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Russia Sends Mortar Launching Technical Vehicles to Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army has received a large number of modern Russian-made UAZ Patriot pickups, an informed source in the Russian Defense Ministry said, stressing that the vehicles will initiate a major enhancement in the government troops’ combat capability.

Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reported that Moscow has sent these modern UAZ Patriot pickups to Syria in response to the move done by several Middle-Eastern Arab states that have equipped terrorist groups in Syria with over 60,000 modern military vehicles.

“The UAZ Patriot pickups, equipped with Kord 12.7 mm heavy machineguns and AGS-17 grenade launchers, have been dispatched to Syria to enable the government forces to better stand clashes with the terrorist groups as they give operators a fire power 2 kilometers in radius. Additionally, if needed, the vehicle can be equipped with Konkurs or Kornet anti-tank missiles, capable of hitting enemy targets at distances of up to 5 km. It can also be fitted with a 120 mm mortar launcher with an effective range of 9 km,” Komsomolskaya Pravda daily quoted the Russian Defense Ministry source as saying.

“The weapons can be mounted onboard a rotary turret, allowing the operator to instantaneously change his arc of fire, the source further added.

He added that the gas-powered vehicles feature upgraded all-terrain capabilities, a one ton carrying capacity, and armor protection. They also feature power plugs for night vision, special tents for protection against shrapnel, and storage for ammunition.

The vehicles are likely to be assigned to protect humanitarian convoys.

Experts suggest the new vehicles may replace or play a good complementary role for the UAZ-3132 Gusar, already engaged in Syria and used for operations by the Russian Special Forces.

Military analyst Igor Korotchenko told Komsomolskaya Pravda that the pickups will enable users “to engage in agile urban combat, attack and pursue the enemy in the desert, cover humanitarian convoys, which are regularly shelled, on the roads of Syria, and deliver ammunition to friendly checkpoints.”

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The Russian trucks were sent to Syria after Toyota customers’ list in the Middle East showed that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and Jordan were involved in purchasing 60,000 Toyota pickup trucks that were supplied to the ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

After photos of hundreds of ISIL’s Toyota pickups seized or targeted by the Syrian Army were sent by the Russian army to the Toyota Company in Japan, the company revealed a list of its main customers that have bought the vehicles.

The customers’ list shows that a Saudi firm has purchased a sum of 22,500 trucks, Qatar 32,000, the UAE 11,650 and the Jordanian Army 4,500 vehicles from Toyota company. The Jordanian Army had received loans from several Saudi banks for payments.

A large number of the purchased-vehicles by the four Arab countries have already been delivered to the ISIL terrorists in Syrian and Iraq.

Informed sources have confirmed that ISIL has received over 60,000 Toyota vehicles.

The US official had previously announced that they want to conduct a probe to find out that how ISIL had received these vehicles, but analysts said further that Washington itself had been involved in export of hundreds of these pickup trucks to Syria.

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The Russian anti-terrorist operation in Syria is about to get more ‘patriotic’. On Friday, the Defense Ministry confirmed that it has deployed a group of UAZ Patriot pickups equipped with Kord 12.7 mm heavy machine guns and AGS-17 grenade launchers to the war-torn country. The vehicles are likely to be assigned to protect humanitarian convoys.Citing a source in the Defense Ministry, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that a party of the light vehicles has been sent over to Syria.

The firepower in the back of the vehicles will enable their operators to suppress enemy fire in a radius of up to 2 km. The weapons can be mounted aboard a rotary turret, allowing the user to instantaneously change his arc of fire.
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Additionally, if needed, the vehicle can be equipped with Konkurs or Kornet anti-tank missiles, capable of hitting enemy targets at distances of up to 5 km. It can also be fitted with with a 120 mm mortar with an effective range of 9 km.
The new military-use UAZ Patriots were first demonstrated to President Putin this spring. In the summer, they were shown at a closed pavilion for specialists at the Army-2016 Military-Technical Forum. The gas-powered vehicles feature upgraded all-terrain capabilities, a one ton carrying capacity, and armor protection. They also feature power plugs for night vision, special tents for protection against shrapnel, and storage for ammunition. Experts suggest the new vehicles may replace or complement the UAZ-3132 Gusar, already engaged in Syria and used for operations by Russian special forces.
Military analyst Igor Korotchenko told Komsomolskaya Pravda that the pickups will enable users “to engage in agile urban combat, attack and pursue the enemy in the desert, cover humanitarian convoys, which are regularly shelled, on the roads of Syria, and deliver ammunition to friendly checkpoints.”
In 2014, soon after Daesh made itself globally known by capturing large swathes of Syria and Iraq, world media reported on the terrorist group’s successful use of large numbers of Toyota pickup trucks for their operations. Now, finally, the terrorists seem to have met their match.

Russia responded “jihadism” modern truck with a machine gun and a flamethrower

The Russian army in Syria started to use pickup trucks UAZ-3163 “Patriot” with large-caliber KORD machine gun and automatic grenade launcher AGS-17.

 

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As has informed news the representative of the defense Ministry, pickups with machine guns are the perfect weapon for mobile warfare in the middle East. “Patriots” were transferred to Syria in the late summer, they participate in the escort of humanitarian convoys, patrolling facilities, and act as moving roadblocks. For use in difficult conditions of the desert, the pickups were a special revision.

“They installed a new air filtration system and protection of sophisticated electronic equipment, can withstand a large amount of dust. For the comfort of the work crew and electronic systems mounted more powerful climate control, working effectively in conditions of a sharp difference in day and night temperatures from +50 to -10. In the cabin between the seats installed mounts for two machine guns and entrenching tools (shovels, picks and crowbars), additional sockets for the connection of night vision devices,” — said a source in the defense Ministry.

According to military expert Oleg Teltonika, armed pickup can be called the modern incarnation of the carts. “Patriot” have several advantages compared to the factory equipment.

“They take the lead over the army vehicle speed to spend less fuel and they are much easier to maintain, especially in an urban environment. Such vehicles may be equipped with a variety of weapons — from heavy machine guns to reactive systems of volley fire”, — told Teltonika.

According to the expert, the pickups can quickly arrive at the point for a very short time, strike and retreat before receiving retaliation. This is their advantage over conventional military equipment.

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We will remind, according to official data of the Pentagon, the United States handed over the “moderate Syrian opposition” several thousand Toyota HiLux and the LandRover Defender.

The popularity of armed jeeps and pickups in the middle East gave birth to a special term “jihadmobil”. They were used in 1987, during the Chad-Libyan conflict, called the “Toyota war”.

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