"Syria showed today that the future belongs to robotic complexes and unmanned aerial systems. There are very few of us – slightly more than 145 million – to defend such a huge territory. Generally speaking, we have no allies. We do not have enough soldiers … even to defend the perimeter of our territory. [It is high time] for soldiers to become not just fighters, we are shifting to intellectual armament systems," Rogozin said.
Russia launched its anti-terror aerial operation in Syria in 2015 on the request of the Syrian government.