Vann7 wrote:eehnie wrote:ultimatewarrior wrote:eehnie wrote:I do not see Russia interested in an international escalation of the war. In the current situation, Russia needs not to increase its presence in Syria. I only would expet to do it, if other countries increase their presence in Syria, as answer. At this point Israel (Golan), Turkey and the US are officially present in Syria, but not in enough amounts to defeat Syria, even not in enough amounts to sustain the front.
And what happens when SAA runs out of tanks? There are millions of TOW missiles. There aren't millions of tanks. It is not in Russia's interest to drag out the war in Syria indefinitely. Stability in Syria is Russia's interest, not perpetual war. That would play into the hands of Israel and America.
1.- Syria is still fighting with T-55 and T-62, and looking at the amounts available still, will not have shortage of them in years.
2.- Syria also has man-portable Surface-Surface weapons. The Syrian opposition has today much bigger problems of shortage of tanks.
3.- Stability in Syria is good for Russia with a friend gouvernment. Also stability in Syria is the best for the US and Israel, with a friend gouvernment. Both sides want stability, but the gouvernments they want are the opposite. Today Russia is closer to the success than the US and Israel, despite the TOW missiles.
Almost majority of the tanks when hit by RPG or TOW missiles can be repaired.
Only a minority ends completely destroyed when hits the ammo of the tank.
How do they plug a hole? HEAT makes a hole in the tank.