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Analytical notes on combat operations near the settlement of Deir-ez-Zor (Syria)

I. Naumenko, М. Mokrockiy, R. Shostak, S.Orlov
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Description: The article deals with the peculiarities of the combat operations of a diverse grouping of troops (forces) of the interna-tional military coalition from 7 to 8 February 2018 near the village of Deir-ez-Zora (Syria). From the open sources of mass me-dia the general chronology of events is established, certain characteristics (data) and features of the use of weapons and units are defined, namely: the conditions of the situation that took place as of March 7, 2018 led to the inability to support battalion-tactical groups and forces supported by the government of Bashar al-Assad, by the forces and means of their senior commander (commander); the full advantage of the coalition forces over the enemy in the air was provided; fighting was carried out exclu-sively at night, widely used means of electronic warfare, complex night equipment (night vision devices); intelligence and elec-tronic warfare, artillery, aviation, high-precision and long-range weapons were used comprehensively and consistently; the du-ration of hostilities was up to 6 hours, during which the efforts of the forces and means of intelligence, electronic warfare and fire damage were focused on causing maximum irretrievable losses to the detected enemy's military formation; The basis of the fire influence on the enemy was a group of high-speed, long-range artillery and strike aircraft. According to the results of the analysis, conclusions were drawn that determine the possible further development of the forms and methods of the use of rocket troops and artillery. The main ones are: the effective use of rocket troops and artillery requires a revision of the principles, forms and methods of their application. First of all, they should be oriented towards the experience of the leading military partners of the partner countries and the prospects of armament with the latest models of weapons and military equipment; taking into ac-count the significance of the fire impact of long-range, high-precision shock (fire) missile forces and artillery, air forces and their combined use with the forces and means of intelligence and electronic warfare it is advisable to speak about the develop-ment and implementation of exploratory-shock (fire) operations (actions) of missile troops and artillery; attempts to obtain maximum effect in the shortest possible time or to deter an opponent from aggressive intentions determines the necessity of func-tioning of the reconnaissance-shock (fire) system with the right of its commander to make a decision independently regarding the defeat of the enemy.

Keywords: rocket troops and artillery, air forces, diverse groupings of troops (forces), operation


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