Vann7 wrote:IRAN aid to Syria have been very limited. i will say no more than 5,000 mercenaries and majority of them not even iranians. Syria but also Russia lacks heavily from attack drones in the conflict ,something that could have done a major difference in the battle field. Attack drones with lazer missiles (similar to hellfire) , will have allowed to hit terrorist right above their heads whenever they group together inside a building. Russia airforce cannot achieve that level of precision without using much too expensive means ,with too expensive missiles.
When you go to war , Economy and cost of your weapons is something that cannot be underestimated. it plays a major role. This is why Russia use 99% of the times mostly unguided cheap bombs whenever it bombs terrorist.
So basically what im saying is that the support Syria receive from Russia and IRAN is limited.
for economic reasons and political too. ie.. cease of fire with Americans. etc.
If Russia had developed very cheap ,cost efficient attack drones ,that can fire very cheap guided
missiles ,that Russia will not mind to be studied by NATO either ,it could significantly help to halt the offensives of the terrorist. Why?
- Because drones are more silent. and terrorist are always warned whenever Russia is taking off
from Latakia by NATO. So terrorist warned before hand by NATO radars in Turkey ,whenever
Russia airforce is withing minutes to bomb them, so they seek cover and disperse.
-Drones can be more cost effective than using planes.
- no human loses ,if drone shut down.
For example drones can be very useful in times , terrorist start a major offensive. Terrorist
always start very spread// but when they are inside Syrian army positions ,they end grouped again. you see a lot those videos of terrorist in the hundreds grouped together taking selfies ,
hidding in a building. thats the best time for use those attack drones. Russia airforce using
unguided bombs flying too high is not the most ideal way to deal with the terrorist offensives.
So a cheap to produce ,lazer guided attack drone that can deal a direct hit ,right on the place terrorist grouped could be the most ideal thing. Such drone does not need to be stealth ,since will only bomb Alqaeda and ISIS. I dont think Russia have low cost attack drones ,that can fight at visual distance of target ,exclusively made to deal with guerrilla in urban warfare like in Syria.
Why not use Kalibrs to attack terrorists? Kalibrs fly about 100 meters off the ground. Too low for distant NATO radars to detect to warn terrorists. Kalibrs are very accurate. A few Kalibrs would knock out terrorists in southwestern Aleppo.