Originally Posted by Bright Star
El-Al transport was insufficient and had no significant influence on the battlefield.
Only 5000 tons of cargo was delivered via El-Al.
Egypt and Syria received much more hardware from the Soviets and other Arab nations than Israel received from the U.S.
Some Arab nations even sent their own forces to the fight.
While the U.S. supplied Israel with advanced equipment like the TOW, Maverick and jamming equipment,
the Israelis were poorly trained on how to use this new equipment.
As a result, the TOW didn't play a significant role in the battlefield of 1973.
And the jamming equipment was ineffective.
On the other hand, a few weeks before the war started, both Egypt and Syria received SA-6 mobile anti aircraft missiles that shot down many Israeli planes.
Both Egypt and Syria had T-62 tanks that were equipped with night vision measures and gun stabilizing measures.
The Israelis had neither of them.
During the year that preceded the war, the Soviets were delivering enormous quantities of materials to Egypt,
trying to keep Egypt as a trustful ally.
That is why Saadat said before the war: "they are drowning me in arms".