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Experts evaluated the readiness of the Russian Air Force to perform tasks in Syria

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Experts evaluated the readiness of the Russian Air Force to perform tasks in SyriaAirplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces launched targeted attacks on ISIS positions. In recent decades, this is not the first use of military aviation Russia abroad. The experience of such campaigns suggests that the actions of the Russian army can be much more effective than the bombing of the Americans. However, several factors can affect the fulfillment of tasks.


The Russian Air Force launched combat missions in Syria. As stated in the Ministry of Defense, in the course of the air operation in Syria, the aircraft of the Russian VKS attack military equipment, communications centers, vehicles, warehouses weapons, ammunition and fuels and lubricants belonging to the terrorists of the IG.

The composition of the forces and assets involved is not officially disclosed. Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, Chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, said earlier that reconnaissance and assault aircraft would be mainly involved, attack helicopters, and possibly fighter-bombers.
When asked why the decision was made specifically about the air operation, the head of the State Duma committee replied that, “first, such operations are minimal in terms of losses”.

“Secondly, the ISIS does not have an air defense system, only, perhaps, portable Stingers,” he continued. “Thirdly, if aviation is competently used, then it is an effective means of destruction, especially in a desert territory.”

At the same time, he noted that divisions and units of the ground forces, which are needed to protect air bases, will be deployed in Syria. “Of course, we need some kind of ground forces. Not in order to conduct an offensive or military operations, but in order to preserve and protect our bases, including aviation, our advisers and others, ”said Komoedov, reports TASS.

“I am absolutely convinced that our president is not going to introduce any military units into Syria, because this would mean drawing Russia into a dubious conflict with incomprehensible and completely unpredictable consequences. It would not even be Afghanistan, but something more abruptly, "said Sotnikov RIA"News».

At the same time, he noted that “some of our partners would very much like Russia to send combat units there, in fact, with Russian hands to deal with the Islamic State.

Successful experience

The last experience of the use of the Air Force without the involvement of ground forces from the Russian military was at the beginning of the 90's during the civil war in Tajikistan. The border detachments covering the border with Afghanistan became the site of the squadrons of the Mi-24 helicopters, which regularly flew to bomb the militants. In particular, in August of the 1992, they destroyed the armored vehicles hijacked from one of the regiments of the 201 Motorized Rifle Division. In 1993, the Su-25 186 th fighter-assault aviation regiment based at the Kokaida airfield in Uzbekistan began to perform combat missions in the territory of Tajikistan. They made several sorties a day and became a serious factor in turning the tide of the war.
During the actions of the Russian Air Force in Tajikistan, several helicopters were lost, but there were no casualties among the personnel.

Features of the region


According to the vice-president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Colonel Vladimir Anokhin, the experience that Russian pilots and their commanders have will allow them to more effectively deal with the militants than the US Air Force did.

“Any of our actions will most certainly be more effective, because the Americans and their allies against ISIS did not fight,” he told the VIEW newspaper. “The number of combat missions against ISIS for all this time is absolutely insignificant compared to what the Soviet Union carried out against the Afghan Mujahideen.”

“We have a very good experience, which Americans do not have. Russian aviators showed themselves very effectively in the skies of Egypt and in the skies of Syria. I can say this with confidence as a participant in the hostilities in Syria and Egypt in 1973, he said. “The effect of the actions of our aviation will be very serious.”



According to him, the Syrian landscape is much easier to perform combat missions than the one in which Russian pilots are accustomed to work. “There is a flat surface, there are no mountains and forests. Another thing is that the igilovtsy understand that their only salvation is to stand behind the backs of the civilian population in the cities, therefore when using aviation there is a risk of causing losses to the civilian population, ”the expert noted.
“We have very good rocket armament, but this is not enough - we need radars, mechanics and, most importantly, pilots who are trained not to fly at their own airfield, but wherever military need will send,” said the honored pilot of the USSR, a former military man, to the VZGLYAD newspaper Pilot Oleg Smirnov. - They indicate on the map a point with the task of bombing - and this requires great professionalism in order to find it and complete the task. If the statements of the chiefs about the training of our pilots are true, and not just some kind of window dressing, then everything is fine. "

"The main thing is that they do not interfere with us"


Experts note that a lot depends on the behavior of American politicians and military. “ISIS is the brainchild of Americans. And the fact that they supply them with weapons, using all sorts of tricks, no one denies. And here the most important thing is that they do not interfere with us, says Anokhin. - They will not interfere - everything will be in order. Will give ISIL reconnaissance information - it will be harder. Shit they know how. If they provide ISIS with air defense, it’s hard to imagine how we will work. Su-25, MiGs will work. But if they have serious anti-aircraft weapons, it will be very difficult for helicopters to handle them. ”

He noted that if the US continues air operations in the region and does not change its position regarding the government of Bashar al-Assad, they will find themselves in a difficult situation: “It is foolish to go to the target without coordination with ground forces. They need to remove Assad, who has an army, and on the other hand, will they coordinate with Assad? This is some kind of nonsense. ”
“Of course, it is necessary for the whole world to attack these people, look what they are doing,” Hero of Russia, Honored Test Pilot Colonel Igor Malikov told the newspaper VIEW. - Probably, they will somehow divide the airspace. We will have Americans in our headquarters, they have Russians. And they will coordinate all these things. ”

“Everything must be coordinated so that the Russians and the Americans do not hurt each other,” says Oleg Smirnov. - It is necessary that by the time of the attack the members of the coalition leave this territory, because the weapon will be the toughest. We have rockets from which the earth burns under our feet. Let us see how it will be in practice: if the Americans say that they will leave, but in fact they will remain, then this will be a disaster. Aviation without concerted action is a nightmare. ”

“If the Americans remain - on which side they will be? - the expert asks. - One option is in response to a warning that we will bomb some territory and it’s better for everyone to get out of there, they may ask not to do it. The other is when they offer to strike a joint blow from this direction from different directions. ”
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  1. ECT
    ECT 2 October 2015 05: 17 New
    +33
    Apparently it was not in vain that the exercises were carried out all year;
    1. Alena Frolovna
      Alena Frolovna 2 October 2015 16: 04 New
      +16
      Good luck guys!
  2. venaya
    venaya 2 October 2015 05: 19 New
    +19
    “If the Americans stay, on whose side will they be? ...

    Clearly no one's - exactly in the middle, here and do not go to the grandmother. Not for that, they made porridge for someone to win. The main task, like Libya: "Permanent War." Only in muddy waters can they try to fetch something, in this practice they have no equal in the world.
  3. nimboris
    nimboris 2 October 2015 05: 26 New
    +11
    Aviadarts are also not Khuhra-Muhra good
    1. WKS
      WKS 2 October 2015 14: 30 New
      +3
      Interesting thoughts are expressed by the Americans. For example, someone Ralph Peters writes: “Putin’s obvious strategic goals are:“ In the short term, to save the shaky regime of the Russian ally, the bloody president Bashar al-Assad. And in the process, destroy all opposition groups except ISIS, leaving the USA, Europe and the world a meager choice between Assad and the Islamic State. "His other thought was:" By purely willful force, he (Putin) took his devastated country and its swollen armed forces and changed the world. Meanwhile, our stunned president (Obama) is pouting like a high school student who was promoted by her boyfriend (“But Volodya ... you promised!”) “And the BBC“ analyzes ”all this in its publications.
  4. Krasmash
    Krasmash 2 October 2015 05: 32 New
    +7
    At the same time, he noted that “some of our partners would very much like Russia to send military units there, in fact, with Russian hands to deal with the Islamic State

    The whole world community dreams of such a gift from Russia, and not just "partners". They want to sleep peacefully everywhere, even in the Vatican.
  5. Same lech
    Same lech 2 October 2015 05: 39 New
    +5
    They point a point on the map with the task of bombing - and this requires a lot of professionalism to find it and complete the task


    It's right...
    But I have to ask ... who chooses this point and gives the order ... and how sure is it that this real combat target ...
    and not a setup with civilians, anything can happen in a war
    1. GUKTU
      GUKTU 2 October 2015 07: 24 New
      +11
      The main type of combat support-EXPLORATION !!!! in all its manifestations
  6. Wolka
    Wolka 2 October 2015 05: 43 New
    +7
    you can expect everything from the Yankees, it’s very arrogant in filth and dirty tricks, and don’t feed bread ...
  7. Grif
    Grif 2 October 2015 05: 53 New
    +15
    It is necessary to bomb not Syria, but Saudi Arabia.
    1. Varyag_1973
      Varyag_1973 2 October 2015 09: 01 New
      +8
      Not only the Saudis, there is also Qatar! In general, it is necessary to bomb FSA and small Britain, that's where the devil dug in, everything else, like seeds!
    2. shibi
      shibi 2 October 2015 18: 17 New
      +1
      Fashington must be bombed first.
      The rest will run away.
      1. Talgat
        Talgat 4 October 2015 17: 33 New
        0
        Quote: sibi
        Fashington must be bombed first.


        Of course, the reason is there

        But it’s impossible, since there is nuclear deterrence in the first place - for the same reason, “phishington” doesn’t bomb all of us - otherwise you could have started “drang nah osten” from Europe and started bombing short-haul from CA

        Therefore, all the same, we must start with the obscurantists of the Saudi Cathars, and so on - and not with our own hands

        Iran has been scratching its hands for a long time - all that is needed to finally achieve a new balance - China has grown to the United States, the Eurasian Union has strengthened and become its ally, and in 15-20 years a new weight distribution will arise - a multipolar world

        And then the Saudis are very thoughtful with these Qatars - did they live correctly at all - despite their pouting military budgets, the Iranians will smear them two on one
  8. Barboskin
    Barboskin 2 October 2015 06: 13 New
    +5
    “ISIS is the brainchild of Americans. And the fact that they supply them with weapons, using all sorts of tricks, no one denies. And here the most important thing is that they don’t interfere with us, ”Anokhin says. - They will not interfere - everything will be in order. ISIS will provide intelligence information - it will be harder. They know how to crap. If they provide ISIS with air defense, it’s hard to imagine how we will work. Su-25, MiGs will work. But if they have serious anti-aircraft weapons, it will be very difficult for helicopters to cope with them. ”

    the main and main words of the article, the main thing is not to substitute for the "allies", the rest is a matter of technology. In a word, a modern liberal-tolerant world, the back of which is better not to turn!
  9. Gray 43
    Gray 43 2 October 2015 06: 37 New
    +13
    I won’t be surprised if Westerners decide to run in models of their MANPADS in Syria against our aviation, better not to come up with advertising, and there is serious competition in the arms market, we are trying to put out the fire at distant approaches, and loot is all for them! During the war, huge funds were laundered to support the "moderate opposition", but for me, some murderers cannot be any more humane than others.
    1. mark2
      mark2 2 October 2015 20: 01 New
      +1
      Do not think that Russia is some kind of holy state. In Syria, in addition to solving the main problem, we train pilots in war conditions. So the United States will want to run in MANPADS, and our airspace forces are a way of counteracting.
  10. Hope1960
    Hope1960 2 October 2015 06: 45 New
    +12
    Guys, our falcons! God bless you all come back with a shield !!!
    1. afdjhbn67
      afdjhbn67 2 October 2015 06: 48 New
      -19
      In yopta .. crying Yaroslavna ..
      1. datur
        datur 3 October 2015 00: 19 New
        -1
        calm down the trick! wink
  11. sl22277
    sl22277 2 October 2015 06: 49 New
    +21
    ISIS is the brainchild of Washington, if we warn of an impending bombing, this information will immediately be available to the militants. Just so as not to get kneaded, let them “smoke” aside. Herach all in a row.
  12. slizhov
    slizhov 2 October 2015 07: 44 New
    +5
    I want to believe that there will be more and more red on the given map with each week ...
  13. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 2 October 2015 07: 54 New
    +5
    Will not interfere - everything will be good

    But this is a big question. They will not only interfere, but will try to spoil as much as possible. No wonder Kerry let slip that Russian planes could begin to “fall”. So they have some plans in this regard.
  14. Grigorievich
    Grigorievich 2 October 2015 08: 43 New
    +3
    If the Americans supply air defense systems, they will not use them soon, they must be trained either with their personnel (in Georgia they couldn’t train and shot down h-chls) And MANPADS on the plain are only against low-altitude targets, these are not mountains in Afghanistan.
  15. NordUral
    NordUral 2 October 2015 10: 14 New
    +2
    “We have very good rocket armament, but this is not enough - we need radars, mechanics and, most importantly, pilots who are trained not to fly at their own airfield, but wherever military need will send,” said the honored pilot of the USSR, a former military man, to the VZGLYAD newspaper Pilot Oleg Smirnov. - They indicate on the map a point with the task of bombing - and this requires great professionalism in order to find it and complete the task. If the statements of the chiefs about the training of our pilots are true, and not just some kind of window dressing, then everything is fine. "
    Stop! so will they fly on cards? And where is the use of the vaunted Glonass?
    "The main thing is that they do not interfere with us"
    They will interfere actively. It is naive to think that they will not.
    1. Alekseev
      Alekseev 2 October 2015 14: 41 New
      +2
      Quote: NordUral
      Stop! so will they fly on cards?

      And how they flew on maps on a supersonic attack aircraft, at night and with a relief envelope! It's just that there is a bold point ... So that you can see right away.
      And you are GLONASS ... Besides maps of simple and 36 sheet and GLONASS, there are no more navigation systems. request
      You can immediately see the ardent navigator.
    2. ancient
      ancient 2 October 2015 15: 56 New
      +5
      Quote: NordUral
      Stop! so will they fly on cards?


      So they’ve been flying all their lives and will only fly on cards. Even in NK in PA (automatic tablets) and then .. cards are "tucked" (!!!)
      Radars operate in CATROGRAPHY mode.
      And if the NK or PrNK "dies .. how will you carry out the navigation? By the old antiquated method of" interviewing local residents "or again finding out why the commander’s instructions are not followed in the crew -" take only BELOMOR to fly smoking "? wink

      GLONAS and GPS is for NAVIGATION on a programmed route (again a map in electronic form), correction of NAVIGATION systems and complexes, guidance and control system ASP drinks
  16. Stirbjorn
    Stirbjorn 2 October 2015 11: 36 New
    +3
    “We have a very good experience, which Americans do not have. Russian aviators showed themselves very effectively in the skies of Egypt and in the skies of Syria. I can say this with confidence as a participant in the hostilities in Syria and Egypt in 1973, he said. “The effect of the actions of our aviation will be very serious.”
    Of course, I apologize, but how many years of this experience - the Americans then had Iraq (2 times), Libya, and so, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia to the heap .. and all basically bombing
  17. Marusya
    Marusya 2 October 2015 12: 55 New
    +9
    The experience of such campaigns suggests that the actions of the Russian army can be much more effective than the bombing of the Americans.
  18. Yeraz
    Yeraz 2 October 2015 16: 23 New
    -11
    Russia will only get the hatred of most Arabs and Muslims.
    Here you need to understand one point !! The Americans, with their more advanced electronics and their UAVs, often managed to get into the civilian population. After all, terrorists hide behind them, they are often based where there are a lot of inhabitants and even fire from residential areas. And Russian missiles will hit anyone and in civilians, whether you want it or not. And seeing a photo of already killed civilians, everything will already be secondary.
    And right now in the Muslim segment, even in the CIS countries, there is fierce hatred. The Americans again played everything beautifully, Russia, and not just the Americans, was to blame)))
    1. mark2
      mark2 2 October 2015 20: 19 New
      +2
      Russia will only get the hatred of most Arabs and Muslims.


      Throughout its history, Russia has received only hatred. Hatred of Europe, hatred of Asia and the East. But there is Mother Russia. And it will stand. The main thing for us is that our internal Muslims would live in peace with us, and the hatred of the imported ones is the concern of intelligence, counter intelligence, police, army and navy. If the counteraction mechanism works properly, if everyone who fights against terrorists understands that after each explosion of a building, hospital, metro, home, store, his children, wife, sisters and brothers may be among the victims, then there is no ISIS, no Taliban will not break through.
      I hope that this will happen ... I hope that the Supreme has calculated all the moves and consequences of these actions.

      And at the expense of photos .. What is your evidence? Where and when was this done? And another question, how "peaceful" were those very civilians.
      1. Tornavus
        Tornavus 2 October 2015 22: 42 New
        0
        Quote: mark2
        And at the expense of photos .. What is your evidence? Where and when was this done? And another question, how "peaceful" were those very civilians.

        And who is this ... touching? the most unfortunate moment is that no one will consider the evidence - the perpetrators are identified and the verdict is passed. It’s not a court, it’s pure emotions.
    2. Victorio
      Victorio 2 October 2015 20: 23 New
      0
      Quote: Yeraz
      Russia will only get the hatred of most Arabs and Muslims.
      Here you need to understand one point !! The Americans, with their more advanced electronics and their UAVs, often managed to get into the civilian population. After all, terrorists hide behind them, they are often based where there are a lot of inhabitants and even fire from residential areas. And Russian missiles will hit anyone and in civilians, whether you want it or not. And seeing a photo of already killed civilians, everything will already be secondary.
      And right now in the Muslim segment, even in the CIS countries, there is fierce hatred. The Americans again played everything beautifully, Russia, and not just the Americans, was to blame)))

      ====
      calculation for victory, and all laurels to the winner
  19. morozik
    morozik 2 October 2015 18: 02 New
    +4
    _________________
  20. Vlad5307
    Vlad5307 2 October 2015 19: 28 New
    +2
    Quote: wks
    His other thought: “By purely voluntary effort, he (Putin) took his ravaged country and its overwhelmed armed forces and changed the world. Meanwhile, our stunned president (Obama) is pouting like a high school student promoted by her boyfriend (“ But Volodya ... you promised! ")" And all this the BBC "analyzes" in its publications.

    Here it is appropriate to recall how many times they (Americans) "dynamized" our simpletons, starting with Gorbach and ending with plush Medvedev! And on Volodia they burned themselves - so they need freaks! laughing am
  21. Imperial
    Imperial 2 October 2015 22: 03 New
    +1
    The process is on. The militants of the Islamic State terrorist group began to take their families out of the Syrian city of Raqqa after the start of the military operation of the Russian air forces. This was reported by the Arab television channel Al-Mayadin.
    According to media reports, terrorists are taking their families to Iraq, fearing the start of aerial bombing of the Russian air forces, RIA Novosti reports.
    Original news RT in Russian:
    https://russian.rt.com/article/120829 А это с отваги , пишут Наши накрыли колонну с левой нефтью , если так ,во вою то будет)))
  22. Yak-3P
    Yak-3P 2 October 2015 22: 11 New
    0
    schA our flyers then lift their nose !!! but I'm for !!!
  23. Tornavus
    Tornavus 2 October 2015 22: 38 New
    -1
    What started the war in Syria.

    Ladies and gentlemen, who do not know why the confrontations in Syria began, I explain on the fingers. In one village in Syria, on the houses on the posters, the children wrote: Down with Assad and Bashar Assad should leave.

    The military came, and the children were taken away, tortured for about two weeks. They beat, pulled out nails.
    Because of this, their parents and relatives gathered and asked to let the children go. They did not let the children go. When the relatives began to yell and resent, the response from the military was to them, they say, your women will give birth to new women, and if they can’t, we will help. Relatives marched in Darra. Absolutely peaceful. With only one requirement, let the children go. This demonstration was shot. Since this all started.

    Only after that, people who did not agree with this in different cities began to tear down the posters of Bashar and his father, and the situation began to heat up.
    This is especially for those who do not understand who we are helping and where we got into.
    1. novobranets
      novobranets 3 October 2015 06: 52 New
      0
      Syria is Russia's historical ally, but this is not a key motive in our decision to provide military support to Damascus. The main thing is to preserve, or rather, even to recreate Syria, only strong power can, and Russia is well aware of this. There is no alternative to Assad; objective Western analysts also acknowledge this. His departure - in the event of the fall of Damascus and if it is carried out according to the Iraqi scenario, with the dismantling of the entire machinery of power - will lead to the elimination of a single state. Russia supports the Syrian government precisely on the basis of these considerations - only a single Syria can stop the caliphate, and only the current government can ensure its existence.
      And this is especially for those who do not understand who we are helping and why we are doing it. And where did you get the nonsense that you’re trying to put on your fingers? Do you even read something or something. It’s not worth taking all the information from the attendants near the entrance.