A Chinese information resource claims that Syrian air defense, using Soviet and Russian-made air defense systems, cannot withstand attacks from Turkey.
The publication on the Chinese resource criticizes the aggressive actions of Turkey. The author of Sohu notes that the Turkish army insolently invaded Syria and supported the anti-government forces operating there. Russia continues to support Syria, but the Turkish army is increasing its military presence in the occupied territories. And one of the important factors that allow Turkey to feel confident is the success of Turkish drones in the Syrian sky.
Since Syrian airspace is closed to Turkish air forces, and the Russian Ministry of Defense even specifically warned the Turkish side that it could not guarantee the safety of Turkish aircraft if they appeared above Idlib, in Ankara they decided to use unmanned aerial vehicles in the sky over Syria. It is with the help of drones that the Turks conduct air attacks on Syrian military convoys, patrols, roadblocks, military equipment groups and even individual military vehicles or motorcycles.
The author of Sohu notes that the Turkish drone even managed to destroy the Russian-made "Shell" air defense system, which, in theory, was supposed to bring him down. In the task of destroying the Turkish drone, the Chinese journalist writes, there was nothing complicated, but the air defense system did not respond to its appearance and was destroyed.
For Syria, this is obviously a heavy loss. For Russia, this is a domestic air defense system. She was destroyed in this way and lost her face,
- writes the author of Sohu.
It is noted that Turkish UAVs "easily break through the Syrian air defense system based on Soviet and Russian air defense systems."
The question posed by the Chinese publication is really very interesting, given that Turkey, even without the use of its fighter aviation, managed to control a significant part of Syrian airspace with the help of drones. And Syrian air defense, armed with Soviet and Russian weaponscan’t do anything about it. Yes, they periodically shoot down unmanned vehicles, but not as actively as one might expect.
Bloomberg calls the unprecedented number of drones involved by the Turkish Air Force in the sky over Syria. The Turkish army managed to literally besiege Syria with its drones, which every day attack the positions of the Syrian Arab army and its moving columns and convoys.
Even the loss of the two latest Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles on February 25 and March 1 in the region of Serakib does not correct the situation. Turkey has too many unmanned aerial vehicles, and the bet made on them is quite justified: the Turkish Air Force, using drones, saves aircraft and, most importantly, does not risk the lives of aircraft crew members.
By the way, although the Syrian troops have pretty good air defense systems, the Turkish military managed to shoot down several Syrian air forces, including the Su-24. An amusing picture is emerging: the Syrians are shooting down drones, but the drone attacks are still continuing and cause great damage to government troops, and the Turks are successfully shooting down Syrian air forces. The only thing that pleases is that in both cases of the downing of the Syrian Air Force Su-24, the Syrian pilots managed to escape, safely landing with parachutes.
At the same time, by shooting down Turkish aircraft, Syria acts in full accordance with international law, since they violate its airspace. Turkish Air Force F-16s operate from Turkish airspace for fear of entering the airspace of the ATS.