Russia plans to intensify the security of the Khmeimim and Tartus bases in Syria, Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov announced on Saturday.
“Today we have prospective designs which may work effectively against drones. It is necessary to take into account the fact that it is not only developed countries, but terrorists too, who are making use of modern technologies,” he remarked.
In January, militants attacked the Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria using drones. The Russian military successfully repelled the attack. Some of the drones were shot down during their approach, others were intercepted and landed. The Russian government drew attention to the fact that someone must have helped the terrorists, because the militants lack the necessary skills to independently program drones, and do not have their own satellite information.
At the end of last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to Khmeimim, where he announced that most of the Russian armed group would be withdrawn from Syria. He noted that the Russian Aerospace Forces had completed all the tasks assigned to them in the fight against terrorism.