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Militants Used Tank Decoys To Trick Syrian, Russian Warplanes (Photos)

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On August 23, the Abkhazian Network News Agency (ANNA) released photos of a decoy tank, which was made by the militants to trick Russian and Syrian warplanes.

The fake tank, which was made from wood and plastic and had printed tracks, was reportedly stationed in the vicinity of the newly-captured town of Kafr Zita in the northern Hama countryside.

Militants Used Tank Decoys To Trick Syrian, Russian Warplanes (Photos)

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Militants Used Tank Decoys To Trick Syrian, Russian Warplanes (Photos)

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Militants Used Tank Decoys To Trick Syrian, Russian Warplanes (Photos)

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Despite being carefully placed; the decoy didn’t apparently trick the Russian Aerospace Forces nor the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) as it was almost intact with no burn marks or any shrapnel holes.

Nearby the decoy, a destroyed M-46 130mm artillery piece and a pick-up truck can be seen. This further confirms that Russian and Syrian warplanes were able to identify the real targets.

Militants Used Tank Decoys To Trick Syrian, Russian Warplanes (Photos)

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Militants Used Tank Decoys To Trick Syrian, Russian Warplanes (Photos)

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ISIS used similar tricks during its final months in Iraq. However, to no avail. The use of this technique by Syrian militants reflects their desperation, and the high-efficiency of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the SyAAF.

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  • Robert Mullin

    This tricked worked well for the Russians in WW2 but times have changed obviously. Haha.

    • skinnerreturns

      It worked for the N Koreans, Vietnamese and Serbians so far.

      Always against US forces! You would think they could learn from so much failure, instead of teaching ISIS what not to do.

    • Prince Teutonic

      Tricked the Germans with Normandy landing. Allies had huge number of dummy tanks near Dover…

  • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

    These decoys apparently only tricks NATO.
    Once again, just ask the Serbs

    • Barba_Papa

      In all fairness, that was more then 20 years ago. Smart weaponry and targeting has gone a long way since. In 20 years we went from propeller driven aircraft in 1945 to mach 2 aircraft with stand off weapons and guided missiles. We can’t assume NATO militaries (as in the US military) is still using the same tactics and technology as it did in that war. Complacency like that is what causes nations to lose in wars. You have to assume your enemy has wizened up and is at least as smart as you are. Or you get fucked in war.

      • Feudalism Victory

        Lol. Sounds about right.

        Like believing all the stories about how bad f35s are. Then when things get serious ammo dumps start spontaneously combusting all over the world…

        • @Inc2Get

          Sure, everyone has untouchable aircrafts against countries with little to no air defence systems. If the F-35 is so badass, how come Israel only conducts airstrikes from Lebanon and never seems to enter syrian air space?

          • Nowruz

            Don’t forget, the IAF also uses civilian aircraft and mountains as a shield.

          • You can call me Al

            One did get shot down by a Syrian S-200, but they blamed it on a bird strike.

          • Jens Holm

            1) Most other people here know, the Israelians has an agreement about attacking Irianians and Irianian helpers in Syria with the Russians,which dont like the Irinians as well.

            2) I am sure the F35 is a very good airplane and a level better then F16 and F18. Its main problemes arei ts very expensive to the price and have had too many failures in the building proces.

        • Chris P

          Not even a dent to the Iranian military machine. These tricks do work, but must be done correctly. Like using old tanks that are not worth servicing, or making a lot of tank tracks in the ground, using metal not fabric, and heaters. etc… We remember Vietnam, and how technology won the day for USA. What about the 5500 dead Americans in Iraq, where did technology get them? Go underground is the big learning lesson and use TOW missiles. Infantry vs. Infantry in the end. Hit hard.

          • Jens Holm

            You seemes to forget the losses USA could have had having no protection.

        • Barba_Papa

          Well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you throw enough money at a problem chances are you will get it fixed eventually. And they threw a LOT of money at the F-35. And its not like Iraq has much of an air defense network of its own. So its not like you need highly advanced stealth aircraft to bomb some Shia group’s ammo dump. If anything that would be serious overkill. I reckon the IDF could do so with any of its older F-15 and F-16’s without a hitch. All the more so since Jordan and Saudi Arabia wouldn’t lift a finger to stop them anyway.

      • EveryoneIsBiased

        True points you made, especially Russian tech has evolved into the digital world and has made leaps and bounds. But Russia also has now amazing experience in targeting Jihadists. That likely plays a role too.
        I guess the analysts who choose targets now have systems with algoryhtms that can help to detect decoys.
        With machine learning, this can be automated with ease. It would suprise me that Russia would not have those tech, now that even hobbyist can programm machine learning.
        A new era truly.

        • Icarus Tanović

          Yes they have analysts and algorithms, as well as softwares to do the job. Both America and Russia had those twenty years ago going full steam. Milosevic was Holbrook’s, CIA, and American player, agent if you wish.
          As for the technology they had 50 or more years implemented various early warnings, friend or foe, plastic-metal recognition softwares. And it is called ‘modern technology’.

      • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

        Without a doubt technology and many of the tactics have changed since then, but ive seen reports from when i was in Iraq in 2006/2007 and from friends who went to afghanistan after that, that the freedomfighters printed out mortars and laid it out on the ground, then coalition forces bombed it.
        And they painted the ground on a tarp, and then hanged it over mortars and weapons to be missed by intel, so the basic stuff still works.

        • Jens Holm

          Yes, I am sure many fake tunnels has worked too in Iraq as well as Syria and do today.

    • Raptar Driver

      NATO was too afraid to bomb the hospitals and other civilians targets at low altitude so it worked well but the Russians with the Su-25 can tell the difference.

      • Jens Holm

        Thats not correct. Your socalled low altitude is replaced by much smarter bombs by mainly americans.

        France and UK have them too – but very expensive.

        Nothing strange in Russians and Assads can bombarde from low altitude, when the enemy below hardly can shoot back…

        • Raptar Driver

          They had smart bombs in 1999 and still they missed most times at high altitude which is why they had to bomb one target multiple times; I am sure the tech is more accurate now but the longer a projectile has to travel the more that can go wrong. The one thing they taught me in the Air Force that was true is K.I.S.S. keep it simple stupid, the Russians don’t over complicate and this works.

          • Jens Holm

            F16s fx has used laser guided missiles guided by hiiden troops on the ground.

            I partly agree about the russian version of Yours.

  • Rhodium 10

    the only tricked have been the Turks…they thought that SAA will never retake North Hama..

  • BMWA1

    Looks like Ukraine army tanks

    • AM Hants

      Azov engineering,no doubt. Do believe Ukraine sends a lot of what it has, over to Syria.

  • Prince Teutonic

    UAV operator just needs to switch view to thermal…

    • skinnerreturns

      Which was why the Serbs used heaters to fool NATO.

    • Icarus Tanović

      Well, radar can do that trick for them. Or switch to ultramagnetic waves…no decoy against that. With simple sonar instaled submarine can tell what is made of plastic, what is rock, and what is made out of metal.

  • gustavo

    With or without tricks terrorists has been sent to hell by Russia-Syria.

  • Toronto Tonto

    Its pretty easy to fool a Russian , they are not very bright .

    • EveryoneIsBiased

      That decoy was not targeted, so you just proved you can even read in your mother language.
      Like the Donald says: “Sad.”

    • seawolf

      did you get your medicine?

    • Paul

      Making generalised statements about a whole population isn’t very bright.

    • JerryDrake

      You, obviously have problems, either with your eyes or with your brain (if you have a brain at all)!

    • russ

      Oh you little soy boy spooler…

    • Occam’s Razor

      Despite being carefully placed; the decoy didn’t apparently trick the Russian Aerospace Forces nor the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) as it was almost intact with no burn marks or any shrapnel holes.
      Nearby the decoy, a destroyed M-46 130mm artillery piece and a pick-up truck can be seen. This further confirms that Russian and Syrian warplanes were able to identify the real targets.
      Well played Vlad..

  • Ooga Booga

    They don’t give off any heat signature so it’s easy to tell the real thing from fake.

  • russ

    If it wasn’t for our(US) and Turkey’s supplying ISISrael this would be their actual main battle tanks.

  • adzsiam

    These amateurs want to deceive the pioneers of maskirovka?!! Try harder!

  • Joe Dickson

    Shows lack of Russian intelligence.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    LOL, that didn’t work out too well did it, back to the drawing board.
    With Russia’s spy satellites in orbit there’s not a thing bigger than a motorcycle that can move anywhere in Idlib without the Russians knowing about it, so as soon as anything real and functioning moves out of hiding, either the Russians or the SAAF are straight on it bombing it to pieces.
    Modern technology versus the stone age, LOL, not much else I can say, LOL.

  • goingbrokes

    Brits used to do this too…

  • goingbrokes

    Trolls were absent during the last offensive and its successes. Today they are all back! Shows they are acting under instructions. Pathetic losers and day-jobbers.

  • Bill Wilson

    That decoy would’ve been easy to detect since the ground behind the “tank” shows no signs of being churned up by tracks.