In the evening of January 6, a second attempt was made to attack the base. According to a number of media reports, the Russian air defense system recorded unidentified flying objects and opened fire on them. It is assumed that these were quadcopters of terrorists with low-power hanging bombs, the type of those that are massively used in Iraq.
The militants began to show their activity in close proximity to the Khmeimim airbase at the end of December last year. Then, on December 27, the Pantsir-С1 complex shot down two Grad missiles as they approached the base.