The increasing use of drones in modern warfare is part of a trend that is only likely to continue as the technology because more accessible, cheaper, and advanced.
The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) used in the attacks on Russia's facilities in Syria bear a resemblance to certain types of equipment used by the United States military, according to Erdoğan Karakuş, a military analyst and retired Lt. Gen. of the Turkish Air Force.
"Creating this sort of weapon is impossible in homemade conditions", Novikov said, adding that they could have been made "with the participation of specialists educated in countries that make and use this sort of drone". "It appears that the attack [on the Russian military facilities in Syria] was well planned and coordinated", he said.
When the fighters, whose affiliation was not announced, were preparing to leave the base they were 'destroyed by a Krasnopol guided missile, ' according to the ministry.
"The fact that the terrorists received the method to assemble the pilotless drones from overseas shows that the threat is not only in Syria. But one thing is for certain - the drones used in these attacks don't resemble any drones used by other countries, except for the United States". Serious attention and organisation on the worldwide level is needed to neutralise such threats'.
The Russian Ministry of Defence released a statement claiming their naval base in the Syrian town of Tartus and the Khmeimim Air Base were attacked by a 13-strong swarm of armed drones on the night of January 5, 2018.
However, a government offensive helped by Iran-backed militia has gathered pace in Idlib in the last two weeks, according to rebels and a military media unit run by Lebanon's Hezbollah, which is fighting on the Syrian government side. Millions have been displaced.