In Syria, the Russian Military Found the Ultimate Testing Ground
Oct 23, 2017 | 08:59 GMT
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- The Syrian conflict is not a cost-free endeavor for Russia, but there are a number of military benefits for Moscow.
- Exposure to the Syrian battlefield affords Russia the opportunity to test its troops, equipment and tactics.
- Lessons learned from the employment of new systems and practices will be used to bolster the combat effectiveness of Moscow's forces in the future.
- The testing of next-generation weaponry in Syria also showcases the potency of Russian equipment, a boon for successful foreign arms sales.