by the USA military, according to Erdoğan Karakuş, a military analyst and retired Lt. Gen. of the Turkish Air Force.

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The two presidents focused on developments in Syria, including a drone attack against Russia's military base. "Three of them were landed on the controlled area outside the base, and another three UAVs exploded as they touched the ground", it added. Neither base suffered any casualties.

Image credit: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/FacebookExamining the captured UAVs, the Russian military discovered that they were crudely assembled. They were all directed towards the Hmeimim airbase, Russia's military operations headquarters in Latakia province, and carried an explosive payload and a GPS navigation system.

A recent Daily Beast investigation even found similar drones for sale on a social media arms market.

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The two diplomats had a telephone conversation that focused on options of political settlement in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website. That's something Russian Federation and other governments are becoming very aware of.

"The creation of drones of such class is impossible in makeshift conditions", Novikov said.

"With the development of technology and the increasing availability of resources, the number of such drones [used by terrorists] can grow".

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Whether you like it or think it's downright terrifying, the era of swarm drones is upon us.