Sorry Vann, this is bullshit!
Syrian army have enough equiptment, they need more men (capable and courageous)!
You can easy neutralize a SVBIED with a antique tank, a rpg etc. Mines and booby traps are unknown to SAA? I CAN'T really understand how SVBIED can be a problem for syrian army? Complete incomprehensible to me!!! Even a dozen SVBIED is no excuse. It's a flat desert terrain around Tabqa, you can see a vehicle from uncredible far distance. What the syrian guys thought would come with vehicle and a dustcloud? Nice girls wanna making love with them? They had enough time to react! And they withdrawed not 10 km or so, they withdrawed over 50 km!!! There is no reason for this disaster only poor morale, panic, fear and bad planning.
And the argument IS attacking at night, artillery should be able to illuminate battlefield at the right moment and some units will have night vision devices! Even not every IS soldier is equipped with night vision googles.
You obviously didn't saw the video how the Russian spetnaz was killed by a suicide bomber.
there was a tank and two other vehicles armed with heavy machine guns and all failed to stop the terrorist car. The tank for being old was not very precise on its shooting and was only bombing the sand helping to cover the incomming terrorist/suicide bomber. In the end a single terrorist in a mobile car wiped the Russian spetnaz and many others in a giant explosion.
And this was only 1 suicide bomber in a fast car ,possibly armored. imagine a wave of many dozens of suicide bombers as was reported in RAQQA? Obviously you have no clue
of what is happening in Syria or how dangerous and effective are terrorist tactics ,if you do not have the correct hardware to deal with them.
The terrorist also gets a truck and fill it with a ton of tnt , and reinforce the truck with armor to last a little more time before stopped by anti tank weapons. by the time the truck is stopped ,
it can be too late ,since the explosion shock wave will cover more than 100 meters and any military near that range killed.
Anti tanks missiles or RPGs are not the ideal weapon to defeat very fast moving waves of
suicide bombers ,specially when non accurate artillery is used and miss and only helps to cover
the advancing terrorist ,helping them to get closer. then you have the problem of not knowing
who is targeting who , So not more than one is aiming at the same target.
You need automatic targeting,computer guided, guns of high caliber 30mm to 100mm to target such terrorist attacks , ideally in a targeting network ,where a central unit automatically assign
the targets for each tank or armored vehicle to hit with its cannon. The speed of direct fire high caliber guns ,combined with automatic computer aided targeting is the ideal way to deal with waves of fast moving terrorist that needs to be killed very fast before they reach your zone.
Syrian army have nothing of that in RAQQA.. a T-90 or modern T-72b3 can do it but is not enough ,but you need at least a dozen of them , to target a massive wave of suicide bombers carrying a lot of TNT ,that could be moving in motorbikes or is small armored vehicles towards their direction.
Simply Syrian army is not properly armed to deal with such kind of attacks and PERIOD.
the dead of a Russian spetnaz and filmed on camera how he died proof my point. 3-4 armored cards with 22mm guns and with an old tank and a spetnaz were unable to stop a single terrorist car moving in their direction.
The terrorist are even using chemical weapons provided by Turkey dropped from artillery. and Syrian army is not prepared either for that. have no anti chemical weapon gear. and to make things worse Syrian army had no close air support ,like attack hellicopters. lol Simply Syria army does not have the military hardware to deal with such kind of very unusual tactics. you need strong close air support that can evade terrorist provided stinger missiles .Which Syria do not have. Only Russian airforce have that. but Russia small airforce was reduced to a dozen of planes. that can't be in every part of Syria at same time.
A permanent strong close air support that can wipe waves of terrorist and defeat manpads ,supporting ground troops , is required for that. or at least a strong modern armored infantry
with precision direct fire support ,will do the job too. either a dozen of Mi-28/mi-35 or a dozen of t-90 with automatic targeting, can do that job , or better to have both. The use of non precision weapons like artillery or mortars ,that are mostly useful against static targets or slow moving ones , will only help cover the terrorist advance with the dust and smoke they create.
and the fact that ISIS are using NATO provided Chemical weapons cannot be ignored either.
So before judging Syrian army , "incompetence" go and see first what kind of equipment they are using and the tactics NATO and middle east allies in cooperation with ISIS use. A Russian spetnaz was killed by just one suicide bomber ,and i dont see anyone saying Russia incompetence. then how are we going to judge Syrian army when it cannot fight waves of them
in combination with chemical attacks? Simply ,Syrian army is not properly armed to fight the best armed terrorist and counter its massive suicide tactics ,without too much casualties on their side .
Russia needs to properly arm the Syrian army or at least provide very strong close air support
and precision bombing ,similar to the one they used in Palmyra if they want Syrian army to capture RAqqa.