Experience of application of Russian weapons to Syria became the subject of consideration by the ad hoc military-technical conference. And although the reports, of course, are secret, some insights about how to proved samples of Russian weapons in modern combat, you can do for open source.
On Thursday, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on military-technical conference, devoted to the improvement of weapons on the basis of the Syrian experience stated on the application in combat operations on the territory of the Arab Republic of high-precision missiles X-101 with a range of up to 4.5 thousand kilometers. Thus, he first confirmed unofficial information on this issue previously appeared in the media.
“The operation in Syria has become a real battle ground for the new Russian high-tech means of conducting modern warfare”
The defense Minister added that many of the modern domestic models of weapons have been tested in the difficult conditions of the desert and, in General, has shown its reliability and efficiency.
Chief editor of the magazine “national defense” Colonel Igor Korotchenko in an interview with the newspaper OPINION agreed that the operation in Syria was a demonstration of the capabilities of the Russian army and Navy, and especially of the theater of operations included the use of high-precision weapons.
During the operation, our armed forces have used the newest su-35S and su-30SM fighter-bombers su-34. In combat this technique is widely used for the first time.
Note that “newbies” in the sky Arab Republic has carried out its tasks with proven time and again in combat front-line bombers su-24 and su-25. In addition, the company was strategic aviation in the face of a supersonic Tu-160 and Tu-22M, and the turboprop Tu-95MS. Despite the fact that the latter type of aircraft is in service of our army for over half a century, in the fighting planes used for the first time, in contrast to the same Tu-22M, on account of which there are combat missions during the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya.
In the nomenclature of arms of tactical aviation in Syria has been guided bombs with satellite guidance, and strategic cruise missiles with a launch range of 4.5 thousand kilometers. Thus it was possible to test the GLONASS system for military purposes.
According to Igor Korotchenko, in addition, on the territory of the Arab Republic were tested by the latest communication systems, electronic warfare systems, electronic interception, a scale was used drones. His words were confirmed and chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal Fatherland” retired Colonel Viktor murakhovski.
“In Syria uses not only the serial models of weapons, but also promising, are still under development and testing. The range is huge, almost anything that uses modern army, except troops of the strategic missile forces. In this case we are talking about automated systems of troops and weapons control, electronic warfare systems, integrated intelligence systems, geodetic support, space systems, some types of guided and unguided weapons for ground and airborne, opto-electronic means, etc.” – said murakhovski the newspaper VIEW.
On the ground in the Syrian army used Russian armored vehicles – in particular, tanks T-90. According to Korotchenko, during the war they showed their vitality and resistance at least from the American anti-tank guided TOW missiles used by the troops of the “free Syrian army” and the “Islamic state**”.
However, tanks of the matter is again not limited. On Syrian soil are tested and new types of small arms and equipment of soldiers. By the way, at the end of 2015, the users of social media have discovered that the pictures from Syria that soldiers of army units unofficial affiliation wearing uniform, in appearance resembling modern Russian military equipment “Ratnik”.
Add on positions of armed groups, in particular IG* strikes even from the sea. They were involved in the latest small missile ships of project 21631 “Buyan-M” and the submarines of project 636.6 “warszawianka”. From the Caspian sea and the Mediterranean sea, they released the terrorists dozens of cruise missiles “Caliber”. In some cases, the distance to the target was about 1.5 thousand kilometers.
Is known about the participation in the operation of the Syrian heavy missile cruiser “Varyag” and “Moscow”, Pacific and black sea fleets. Their task is to control Maritime space in the area of the Syrian ports of Tartus and Latakia, where the point of logistics of the Russian Navy and the base Hamim, which is on land cover from aerial attacks modern anti-aircraft missile system s-300 and the latest s-400 and anti-aircraft missile systems “Pantsir-S1”, attack helicopters Mi-24/Mi-35 and Mi-28.
Of course, the Ministry of defence and the arms manufacturers of constant monitoring of the use of all military equipment on Syrian soil. This information was confirmed by both experts. According to them, all identified defects are trying to make up literally on the spot.
“Each military pattern, as a prospective and serial, create working groups of representatives of the Ministry of defence and industry. They work specifically on each weapon, studying the parameters of engagement, then draw conclusions. In the future, in fact, in interactive mode, something updated, corrected and brought into compliance with the requirements of the military Department”, – explained Victor murakhovski.
“I don’t remember such a laborious work on studying of experience of fighting in the history of our army, even in Soviet times, he continues. For example, during the war in Afghanistan on the technique for a long time not established the so-called anti shaped-charge grid, although by the time the troops had suffered considerable losses from manual anti-tank grenade launchers”.
Speaking about the possible future of weapons used in Syria, including the growth of export potential, Igor Korotchenko said that already now the Russian technique increased interest from overseas customers and it can fetch millions of dollars.
However, Victor murakhovski in this respect has been more restrained. In his opinion, now to talk about the financial benefit of the transaction is still early.
“It is believed that after fighting the application of certain of the samples are dramatically increasing the demand. As an example – anti-ship missile that sank the Israeli destroyer “Eilat”. Then everyone wanted a rocket, and when the Argentine aircraft sunk with anti-ship missiles of the latest British destroyer, get a double effect: on the one hand, the increased demand for a rocket, other automatic safeguards in the middle range. Here in the case of operation in Syria, we will see about the same, but not immediately,” said the former soldier.
He also added that the outcome of the research working groups of promising models of military equipment used in Syria will accelerate the adoption of the Russian army any new types. From his point of view, this process is time consuming, and to jump from one stage to another, no one will.
Summarizing the intermediate results of the operation, Igor Korotchenko said that the war in Syria has not only allowed Russia to fulfill its Alliance obligations to President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian people, stabilize the situation and dealing a significant blow to international terrorism, but has become a real battle ground for the new Russian high-tech means of conducting modern warfare. “This is an extremely valuable experience that will help to further improve the capabilities of the Russian army and fleet”, – concluded the expert.
* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”