[ Editor’s Note: The next round of major fighting in Syria could see the victor being the one with the best drone defences to defend against the Turkish combat drones that were so effective.
The Syrian advance not only ground to a halt, but suffered major losses due to the effectiveness of the Turkish drones, which entered the battle at a critical time and even destroyed a number of anti-aircraft batteries.
But the Russians are nothing if not able to react quickly, and their newest anti-drone system seems to have been a top priority to get ready for testing and then deployment.
Sometimes a superior weapons system can drive the opposing force to the negotiation table. History has show that Erdogan is risk averse to taking a lot of regular military force casualties.
With his army stretched out all the way to Libya, and his navy on the offensive to support Erdogan’s claims to all petroleum rights in the Eastern Mediterranean, he does not want to gamble on a big military loss in Syria, as neither would Putin.
This may be why Putin has been so quiet about the continued provocations in Syria, with no major advance to secure Idlib and push the Jihadis north into Erdogan’s hands. After all, he can always send them to Libya or to fight the Kurds in NE Iraq… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … August 28, 2020 –
Russia could deploy the advanced anti-drone system “Sapsan-Konvoy” in Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu revealed on August 28.
Shoygu said the system could be sent to Syria if it passes successfully a series of tests during the upcoming “Kavkaz-2020” military exercises.
“There is a need to develop means like this, if the complex is ready for tests, we will test it during the Kavkaz-2020 strategic command-staff exercises, and if it shows positive results we will send it to Syria,” RT quoted Shoygu as saying.
DIY armed drones used by militants pose a serious threat to Russian troops deployed in Syria. In the last two years, dozens of drone attacks targeted Russian bases in the war-torn country.
Sapsan-Konvoy, which was showcased at the International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2020,” was developed by Concern Avtomatika. The system can detect drones and jam their GNSS channels.
Shoygu have reportedly given instruction to test other new weapon systems presented at Army-2020 in Syria. The exact systems were not named.
The Russian military has tested hundreds of weapon systems in Syria since the beginning of its operations there in 2015. Many systems proved to be effective, while others were further upgraded.
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