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    nice that a lot more pic's were found

    and please keep all biased political comments by yourself, im realy sure that i maked this thread not for flaming

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeev View Post
    Don't want to appear as an "arrogant israeli" but the bad state of the syrian army seems pretty alarming, at least, from what we can see in those pics..

    Are these pics enough to make a correct idea about the current syrian military?
    lol .. nothing arrogant in an accurate analysis !

    Yeap the Syrian army is not in really good state
    no fund ---> no modern equipment + conscription (which is seen as a little borring and dangerous by many young syrians .. the "life " in syrian winter outposts in Golan is awful).

    but (always a but !) .they learn some lessons from 2006. and from 82'
    They know that' they have no chance to challenge Tsahal in an conventional armored battle or in air dominance and they learnt after 73 that an israeli armored blitz could quickly threat Damascus.

    For them the only chance to obtain at least a military "Pat" in a confrontation with Israel is to adapt units, strategy, and doctrin for an asymetric warfare as Hizb-i-allah did. So in the next years they will probably adapt their forces with more anti tank squads, and try to obtain more modern light and mobile surface to air launchers (Iranian MANPADS Mishag, chinese, NK and maybe Belarus upgrade).

    But for that they need money, but less than they need to buy modern fighters and tanks !
    --->It's the only option they have !

    IMHO the military situation with israel is frozen....till it's the same gvt in Damascus. The syrian ballistic capabilities could be seen as a low tech deterence.

    Btw do you know that wolf in arabic is Ze'b... (definitely so close !!
    Last edited by Keith; 08-06-2009 at 02:56 PM. Reason: to zeev.;.. zeev..... Ze'b ..my mistake !

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    Quote Originally Posted by cltknight View Post

    M48A3 Captured from The IDF




    Guys, as Mathieu said before this is a M48A1 that used to be Lebanese Army tank not israeli. An ex-lebanese M113 ACAV can be seen in the Damascus display and painted as 'israeli'
    As for military pictures of the Syrian Army, don't dream guys, it's almost impossible to have something on that subject. Else than news photos and some lucky shots, Syrians do not have the culture of showing their military stuff.
    The best collection of syrian military vehicles can be seen in Samer Kassis book '30 years of military vehicles in Lebanon'

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    Syrian Army with copy of US Camo pattern ( made in china ?)

    the second one

    B. Assad and Defense Minister Gen. David Rajiha Chief of General Staff and Gen. Ali Habib, Mohamed Mahmoud, Vice-Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the armed forces.
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    Yeap the Syrian army is not in really good state
    no fund ---> no modern equipment + conscription (which is seen as a little borring and dangerous by many young syrians .. the "life " in syrian winter outposts in Golan is awful).
    you are painting the picture to dark

    syrian army is surly not in realy good shape but every year the situation is improving a bit more and more, new air defence systems were bougth etc.

    how the situation with leadership and training is, is not clear but surly the learned a LOT from so many wars and conflicts with israel and surly sum up from that

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    syrian army is surly not in realy good shape but every year the situation is improving a bit more and more, new air defence systems were bougth etc.
    Few systems were bought.. And that is first major purchase in how many years?

    how the situation with leadership and training is, is not clear but surly the learned a LOT from so many wars and conflicts with israel and surly sum up from that
    Yeah.. Syrians always "learn" but always commit the same mistakes over and over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    Btw do you know that wolf in arabic is Ze'b...
    indeed, the reason of my name, and also of a great man I admire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    Btw do you know that wolf in arabic is Ze'b... (definitely so close !!

    That's normal, arabic and hebrew are both semitic languages and very close in fact. Like the word merkava in hebrew is markaba in arabic which means chariot.

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    Hope those aren't a repost:


    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (L) and his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias review the honour guards at al-Shaeb presidential palace in Damascus June 24, 2009.

    Syrian troops are seen at an observation point along the Syrian-Lebanese borders in the eastern Bekaa region on October 31, 2008.

    Syrian troops deploy on the northern side of the Syrian-Lebanese borders on September 22, 2008.

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    Great, I have seen the bottom picture but only in an avatar size format.
    Thanks Tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    Nop sir.. In Damascus, they are plenty of them around jisr al-rais, militaries building in mezzeh and the Presidence Palace, along Baas MIB (both are not really compliant with photo)..

    The syrian army schools (Infantry artillery and armored) are at Homs and Aleppo.
    mmm interresting. . .
    I couldn't figure out the rank though (looks like there's none)
    that's why I presumed they were cadets

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    btw last year the syrian high command was showing interrest in buying the Iskander missiles from russia.
    I also heard about a possible purchase of MIG 31
    both issues seem to have disturbed the israeli govenment at that time
    does any one know if those deals were finalised?

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    What is your opinion on the real order of battle of the Syrian airforce? How many aircraft are flyable/combat capable?

    The figures in Wiki don't take in account that many of those are no longer operational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cltknight View Post
    M48A3 Captured from The IDF

    Plain Lie: this M48 was stolen from Lebanese army

    AMX VCI captured from IDF
    Plain lie again. Also stolen from Lebanese.
    (plus, a really stoopid lie: Israel never bought any AMX-13 VCIs)

    Israeli Centurion captured by the Syrians
    Plain lie again: this is an ex-Jordanian centurion.

    The Syrian army is so desperate for any propaganda successes that they lie through their teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheArmenian View Post
    What is your opinion on the real order of battle of the Syrian airforce? How many aircraft are flyable/combat capable?

    The figures in Wiki don't take in account that many of those are no longer operational.
    Armenian.. Take a look at this.. This is probably the most detailed Syrian OOB you can get.

    http://www.inss.org.il/upload/(FILE)1238067421.pdf

    btw last year the syrian high command was showing interrest in buying the Iskander missiles from russia.
    I also heard about a possible purchase of MIG 31
    both issues seem to have disturbed the israeli govenment at that time
    does any one know if those deals were finalised?
    Both of the deals were denied by the Russians.

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