American expert: Russian army gained "invaluable experience" in Syria
Analyzing the actions of the Russian grouping in Syria, Kofman believes that participation in hostilities helped the Russian forces gain invaluable experience and also eliminate shortcomings in armaments. In his article, he points out that Syria has become for the Russian army an "invaluable testing ground" through which most of the senior officers, mainly serving in the military space station, passed through the rotation.
The main lesson that Russia learned from Syria, according to Kofman, is that the Russian military realized the need for close coordination aviation with ground forces. According to the expert, in the Syrian armed conflict, the Russian air forces “first learned to fight, and then began to learn how to cover the ground forces,” adding that recently integration of air forces with ground forces in real time has been increasingly seen.
In addition, Kofman believes that participation in the Syrian war allowed the Russian military to identify shortcomings in the Russian weapons, tactics and training and made it possible to eliminate them. Russia has made tremendous progress in developing military capabilities since the start of the campaign in 2015, the expert said.
- Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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