TEHRAN (FNA)- The deployment of the Russian T-90 tanks in the ongoing battles against the terrorist groups in Aleppo province in Northern Syria has given the Arab country’s army the upper-hand in the war against the foreign-backed terrorists, the army said.
The Syrian army is using the T-90 tanks in its battles against the terrorists in Aleppo province for a second time in less than two months after it deployed them in Khan Touman in December.
The T-90 tank and its outstanding capability to destroy incoming TOW and M79 missiles appears to be perfect for a theater of war like the one in Syria.
In 4 and a half years of conflict, more than 9,000 BGM-71E3B TOW and M79 anti-tank systems have been introduced in the country. Their capability to easily penetrate T-55 and T-72 tanks is the main reason why the Syrian Arab Army has had so many problems gaining ground in Aleppo province prior to using T-90 tanks.
The great advantage of the T-90MS is its reactive armor and defense systems. It comes equipped with reactive armor blocks like the Kontakt-5, and a system such as the Arena-3 that detects, intercepts and detonates missiles at a distance of 2-3 m from the target makes this tank unique and a much needed upgrade for the Syrian army’s capacity to achieve important victories on the ground.
In December, a senior military analyst said that the Syrian army has benefitted remarkably from the Russian manufactured tanks.
The analyst further added that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants have received TOW anti-tank missiles, and the army could no longer use armored vehicles without advanced explosive reactive armor (ERA).
“Using the advantage of T-90 tanks, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have surrounded the important towns of Khan Touman and Al-Qarassi near the Aleppo-Damascus Highway,” he went on to say.
The Syrian army troops, the NDF, Kata’eb Hezbollah, (Iraqi paramilitary) and Harakat al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), that launched a joint operation in the Aleppo province’s Northern battlefield on Monday morning, have thus far captured the villages of Hardatnin, Doweir al-Zaytoun and Tal Jabin North of Bashkoy and have now deployed their forces only four kilometers from the entrances of Nubl and al-Zahra.
The Syrian pro-government forces have at least advanced against the militant groups over three kilometers and have decreased their distance to the Nubl and al-Zahra from seven kilometers to four kilometers.