Russia and Turkey put their latest equipment to the test in Syria

Operations “Dawn in Idlib” and “Spring Shield” saw massive employment of advanced combat drones: larger MALE UCAVs and smaller unarmed drones cooperating closely with the artillery.

Foreign armies operating in Syria continue to use the territory of the war-torn country as a testing ground for their advanced military equipment. A new page in the eight-year-long drama opened in February 2020, when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to do battle with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Idlib. The operation, codenamed “Spring Shield” (declared on March 1 by Turkey’s defense minister Hulusi Akar) – was to stop the SAA’s further advance into…

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