Tuesday, October 6, 2015


This is coolbert:

From a previous blog entry regarding the Russian military build-up in Syria some clarification:

"U.S. intelligence has observed the possible staging of multiple rocket launch systems [MLRS] at Russian ports, which could be loaded onto ships bound for Syria."

CNN reporting that the MLRS in question not the TOS-1 but rather the BM-30!

 "Obama authorizes resupply of Syrian opposition"

"Obama has stressed that the U.S. would continue to support the Syrian opposition as Russia enters the war-torn country"

"The latest U.S. assessment of Moscow's activity in Syria is that Russia has moved in several ground combat weapons and troops"

. . . .

"The equipment includes several piece of artillery, as well as four BM-30 multiple-launch rocket systems -- all considered to be highly accurate weapons. The latter is capable of rapid-fire rocket launches."

"The BM-30 Smerch . . . Smerch-M is a Soviet heavy multiple rocket launcher."

"Operational history"

". . . Syrian military forces used the system against rebel forces in 2014 during the Syrian civil war."

"The 300mm rockets with a firing range of 70 and 90 km [50 miles] and various warheads have been developed for the Smerch MLRS."

A beast of a vehicle and a weapons system of formidable capability. From Latakia given the range of the BM-30 the Russian will be able to bombard the enemy without ever having left their main encampment!

That destructive power of modern conventional munitions quite extraordinary.


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