just a thought...........
i know Russia said it wouldnt send ground troops into battle, but couldn't they still provide long range artillery?? i mean the chances on casualties would be almost nil,
Russia could easily send th following:
2A36 Giatsint-B including 2S5 Giatsint-S
Russia has loads of this equipment in storage(minus TOS/2s23/2s34) that could be used with great effect. The TOS having the shorter range still wouldnt put it in danger due it having decent protection, both of the Giatsint and the BM's have such a long range the protection issues wouldn't be a problem, some of the equipment could even be used by Syrian ground forces as they currently already use 2S1, 2S3, 2S4, and the BM's. Russia could use Krasnopol and other laser guided ammo all they would have to do is train some of the Syrian grounds troops most likely special forces or Republican guard to use laser designators and your sorted, would be ideal for taking out smaller positions before ground assault and Russia wouldnt have to use expensive air to ground missiles. TOS-1A wide spread destructiveness, added to the the range and point destructiveness of Tyulpan and Pion and the terrorist scum would be turning tail and running or be left dead. All this without Russian troops being put in immediate danger and the Syrian ground forces would find very little resistance after bombardment.
if you really wanted you could use Tochka and Iskander
what ever happened to Syria's Tochka and Iskander? havent heard anything about them, i know tochka was used in the first couple of years of the conflict.
also like to back up what someone said earlier about Russia providing helmets and body armour to Syrian ground troops no info if this has been done but wouldnt be a bad idea for the troops that will be doing the actual ground assaults.