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.
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.
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.