What amuses me most is that Tseluyko states "The Georgian Army also had a large quantity of 9K111 Fagot and 9K111M Faktoria (AT-4), and 9K113 Konkurs (AT-5) anti-tank guided-missile systems" .... now that's utter nonsense, almost laughable. What does he base that grandiose statement on ?
If that was actualy the case, then why did the Georgians not make use of that tacticaly highly significant capability .... ? just one unit equipped with one of those weapons managed to stall the entire Russian advance untill Vostok troops cleared them out. There was only one or two occasions that indicated Georgia posessed a number of modern anti-tank capabilities. One was the shelling of the Russian convoy near Zemo Nikosi where the Russians lost a few vehicles to artillery and ATGM fire ( mostly artillery though ), and afaik only one Fagot launcher was found in the forest during the counterattack and one Georgian artillery observer who got killed. Then I remember that the Russian army captured some other launcher or two when seizing weapon bunkers - if that's even true. Georgians deployed D-44s to fight a potential Russian attack on Tbilisi .... D-44s .... The Georgian army didn't receive notable quantities of anti-tank weapons, namely Fagot and Konkurs untill mid-late 2009 when they were for the first time used in manouvers - "Shield 2009" and a few Metis not very long ago. That was the first time designated anti-tank battallions were consequently equipped with ATGM launchers. 2008 is the reason why Georgia desperately started to search for ways to acquire ATGMs and up untill just recently Ukraine was the only supplier of such weapons. The casualty figures are as allways bloated and if you trust some other Russian claims from that time, than virtualy the Georgian army ceased to exist in 2008 as it practicaly suffered millions of losses. Though it is true, the "Navy" got sunk and a few dozen tanks and IFV's lost and captured ( wouldn't have been so painfull if it weren't all 15 modernised BMPs ), as well as prob a few hundred or thousand firearms seized from the various weapon bunkers in SO. But we did neither lose almost all of the air defence, neither all of the airforce ( in fact, none of the bombers were even damaged ) and most other stuff remained intact, especialy the rotor wing. We did however lose a number of fixed-and rotor aircraft on ground. Artillery suffered a little too especialy during the Borjom bombing. We lost all Pions except one afaik and some Danas and a number of mortars and howitzers, still not even close to heavy but still notable. Most of the radars were in fact destroyed and the air defense suffered quite some losses, but not even close to total. The only realy sensitive losses were those 1 or 2 Spyders and 1 or 2 Buks that fell into enemy hands and got later destroyed. But on the other hand manpads proved to be more valuable than any of the close-mid range AA's, which the Georgians still had difficulties to operate.
But I don't blame Russia, the Georgian goverment back then also claimed to have practicaly dismantled the Russian 58th army destroying at least 100 tanks and god knows how many aircraft ^^