US spying drone spotted near Russian base


A US reconnaissance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) has been spotted while flying near the Russia-run Humeimim airbase in the coastal province of Lattakia after Moscow supplies Syria with the S-300 air defense system, a Russian media outlet reported on Sunday.

The Arabic-language website of Russia’s state news agency, Sputnik, reported that Western sites that are monitoring flights across the glob have detected an American RC-135 V reconnaissance aircraft flying almost 14 hours along Syria’s coast 60 km away from the Russia-run Humeimim base.

It further said that the US drone, carrying ID number 14848-64, took off from Sodabi Base in Crete Island in Eastern Mediterranean.

The RC-135 V aircraft is one of the most important electronic devices of the US air force used for countering planes and air defense system, including anti-aircraft missile systems.

The report underlined that the US spying drones’ presence near the Russia-run base testifies Pentagon’s concerns about delivery of Russia’s S300 system to Damascus.

A media outlet reported on Tuesday that several huge Russian cargo planes arrived in the Russia-run Humeimim airbase in Western Syria after Moscow announced in late September that it would equip Syria with S300 air defense system.

The Arabic-language website of Russia’s state-run news agency, RT, quoted western websites that monitor military movements across the globe as reporting that several Antonov 124 cargo planes have been landing in Humeimim airbase since Thursday.

It further said that the flights to Humeimim in Western Lattakia came immediately after Russia’s decision to deliver S300 Missile System to Syria’s air defense units.

The Arabic RT went on to say that an Antonov-124 cargo plane with RA-82035 serial number landed in Humeimim military airport last night that was the sixth of this kind since Thursday.

In the meantime, a large cargo vessel named Sparta-3 arrived in Russia-run Tartus naval base in Western Syria, adding that another large cargo vessel named Nicolay Vlichenkov of the Russian navy in the Black Sea has approached to the region.

A Russian language paper reported last month that the Russian Defense Ministry started dispatching advances electronic military instruments to Syria to reinvigorate its defense-combat capabilities after its Il-20 planes was downed in Syria’s airspace in late September.

Izvestia reported that the first set of Russia’s advanced electronic military instruments were sent to a Russia-run base in Syria on a Il-76 plane.

It further said that the dispatched electronic military instruments were capable of sabotaging radars, communication devices and navigating boards of intruding aircraft on Syria.

The paper went on to say that the Russian electronic instruments can also sabotage satellite navigating systems, including those that are deployed to regions around the Mediterranean Sea.

In the meantime, another Russian paper, Kommerisant, quoted a well-informed source as reporting that Moscow will send four S300 Air Defense Missile Systems to Syria in the next two weeks, adding that the number of systems can also rise to 6 or 8 if needed.

During a briefing, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow will deliver the S-300 air defense systems to Syria within two weeks as an adequate response to Israel’s role in the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane last week.


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