Speaking about innovations and innovations in our army, it makes sense to talk not only about new technology, but also new tactical techniques that really enter into everyday work. And if tank the carousel, which was shown to us during the BTU of one of the parts of the ZVO, is not new, then the "Syrian rampart" is really not an old thing.
Let's start in order.
Where do any battalion tactical exercises begin? That's right, from arriving at the place of training and setting the task.
The tanks are dispersed in the forest belt and disguised, the personnel, having received the task, began to prepare for its implementation. That is, tanks need to be charged.
Ammunition received, delivered, loaded. All ready. The carousel begins. Naturally, with the command of the battalion commander.
Further, in general, everything is pretty monotonous. A tank flies out of the forest belt, flies into a prepared position at full speed, fires a shot and goes back as fast as possible. The element of surprise is to guess from which position the tank will jump out in the next minute.
It is quite difficult to guess. The dust, roar of engines and the roar of shots are somewhat disorienting. In general, the first three or four cars raised such a cloud of dust that you could not worry about the smoke curtain. Dust reliably hid everything, and in the place of a potential enemy it would be possible to peel only on the areas.
I liked the fact that the crews acted quickly. How about accuracy, it was difficult to say (see above about dust), and the targets were at a distance of about a kilometer.
After all the crews had fired, an intermediate summing up was carried out. Without departing from the scene.
I honestly tried to sneak up and hang my ears, but Comrade Major snarled no worse than a tank gun. Then the exercise was repeated, but the faces of the commanders became really more satisfied.
After a short break, it was the turn of the "Syrian shaft".
The essence of the reception, as they explained to us, lies in firing at stationary objects (artillery and mortar positions, warehouses, etc.) with a tank group from the course and under cover. In Syria, the ramparts were made with the help of construction equipment, from sand it is very easy to do.
The fact is that such a layer of sand not only ensures the secrecy of the actions of tanks, but also makes it very difficult to respond. Tanks are firing through the gaps in the bulk barrier, and do not stand still. The distance between the machines varies from 20 to 100 meters. In addition, the sand - a great barrier to modern laser and infrared guidance systems.
In our case, the shaft was not sandy, but, nevertheless, allowed to work out this element to the extent necessary.
In general, the fact that this not so long ago developed technique is already being mastered in parts is very, very good. This means that the advantages that he gives, and moreover they are run-in in real combat conditions, are significant, since the "Syrian wave" has already gone to the troops.
You can, of course, discuss the feasibility of learning this technique and notice that in our country there are not too many places where there is so much sand. I will say that yes, we have little sand and desert. But our allies in the CSTO have them, and our experience may well (do not bring, of course) be useful.
By the way, Donbass dumps rocks are not inferior to the sand masses of Syria. But it is, by the way.