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68,000 Russian Servicemen Gained Combat Expirience In Syria: Military

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68,000 Russian Servicemen Gained Combat Expirience In Syria: Military

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On January 3rd, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) revealed the number of Russian troops that have participated in the Syrian conflict, the official MoD TV channel Zvezda reported.

The Russian operation in the Syrian Arab Republic began on September 30th, 2015, after being invited to do so by the Syrian government. In total, 87,000 militants have been eliminated, including 830 commanders.

As of the end of 2018, upwards of 68,000 Russian servicemen had gained combat experience in Syria. According to data from the end of September 2018, since the beginning of the operation 112 Russian servicemen had died.  Almost half of them were victims of the An-26 plane crash that crashed on March 6 at the Russian Khmeimim base, and the IL-20, shot down on September 17th.

In terms of hardware, Russia has lost 8 military airplanes and 7 helicopters.

According to official data, 87% of the crews of operational-tactical aviation of the Russian Federation, 91% of the personnel in the army aviation, 97% of the personnel in military transport and 60% of the long-range personnel received combat experience.

The Russian Aerospace Forces support the ground operations of the Syrian Army. Russia has the Hmeimim airbase in the Lattakia province and a naval base in Tartus. A significant reduction of Russian military presence in Syria was announced in December 2017.

The number of troops that took part, show that the Russian armed forces are using the Syrian conflict to provide its servicemembers with real combat experience. Mostly, its pilots and commanders.

In terms of ground troops, in 2019 the Russian Armed Forces will take part in seven exercises with foreign colleagues.

According to the annual plan for international military cooperation in 2019, units of the Land Forces will have to demonstrate their skills in Egypt, India, Mongolia and Tajikistan, where they will take part in the Friendship Arrow 2019, Indra-2019, Selenga 2019 and Unbreakable Brotherhood 2019 exercises. Joint exercises with the Land Forces of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic will be held for the first time.

The units of the Southern Military District will also host servicemen from the Algerian people’s Democratic Republic and Islamic Republic of Pakistan at their training grounds.

Thus, there is no shortage of training opportunities for the Russian troops, but real combat experience generally proves more valuable than simply a mock war game.

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  • Tommy Jensen

    680 000 US/NATO military servicemen gained war combat experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Ukraine. Ten times more than Russia……………..………………LOL.

    • Nosferatu

      But unlike US, Russia does not started these wars. Russia is gaining experience for their soldiers by helping others, US by attacking others.

    • Lena Jones

      So hiding behind ISIS skirts is now considered “combat experience”? LOL.

      Get outta town with your false equivalency!

    • Jamie9260

      Yeah and accomplished F-ALL at least the Russians made a difference!!

    • Angelo Cinarelli

      Yes, and of course IN GOD YOU TRUST!!

    • Daniel Apaza

      And many are sick with PTSD with a lot committing suicide.

      • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

        True, and sadly no one care to talk about those loses.
        They are quietly hidden and swept under the carpet by the government and military in many countrys

    • John Brown

      Yes USSA experience in how to lose as opposed to Russia’s experience of how to win. I have no doubt which is more valuable.
      As for the US armed forces, they have been tremendously successful in killing a very large amount of people, as always, mostly civilians, but they failed to get anything actually done, at least not if one understands that the purpose of war is not just to kill people, but is the “continuation of politics by other means“

      • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

        Russia/soviet have lost wars too.

        Agree with your second statement.

        • John Brown

          Russia/soviet have lost wars too. Yes but that was over 30 years ago in the 1980s. I am talking about recent experience that counts for current operational readiness.

          • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

            Arh ok 👍

    • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

      Yeah so?
      Its a stamp of quality?
      “Look ma, all the wars we’ve been in”

      And remember to deduct those who have been deployed more than once.

  • Brother Ma

    What the hell is long -range personnel? Commando units?

    • Bill Wilson

      I guess so. SF could do better with their translations.

  • John Whitehot

    “The number of troops that took part, show that the Russian armed forces are using the Syrian conflict to provide its servicemembers with real combat experience. Mostly, its pilots and commanders.”

    Bad try.

    The accumulation of combat experience is an effect, not a cause for the Russian intervention.

    What are ya going to invent tomorrow.

  • verner

    it might come in useful one of these day. and whatever you think.very few nato-members are really that hot on the trot to go to war against russia although the dumb fu–ck stoltenberg will do whatever he’s told to say trying to lure all members to dance to the same tune!