May 2, 2016

Analysis of SAA Tactics

English: Syrian anti-tank teams successfully d...
English: Syrian anti-tank teams successfully deployed French-made Milan ATGMs during the war in Lebanon in 1982 as well. Français : Les équipes antichars de l'armée syrienne ont utilisé le missile Milan durant la guerre du Liban contre, en autre, l'armée israélienne en 1982. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Southfront has a well written piece of how the Syrian Arab Army has performed in vast Syrian deserts.

Five years of war have taken their toll on the SAA. By 2013, Syrian government forces had already lost a quarter of their military equipment. Nearly 1800 tanks and armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) along with trucks and artillery were lost due to destruction or capture . Between Western coalition-backed weapon deliveries and the amplified wear-and-tear on machinery as time progressed, it is now estimated that attrition has claimed over half the SAA’s original strength. As a result, the availability of tanks and AFVs is an ever growing hurdle for SAA commanders to overcome. It is not uncommon to see SAA infantry assaulting rebel-held settlements with only a handful of vehicles to support. Read more


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