Drones are a growing presence on the battlefield and recognizing that trend, the Russian Defense Ministry has ordered that all branches of its military begin training in anti-drone combat.
Russian newspaper Izvestia that the first test of these new tactics came in October during training exercises on the Black Sea. Ground forces will also begin training to repel drones.
The shift in training comes from the Russian military's experience in Syria. In January 2018, over a dozen drones armed with explosives a number of Russian targets in the region. Ten drones attacked an air base and three of them went after a naval base.
The attack was successfully repelled—Russian forces were able to shoot down seven of the drones with antiaircraft missiles and were able to commandeer six more toward a safe landing. In a documenting some of the captured drones, the Defense Ministry noted that the attack was likely launched from "a distance of about 100 kilometers."
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While the attack didn't cause any damage, their DIY nature was notable. Built with small engines and cheap plywood, the drones used in the attack represented the changing nature of war. And if the Russian military wants to continue with these types of incursions across the globe, the Defense Ministry wants them better prepared.