You searched for: Content Type Special Report Remove constraint Content Type: Special Report Publishing Institution Foreign Policy Research Institute Remove constraint Publishing Institution: Foreign Policy Research Institute Publication Year within 1 Year Remove constraint Publication Year: within 1 Year Publication Year within 10 Years Remove constraint Publication Year: within 10 Years Topic Air Force Remove constraint Topic: Air Force
- Author: Anton Lavrov
- Publication Date: 10-2020
- Content Type: Special Report
- Institution: Foreign Policy Research Institute
- Abstract: Before the start of the military intervention in Syria in 2015, even top Russian generals were uncertain what the result would be. Shortly before the start of the intervention, the Russian Aerospace Forces (RuAF) received hundreds of new airplanes and helicopters and new “smart” precision weapons. Almost all of them had never been tested in real combat. The pilots and commanders also did not have combat experience and were trained by textbooks filled with outdated concepts and tactics. The five years of war in Syria have been the most intense period of transformation for the RuAF since the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The Russian military not only gained an unprecedented amount of experience, but also made substantial improvements in tactics and strategy.
- Topic: Military Affairs, Military Intervention, Conflict, Syrian War, Air Force
- Political Geography: Russia, Eurasia, Middle East, Syria