d_taddei2 wrote:I did mention Afv and there is different types of fire support depending on threat and need and modern (last 10 years at least) fire support tend to now be 20-40mm guns on Afv or recce vehicles this list I provided have all been used for such role. so Russia could send Bmp-1 an example you gave they have loads in storage. I did of course mention in previous post that 2S1 had been used like this using anti armour rounds but if used in this role surely rocket screens could have been fitted for added protection but of course against TOW pointless but still you would think it would be fitted against other missile threats.
Actually, certain factions of the SAA received in june a fresh batch of fully refurbished BMP-2's, alongside a number of 2S9 self propelled mortars. Since then, more vehicles have probably already been delivered.
This on top of large amounts of BMP-1's already delivered previously.
Fact is, that this equipment goes where the Russians want it to go, which is either of the following :
- Places where Russian assets need to be protected ( air bases mostly)
- Places where reliable or Russian trained factions are engaged in fighting.
Its been noteworthy that the Russians seem to steer clear of the Eastern Damascus countryside. In my opinion this is rightfully so. This is just another meat grinder, where there is not enough to be gained as far as Russia is concerned.
For the SAA and its Iranian Allies however, this is an important patch of rubble for various reasons.
This is just an example of a faction of using whatever they have available to "outgun" their opponent.
If they had been given BMP-2's by Russia, then we would now be watching a parked BMP-2 getting blown up in exactly the same fashion.
The only way to clear these areas is by massive waves of infantry overrunning enemy strong points, following constant aerial bombardment/artillery barrages (See Aleppo 2016).
We have seen the SAA use everything from Shilka's to BMP-2's to main battle tanks to mine clearing vehicles in such urban areas, all of which performed only mediocre at best in such conditions.
The SAA does what it can to improve the performance of its armor with the resources it has available, which is very little to be honest. The lack of training and experience however continues to be painfully obvious.
Hopefully by the end of the year we can see some BMPT crews in action. I doubt it will be in East Damascus tho.