On December 27, the Reverse Side of the Medal Telegram channel released photos of an improvised suicide drone that was recently downed near the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
According to the Telegram channel, the drone, which was likely launched by Greater Idlib militants, was downed using electronic warfare means.
Drones with a similar design were used against the Syrian Arab Army and its allies over the past two years. The drone appears to be made with off-the-shelf electronics and is armed with the warhead of a C-5 air-to-ground rocket, which was designed in the Soviet Union.
Larger drones made with the same technology were used in attacks on Russia’s Hmeimim Air Base and Tartus Naval Base on the Syrian coast.
Al-Qaeda’s Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which roles over Greater Idlib, is reportedly manufacturing and operating these improvised drones.
ISIS, which had more experience and resources than HTS, failed to manufacture suicide drones on a mass scale. This suggests that HTS received technical support from a third party.
Despite their intensive use over the last two years, these improvised drones saw very little success. Russian and Syrian air-defense and electronic warfare means have effectively neutralized the threat of these drones.
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