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Business Insider: Russian army shows high efficiency in Syria

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The start of the Russian operation in Syria was a surprise for many specialists and the general public. Naturally, strikes against terrorist objects immediately became the subject of numerous disputes, which continue to this day and are unlikely to end in the near future. Over the past month, experts and the press have expressed various opinions about the course of the Russian operation, from neutral to radical. To date, the situation has begun to change. Even foreign experts are forced to recognize the effectiveness of Russian air strikes.


On October 23, the American edition of Business Insider published an article The Russian military has been effective in Syria (“The Russian army shows high efficiency in Syria”), which discusses the main aspects of the actions of the Russian aerospace forces and the naval fleet. The author of this publication is Commander Garrett I. Campbell, a U.S. Navy pilot and national security specialist at the Brookinsky Institute. The opinion of such a specialist, well versed in matters of air operations, is of particular interest.

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At the beginning of his article, Campbell recalls that shortly after the appearance of the first information about Russian aircraft in Latakia, experts and experts began to speculate about Moscow’s strategy and plans for action in Syria. Different opinions were expressed and a part of them, in the opinion of the author, was erroneous.


Scheme strikes VKS Russia from September 30 to October 20


Many foreign analysts expressed the idea of ​​Russia's weakness militarily. The reason for such statements were various aspects of the air force and naval components of the operation. However, it later became clear that such an assessment of the Russian military potential did not correspond to reality. Over the past few weeks, Russia has demonstrated that it has the necessary capabilities and capabilities, and is also ready to use them to achieve its political goals.

In the air

Russian combat aircraft perform a large number of sorties and strikes against enemy ground targets with notable successes. At the present time, according to G. Campbell's estimates, from 48 to 96 departures are carried out per day. This is an impressive number, and to describe it, the author recalls a recent publication in the New York Times. Its authors noted that Russian aircraft perform the same number of combat missions per day as their colleagues from a coalition led by the United States for a month of work.

The author of Business Insider recalls that under the blow of the Russian aviation not only the divisions of the Islamic State terrorist organization fall (its activities are banned in Russia, and the fight against it is officially declared the goal of the current operation), but also other participants in the current Syrian conflict. In particular, American experts have information about the destruction of several commanders of the so-called. moderate opposition. So, on October 19, Basil Samo was killed, one of the former officers of the Syrian army, who sided with the rebels. It is also known about the death of one of the commanders of the formation of "Nur al-Din al-Zinki."

G. Campbell, analyzing the success of Russian aviation, asks an important question: can the Russian Aerospace Force be able to maintain the existing intensity of sorties and combat work? The answer to this question is rather positive. The former pilot is forced to admit that almost none of the NATO countries can achieve successes comparable to Russian ones. The current situation is an unpleasant lesson for the Alliance, especially against the background of campaigns in Kosovo or Libya.

On the sea

The author also touched on the subject of the Russian Navy, which also took part in the fight against terrorists. Campbell recalls that the state of the Russian Navy had previously received negative evaluations: the fleet was “more rusty than ready to work” (more rust than ready). Nevertheless, the Russian command did everything possible to restore it. The existing ships are being modernized, and the construction of new ones is continuing. The participation of the fleet in the Syrian operation showed its renewed potential. Previously, no one knew that Russian warships could use cruise missiles against ground targets at a distance of about 900 miles.

In the context of the recent successes of the Russian fleet, the author proposes to consider the current programs of the US Navy, in particular the ambitious project Littoral Combat Ship. Mr. Campbell recalls that the first ships of this project, USS Freedom and USS Independence are noticeably larger than ships of the Caspian Flotilla (their displacement is 2900 and 3100, respectively), but are not equipped with cruise missiles or similar attack systems.

Given the capabilities of American and Russian small ships, launching rockets from the Caspian Sea was a real revelation. Moscow, having launched rockets, sent a message to the West, which can be interpreted in various ways. In particular, one of the commentators, to which the author refers, called the Caspian Flotilla a player capable of changing the rules of the game. Small, inexpensive and easy-to-manufacture rocket ships give the Russian fleet new unique capabilities. In addition, they are a demonstration of success in modernizing the Navy, many of which were not previously known to foreign specialists.

Specialists from foreign countries express doubts that the Russian Navy, in particular the Black Sea Fleet, will be able to participate in military operations for a long time. However, such an opinion, according to G. Campbell, may be erroneous. Over the past three years, Russian ships and warships regularly come to the ports of Latakia and Tartus, supplying the Syrian army with weapons and equipment.

During the operation of this route, the volume of traffic is not reduced. Moreover, in connection with the beginning of the military air operation, it can be expected that the quantitative indicators of supplies to Syria will only grow. According to some data, the author notes, the Russian fleet has already begun to increase traffic volumes.

According to Garrett I. Campbell, the Black Sea Fleet is of great importance for Russia and the Syrian authorities. For example, the flagship of the fleet, the missile cruiser "Moscow", not only accompanies the transport ships with cargoes for the Syrian army, but also performs the tasks of air and missile defense in the eastern regions of the Mediterranean.

Opinions affecting the age of Russian ships are expressed. Some experts criticize them, arguing the claims of older technology and the obsolescence of a number of technologies. Campbell admits that in comparison with some representatives of the NATO fleets, Russian ships really look like “old men”. At the same time, he recalls that even old ships are able to effectively accomplish the tasks assigned. In addition, participation in the operations of ships of the Navy speaks of the reviving potential of the Russian armed forces, as well as the desire of Moscow to solve various foreign policy tasks using the army and navy. As a result, Russian ships turn out to be a noticeable threat, which NATO fleet leaders must take into account.

Russia in recent years has been engaged in the restoration of its navy. This program fully fits into the context of the stated and demonstrated tasks of Russian foreign policy. Mr. Campbell believes that those times when it was safe to talk about the imminent collapse and disappearance of the Russian Navy have already passed. Now, analysts should be more cautious in their estimates and not pouring predictions and predictions that are in no way connected with reality.

Do not doubt the Russian potential

The last section of the article by G. Campbell got a catchy headline: Don't doubt Russia's capabilities. After this thesis some final thoughts of the author follow. He considers it important to recall that some assessments of the capabilities of the Russian armed forces may be inaccurate. At the same time, the accuracy of such assessments is not just a matter of facts. Much more of the author is concerned with the risks associated with incorrect assessments of Russia's actions in Syria.

Western analysts, as well as state leaders, often seek to discredit Russia with the help of incorrect assessments of its capabilities. Naturally, Moscow will pay attention to these cases and prove the wrongness of their opponents.

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In connection with the latest events in the international arena, a balanced assessment of the situation, as well as the actions and capabilities of other states, has become very rare. Many experts and politicians are trying to use the existing situation for some personal gain, and therefore prefers to make biased and biased assessments. It is quite understandable that all this does not benefit international relations.

Garrett I. Campbell actually refuses this wrong practice and proceeds to an objective assessment of the current situation. When considering the Russian operation in Syria from neutral positions, it is possible to note the high effectiveness of combat missions. In addition, we should not forget about the navy. Several ships of the Caspian flotilla performed only one massive missile strike, which could affect the position of the countries of the region and change the situation.

It should be noted that the article The Russian military has been effective in Syria of the Business Insider publication is an excellent example of the correct approach to military-political analytics. Its author, not forgetting the position of Washington and the interests of his country, is right in his assessment of the situation and the actions of the Russian armed forces. If in the foreign press such an approach was used more often, and journalists and analysts would strive for the greatest possible objectivity, then the situation in the international arena would be simpler and not causing concern.


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  1. Marconi41
    Marconi41 28 October 2015 06: 31 New
    +6
    When the enemy praises - this is not good!
    1. Tatar 174
      Tatar 174 28 October 2015 06: 51 New
      +16
      Quote: Marconi41
      When the enemy praises - this is not good!

      He does not praise, in a particular case he is forced to admit the truth and objectivity. And in order for truth and objectivity to win, they need to help and promote them in every way and they will notice it.
    2. Sweles
      Sweles 28 October 2015 08: 02 New
      0
      It is necessary to beat more on the roads, not to allow troops and cargo to be moved, and for this we need even more reconnaissance operations.
      1. Angro Magno
        Angro Magno 28 October 2015 08: 37 New
        +5
        To hunt for every donkey?
        As long as there are headquarters and large warehouses - these are the primary goals.
        But when the flight begins ... But these are the goals rather for helicopters and attack aircraft.
        1. Sweles
          Sweles 28 October 2015 15: 51 New
          +2
          Quote: Angro Magno
          To hunt for every donkey?
          As long as there are headquarters and large warehouses - these are the primary goals.
          But when the flight begins ... But these are the goals rather for helicopters and attack aircraft.


          this is not a war when one donkey decides a battle, it is necessary to track the direction of arms deliveries from abroad, and these are Turkey, Iraq and Arabia and the deliveries from there are decent, therefore, to prevent weapons from entering the zone of action will be much more effective than hollowing out small groups in the hot zone ...
      2. wk
        wk 28 October 2015 23: 29 New
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        Quote: Sveles
        It is necessary to beat more on the roads, not to allow troops and cargo to be moved, and for this we need even more reconnaissance operations.

        you need to bomb, set fire to all oil fields and oil refineries .... and ISIL will run out of money at TOYOTA with the DShK and the oil will rise to a hundred parts ..... in the meantime, the bombing of dunes by the hens is a laugh!
  2. SeregaBoss
    SeregaBoss 28 October 2015 07: 50 New
    +3
    A good enemy is a dead enemy! Whatever water they pour, it’s on their mind to destroy and divide Russia.
  3. Billikid
    Billikid 28 October 2015 07: 55 New
    +3
    One thing is bad, that there are very few such authors-analysts abroad. Yes, and notice their articles mainly with us.
  4. cniza
    cniza 28 October 2015 09: 01 New
    +5
    Quote: Billikid
    One thing is bad, that there are very few such authors-analysts abroad. Yes, and notice their articles mainly with us.



    They are not few to their mouths are not allowed to open, but many are afraid and frankly plus there is nothing to be done about the information war. There will be more further, while we are doing everything right.
    1. BARKHAN
      BARKHAN 28 October 2015 17: 25 New
      +5
      And here it’s not always a minus ... The more the official authorities of the West try to close their broadcast for us, the more their common man tries to find out the truth. The forbidden fruit is always sweet. On the subconscious, they feel, if they forbid, it’s dangerous ... And in the era of the Internet, and social resources, information scatters and multiplies at lightning speed.
      And here, according to the laws of the info-war, you can launch a disu about some miracle weapons of ours. Be sure in the form of rumors and "leaks." And the officials of the Moscow Region and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with "foam at the mouth" must refute the presence of "wunderwafen ". And this annoys not only the average man with good imagination but also the intelligence of the enemy.
  5. Balagan
    Balagan 28 October 2015 09: 28 New
    +2
    Maybe we opened up before the NATO early, let us continue to think that we walk along the sea on rusty troughs fellow
  6. vladimirvn
    vladimirvn 28 October 2015 09: 51 New
    +6
    Not early. Sometimes a fight is better to prevent with one glance, with one movement, if the enemy knows what can follow. Therefore, a show of strength often costs less than the fight itself.
    Quote: booth
    Maybe we opened up before the NATO early, let us continue to think that we walk along the sea on rusty troughs fellow
  7. Minsker
    Minsker 28 October 2015 10: 09 New
    -13
    Pontanula Russia with these missiles, and then what? All that was - she promised. And these guys will draw conclusions and prepare seriously. Well, you showed your opponent a wooden sword. He believed and ran away. But he will return. Already with a gun. Well?
    1. Tatar 174
      Tatar 174 28 October 2015 10: 17 New
      +6
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      But he will return. Already with a gun. Well?

      And we give him AKM or even RPG.
      But if seriously, the move was correct and strong. Once the capabilities of the Caliber have been shown, it’s unlikely that anyone will want to watch our other capabilities. And Putin didn’t in vain say on Valdai that "If you can’t avoid a fight, you must beat first." Sobering it up for some McCain. Clever let him hear.
    2. Angro Magno
      Angro Magno 28 October 2015 10: 42 New
      +1
      First, the calibers flew over Iraq. Then the planes will appear. So, everyone will get used to it, then, look, and our base in Iran will appear. Temporarily, of course, for the air cover of the IRGC, while ISIS is not gouging. And there we will continue to work.
    3. Altona
      Altona 28 October 2015 11: 17 New
      +1
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      Pontanula Russia with these missiles, and then what? All that was - she promised. And these guys will draw conclusions and prepare seriously. Well, you showed your opponent a wooden sword. He believed and ran away. But he will return. Already with a gun. Well?

      ---------------
      Like what? Further, we need to develop a diplomatic maneuver, and in this regard we have achieved a lot ... At least some hotheads have cooled ... It's not for nothing that one normal guy said in the transfer of Matvey Govnopolsky's "Echo of Ukraine" that "Russia will not send troops to Ukraine so we’ll all get around "...
    4. alexej123
      alexej123 28 October 2015 12: 05 New
      +3
      Well then, there were good “show-offs” if all the Western media were excitedly discussing this news. Further, DEAR worthless terrorists and murderers to be called boys - they are TERRORISTS and KILLERS. Further, for a "wooden sword" - justify than a "wooden". Or in Ukraine or Belarus there are better swords. from "iron", that is, better than the Russian sword? Give reasons. There are no reasons - do not break the grudge and do not balabol.
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    6. Air Force captain
      Air Force captain 28 October 2015 13: 44 New
      +3
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      Pontanula Russia with these missiles, and then what?
      - it’s not your meager mind ... go dig potatoes
      1. Minsker
        Minsker 28 October 2015 16: 40 New
        -9
        I’ll dig it out. And you will eat your quilted jacket soon, Lomonosov!
        1. andrewkor
          andrewkor 28 October 2015 18: 47 New
          +2
          Goofy, here and lit up "Svidomo-sodomite" sr-th.
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    8. DenZ
      DenZ 28 October 2015 15: 38 New
      +2
      All that was - promises

      Do you think that in Russia there are 26 cruise missiles? Are you so stupid or pretending to be?
      1. Minsker
        Minsker 28 October 2015 16: 45 New
        -7
        No. I don’t think there are 26 of them. I think there are even fewer of them. Unfortunately
        1. Alexander Romanov
          Alexander Romanov 28 October 2015 17: 10 New
          +3
          Quote: Minsk dweller
          . I think they are even smaller. Unfortunately

          Well, think further, but rather go to the Censor, there they will applaud standing.
        2. Ramzaj99
          Ramzaj99 28 October 2015 18: 41 New
          +3
          Quote: Minsk dweller
          No. I don’t think there are 26 of them. I think there are even fewer of them. Unfortunately

          I live near the factory where they are produced in the city of D. (who knows who knows who is not, that is not necessary)))) and my mother works there in S.O.
          And I assure you, not everyone flew away))))))))))))
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    9. andrewkor
      andrewkor 28 October 2015 18: 46 New
      +1
      of course one “Oracle”, bl-n, but it seems from a fraternal country. Rather, a “Cossack mishandled” like the “daughter of an officer” from the Crimea.
  8. Victor-M
    Victor-M 28 October 2015 11: 12 New
    +2
    Opinions are expressed affecting the age of Russian ships. Some experts criticize them, arguing claims with the great age of technology and the obsolescence of a number of technologies. Campbell admits that, in comparison with some representatives of the NATO fleets, Russian ships really look like "old men." Moreover, he recalls that even old ships are able to effectively solve tasks.

    The old horse does not spoil the furrow. wink laughing
  9. pavelty
    pavelty 28 October 2015 12: 44 New
    0
    I read the comments in the original, except for some hohlotroll, the people are more or less adequate, though it’s not clear by nicknames, maybe half of our mishandled ones))
  10. Minsker
    Minsker 28 October 2015 16: 42 New
    -4
    Quote: Tartar 174
    Quote: Minsk dweller
    But he will return. Already with a gun. Well?

    And we give him AKM or even RPG.
    But if seriously, the move was correct and strong. Once the capabilities of the Caliber have been shown, it’s unlikely that anyone will want to watch our other capabilities. And Putin didn’t in vain say on Valdai that "If you can’t avoid a fight, you must beat first." Sobering it up for some McCain. Clever let him hear.

    Yes it would be nice if so who is against it. But the pleasure is very expensive. I also said that you need to show power when it is real. When you can repeat it again and again. Because the second time the enemy will prepare better, and this will not be a surprise to him
    1. andrewkor
      andrewkor 28 October 2015 18: 49 New
      0
      Analyst XP-new. already backward, now I'm waiting for an apology such as "I was not so misunderstood."
  11. Minsker
    Minsker 28 October 2015 16: 56 New
    0
    Quote: alexej123
    Well then, there were good “show-offs” if all the Western media were excitedly discussing this news. Further, DEAR worthless terrorists and murderers to be called boys - they are TERRORISTS and KILLERS. Further, for a "wooden sword" - justify than a "wooden". Or in Ukraine or Belarus there are better swords. from "iron", that is, better than the Russian sword? Give reasons. There are no reasons - do not break the grudge and do not balabol.

    YOU I forgive you. The ur patriots have adopted this appeal. Fuck with you. Now on business
    1. Guys - this is not ISIS of course. And the United States and others like them. Understand. They really took it at face value. And they will really get ready. It’s often customary to start with us and then score. Isn’t it?
    2. A wooden sword in the sense that a few ostentatious rockets are not yet a force. That's when they can be scattered in bundles without counting and everyone will hit the target - then this is a steel sword. But it is very, very expensive. The arms race knocked down the Union. And he was not a couple of Russia today. Do Americans and the Russian Federation want to bleed themselves in the same way?
    3. I did not say that Belarus has the best weapons. But sometimes it's better to have brains than rockets. And about Ukraine in general there was no question that you rinse it everywhere to the place and out of place?
    4. I have no malice. Why did you decide that the patriot is the one who sings praises at the mouth with everything and everyone in his country? What is good is good. But sometimes it’s more useful to notice the flaws in order to get rid of them and become even stronger. Or we’ll say like Bogod Titomir say "I did not crap, I fucked up cool!" The essence of this does not change. The father smacks his son not because he hates him, but quite the opposite. He doesn’t want him to grow up. Think, praisers. In general, I sometimes feel that this site has been created by the State Department. To lull vigilance. Like, sleep, bear, sleep, you're fine!
    1. Alexander Romanov
      Alexander Romanov 28 October 2015 17: 09 New
      +2
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      2. A wooden sword in the sense that a few ostentatious rockets are not yet a force

      Yes, then tell me how many cruise missiles are now in service with Russia, from ships and submarines to planes? Announce the list of carriers and the total quantity.
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      and everyone will hit the target -

      And what were the mistakes?
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      3. I did not say that Belarus has the best weapons. But sometimes it's better to have brains than rockets.

      Belarus has neither one nor the other and there is no money either.
      1. VALERIK_097
        VALERIK_097 28 October 2015 18: 29 New
        +1
        But Old Man is trying to sit on two chairs, but alas, it doesn’t happen. Hateful statements, the GDP is swallowing yet. But I think so at the next hockey game, it’s sure to smash the board — nothing personal — the game
    2. nikpwolf
      nikpwolf 28 October 2015 19: 42 New
      +4
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      Understand. They really took it at face value. And they will really get ready.

      We understand. So they shot. They really prepare without it. 161 mld. military budget. Much more real. Now the Pentagon is thoughtful. Dates of full combat readiness have to be postponed.
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      It’s often customary to start with us and then score.

      We decided to harness for a long time, and then drive fast.
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      A wooden sword in the sense that a few ostentatious rockets is not yet a force. That's when they can be scattered in bundles without counting and everyone will hit the target - then this is a steel sword.

      Well, in order to convince the “boys” and the guy from Minsk who joined them that the sword “in kind” is steel, we have to arrange ship firing every day? And what will be our need? This is not a salute. Yes, and that is not every day. And so, everything that flew hit where it should, when needed and how much. We need to.
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      I did not say that Belarus has the best weapons. But sometimes it's better to have brains than rockets.

      It is better to have brains and rockets for them. But there are brains. Because there are rockets too. And they do not fly in packs in different directions "not counting."
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      And about Ukraine in general there was no question that you rinse it everywhere to the place and out of place?

      No, well, plywood resins, non-flying dryers, sinking ships - these are our "brothers" from Ukraine about us. And now "ostentatious rockets." Reminds me of something.
      Quote: Minsk dweller
      In general, I sometimes feel that this site has been created by the State Department. To lull vigilance. Like, sleep, bear, sleep, you're fine!

      Nah. The bear is not sleeping. The bear (including on this site) studies the materiel, sometimes, not without success, uses it. And read carefully that all is well no one considers. There are problems. And Bear will solve them. Anyway.
  12. WERSTA.
    WERSTA. 28 October 2015 19: 58 New
    +1
    To be proactive in new directions of armament means to achieve greater effect with small means. Refined technologies lose their advantage in comparison with simple approaches. For example ... A small boat can defeat an aircraft carrier at a distance of 1500-3000 km. Everything is ingenious is simple! This motto is simple! This motto I’ve always been the leader of the Russians. Recall the T-34. It’s easy to control and most effective in battle. Russian ingenuity is perhaps primitive, but it is as effective as possible.