On March 17, the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA) released an exclusive video showing a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) tank equipped with a local-made active protection system (APS) jamming a guided anti-tank missile (ATGM) during clashes on an unspecified front.
In the video [4:23], a Metis ATGM, which can be identified by the IR flare mounted on one of its unique triple fins, can be seen passing meters away from a T-72 battle tank equipped with a Sarab-2 APS.
ANNA’s journalist claimed in the video that the system is of Iranian origins. However, the Within Syria Blog had revealed that the system was developed by the Syrian Scientific Research Center (SSRC).
According to a report released by the blog in 2017, Sarab-2 APS, that’s an infrared jammer, has over 80% effectiveness against all semi-automatic command to line of sight (SACLOS) guided ATGMs, such as the Russian Metis missile seen in the video. The System has an operational time of more than 10 hours.
The introduction of the system’s first generation, known as Sarab-1, in 2015 has significantly reduced the SAA’s armour loses. Tanks equipped with different variants of the system are reportedly taking part in the ongoing military operation around Idlib.