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"Lit up on the video" what weapons in Syria, Russia surprised the world

Powerful, high-precision, long-range Russian military group in Syria has been successfully applying operational-tactical missile complexes (PTRC) “Iskander-M”. Recently they took part in the Victory parade at the airbase Hamim and passed in a convoy along with the armored cars “Tiger-M” and “Typhoon”, a BTR-82A armored vehicles and anti-aircraft missile and artillery systems “Armour”. Why in the Arab Republic has deployed “Iskander” and what other weapons there were in the material RIA Novosti.

For the first time on the Russian PTRC in Syria in December 2017 was announced by defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He explained that the systems were applied for high-precision strikes on key targets of the militants along with cruise missiles “Caliber”, X-55 and some other weapons. A year later, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said that “Iskander” confirmed the high efficiency in combat, and all identified deficiencies are corrected.

Unofficially, the information about these PTRC in Syria flashed in 2016, when the complex from afar lit up on the base Hamim on the frame story of the Russian TV channel. No details of combat use of “Iskander” in the middle East, the defense Ministry did not disclose. However, the Syrian media in June 2016, wrote that the PTRC worked on the border crossing of Bab al-Hawa from Turkey in Idlib province. A powerful blow killed dozens of militants and several pieces of equipment.

According to experts, “Iskander” are used in Syria is extremely limited. Most of the objectives of destroying the aircraft of VC, which, as time showed, even can turn the tide of armed conflict. PTRC was just struck by the critical infrastructure of terrorists, the headquarters and the leaders of the militants. Now, when the “Islamic state” in Syria* in fact, defeated, and in the rebellious province of Idlib truce, they have and do a little work.

However “Iskander” on the base Hamim is a serious trump card for the Russian group. The PTRC is able to destroy ground targets at distances up to 500 kilometers. Missiles fly at high speeds on an unpredictable trajectory, making them difficult targets for air and missile defense. "Iskander" show other regional players, primarily the United States that Russia will remain in Syria for a long time.

“NATO is not and will not in the short term means, able to withstand the “Iskander”. This is a serious advantage of Russia, — explains to RIA Novosti, the former Deputy commander of the air defense forces Land forces of the USSR on arms the General-Lieutenant Alexander Luzan. — Lack of effective ballistic and cruise missiles and other sophisticated small targets even the American Patriot air defense system. They shot down a maximum of one rocket three”.

“Iskander” — a powerful argument in dialogue with other participants of the Syrian conflict. Recently the Minister of defence of Turkey, Hulusi Akar, said that Turkey is preparing military operations in the Syrian province of Idlib. Thus, the truce might come to an end. Moscow and Damascus did not want Turkey and affiliated armed groups in Idlib have gone too far. And Russian PTRC there is a serious deterrent.

Another factor — the opportunity to test new systems under combat conditions. In five years, Russia experimented with in Syria much advanced defense technology. As reported in December last year, Sergei Shoigu, in the battle involved more than 350 types of military equipment and weapons.

The loudest debut — winged sea-based missiles “Caliber”. The seventh of October 2015, four ships of the Caspian flotilla fired on targets in Syria, 26 ammunition, not leaving native waters. “Caliber” flew more than 1500 kilometres and struck 11 targets for terrorists. Since then, the Russian Navy uses cruise missiles on a regular basis — including submarines.

Using the Syrian war were almost all types of aircraft, standing on the arms of videoconferencing. Along with veterans — front-line bombers su-24, su-25 and attack helicopters Mi-24 in combat was attended by the newest su-35S and su-30CM. They escort attack aircraft and occasionally attacking ground targets. Debuted in Syria and the fifth generation fighter, the su-57, February of 2018 have committed ten sorties. Fighting account was opened by the strategic missile carriers Tu-95 and Tu-160, as well as long-range bombers Tu-22M3, to befall the objects of the insurgents, cruise missiles and free-fall bombs.

In Syria, the Russian army EN masse for the first time used drones: light "Orlan-10", "Eniks-3" and heavy "Outposts", produced by the Israeli license. "Eagle" and "Anixi" is used for the watch of the garrison around the base, search and reconnaissance missions in a limited radius. "Outposts" are involved in the flights of military aircraft, by registering the missile and bomb strikes. In addition, drones are helping to adjust artillery fire.

On the ground in Syria since the debut of armored vehicles "Typhoon-K" (KAMAZ) and "Typhoon-U" ( on the basis of "Ural"). In combat, the machine confirmed the high protective properties. It is known that "Typhoons" in Syria is actively used by units of the Russian military police. An important role in offensive operations played flamethrower system TOS-1 "Buratino" and TOS-1A "Sun". Machine firing unguided thermobaric missiles with high precision shooting at a distance up to six kilometers and extremely powerful striking ability.

During the war, Russia supplied the Syrian army to 30 tanks T-90 and T-90A. They have repeatedly fired anti-tank missiles, but the militants managed to destroy a single tank. The rest of the car damaged, after repair returned to the system.

In early September, 2017, the General Director of JSC "Ural design Bureau of transport engineering" Andrey Terlikov said that Syria had experienced fighting machine tank support (BMPT) "Terminator", is designed to cover heavy armor in urban combat. Its main task is to detect and destroy grenade calculation, engineering structures and enemy armored vehicles and low-flying air targets.

Finally, in Syria Russia has deployed a powerful grouping of air defense. The base Hamim cover the newest s-400 air defense system “Buk-2M” anti-aircraft missile and artillery complexes “Carapace-C1”, particularly distinguished themselves in repelling attacks of unmanned aerial vehicles.

The results of trials of new equipment in the Syrian war made an impression on Western experts. Thus, the American analytical center RAND called the participation in the conflict one of the main factors in qualitative improvements in the Russian army. Experts have acknowledged that Russia possesses enormous opportunities for the rapid deployment of troops, air defense and conventional weapons with great range.

* Banned in Russia as a terrorist organization.