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Published in Press Stream:
October 16, 2015

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Published in Stream:
October 16, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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The unmanned aerial vehicle downed by the Turkish Air Force near the Syrian border this morning bears a striking resemblance to a drone that was brought down in eastern Ukraine last year.

Reuters reports that a US official has told the news agency that Washington suspects the drone is of Russian origin.

The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) published photos of the wreckage of a drone brought down in Ukraine on May 28, 2014:




Certainly the resemblance between the two is striking.

As Oryx Blog reported this summer, another similar drone crashed on July 20, 2015, near the village of Ruveysli in Syria.


The set of twelve cameras carried in the belly of the drone is designed to produce detailed, 3D maps of the battlefield.


When the SBU announced the downing of the drone last summer, they claimed that it was a Russian Orlan-10.

However the Orlan-10 has some marked differences in appearance, most notably the tail and engine housing:


Oryx Blog suggests that the UAVs found in both Syria and Ukraine are a new development from the Orlan-10, the precise technical details of which remain unknown.

Turkey's Hürriyet newspaper reports that the Turkish General Staff have claimed that the UAV was shot down after three warnings were issued:

“Today, an aerial vehicle of unknown nationality was detected inside our airspace on the Syrian border, and when it continued its movement despite being warned three times, our aircraft on patrol mission on the border fired and shot down the vehicle within the rules of engagement,” the statement posted on the Turkish General Staff’s official website read.

“The Turkish Armed Forces is executing its tasks with determination within the rules of engagement,” the military added in the statement.

Russia has issued a denial, claiming that all of their military aircraft in Syria, including UAVs have been accounted for.

-- Pierre Vaux