Terrorism & Insurgency

Evolution of insurgent GPS-guided long-range UAV attacks threatens critical infrastructure and civilian gatherings in Iraq and Syria

09 January 2018


A total of 13 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), operated by unidentified militants, were reportedly brought down over Syria by Russian anti-aircraft missiles and electronic counter-measures on the night of 5/6 January.

The UAVs were being used to conduct improvised explosive device (IED) attacks targeting Russia’s Humaymim airbase in Latakia province and its naval base in Tartous. No casualties or damage were reported.

A statement by the Russian ministry of defence claimed that the UAVs had a GPS-based guidance system and were launched at a range of at least 50 km, and had a likely maximum range of 100 km.

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