Thursday, September 28, 2023

Russian spy plane spotted over US base in Syria

A Russian Aerospace Forces surveillance aircraft was spotted over the at-Tanf garrison in eastern Syria, a senior defense official said.

The An-30 surveillance aircraft repeatedly flew over the at-Tanf garrison in eastern Syria, where U.S. forces train Syrian allies and monitor Islamic State militant activity.

The official said the Russian An-30 aircraft was collecting intelligence on the base.


“They continue to undertake activities that are very concerning to us,” the official said.

The An-30 is a twin-engine, surveillance aircraft designed for intelligence gathering, battlefield surveillance and aerial cartography. Its NATO reporting name is Clank.

The aircraft has a raised cockpit and a special glazed nose with navigation and communication equipment. It is fitted with various cameras and sensors in the fuselage section to accomplish surveillance and photographic missions over a large area.

The Clank is also fitted with a magnetometer and microwave radiometer for long-distance surveillance operations.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense adviser and a consultant. He graduated in business management and worked at leading European defense companies before becoming a military journalist. read more



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