Unusual footage: Russian drone films American drone over Syria

Interesting footage released by the Russian MoD.

According to the Russian MoD, during the last few days the US-led coalition in Syria has deployed three times more drones than before with up to 50 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles often up in the air at the same time.

The Russians claim that the coalition UAVs are conducting reconnaissance missions over oil fields along the Syrian-Turkish border which the terrorists allegedly use to smuggle oil into Turkey.

“You realize that with the scale of video monitoring being done, our colleagues could share information about what is going on along the Syrian-Turkish border and how much oil the terrorists are selling and where,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said during a press conference in Moscow.

Whilst the U.S. said they “cannot see oil trucks crossing the border,” rejecting Russia’s evidence of Turkey’s involvement in oil deals with Daesh provided in the aftermath of the controversial shoot-down of a Su-24 Fencer by a Turkish F-16, the Russians claim that all the American drones from Incirlik airbase should have seen the tanker trucks moving across the Turkish border.

Anyway, as some many UAVs share the same skies close encounters between drones and videos like the one below should become more frequent.

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17 Comments

    • Speak for yourself.

      http://www.scramble.nl/orbats/syria/airforce

      http://www.scramble.nl/orbats/syria/overview

      “The MiG-29M/M2 order will probably mark the end of older MiG-29 in SyAAF service, at least for the oldest variants. Only 699th Fighter sq operates these 12 MiG-29M/M2s, but with the current fleet of around 48 MiG-29s due to be upgraded to M2 standard, the SyAAF will received an enormous boost in capabilities. The upgrades of the older versions will likely take place in Russia.”

      http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/syria/airforce-orbat.htm

      http://csis.org/publication/syrias-uncertain-air-defense-capabilities

      “Syrian holdings of air defense fighters included 85 aircraft with aging avionics and which are very vulnerable to both IAF and U.S. fighters, air-to-air missiles, and air combat systems like the AWACs. These include: 50 obsolescent MiG-23MF/ML/UM Flogger, 35 export versions of the MiG-29A/U Fulcrum with limited computer and radar capabilities for look-shoot down and long range BVR combat.”

      85 TOTAL fighters…

      Most, not even operational.

      • Interesting, in a YouTube video, someone asked me what I thought of the M-series MiG-29’s, and one of the things I said was that Syria will probably like them, and like to add them to their inventory, as their newest fighters are those six MiG-31’s.

        Are they actaually buying them?

          • Yeah, unless they deliver them as they move more fighter escorts into the country, (with MiG-29M’s being quite different from the currently-there Su-30SM’s, and the 8-12 Su-27SM3’s and ’30SM’s that they’re moving to Latakia), we likely won’t see any Fulcrum-E’s with Syrian roundels and tail flashes until this cluster of a war concludes.

            Which may never happen.

  1. My mistake, thanks for the correction. I reviewed the table of SyAAF inventory and it said 84 “total” airframes. Oops, lol.

  2. So they couldn’t muster at least five planes and ten pilots? Hmm…

    Thanks for the corrections, by the way. I’m usually the one who gives this level of informational beatdown to people. Ah well.

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