Russia: Drones used to attack Khmeimim base not homemade

The drones used to attack Khmeimim Air Base on January 6 could not have been ''manufactured in amateur conditions'' said Alexander Novikov, head of the Russian General Staff's Office for the Development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at a briefing on Thursday. The statement comes following an unsuccessful attack using UAVs carrying improvised explosive devices on the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria... Еще. Alexander Novikov stated that «assembling and using» such drones requires «special training, knowledge in various high-tech areas and practical experience in creating such devices.» «The creation of such drones is impossible in primitive conditions,» he emphasised. Novikov went on to say that the «necessary counter measures» to these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being developed. According to a preliminary analysis, Pentaerythritol tetranitrate was used as the basis for the explosive ammunition carried by drones. «This explosive is produced by a number of countries, including Shostka Plant of Reagent Chemicals in Ukraine,» said Novikov. Igor Konashenkov, Chief Spokesman for Russia's Defence Ministry, warned that «similar deadly drones could be used by terrorists in other countries,» adding that in order «to neutralise such threats, serious attention and organisation of interaction of all parties at an international level is required.»

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