Exclusive Strategika 51
According to our sources from Syria, The National Defense Force, a well-equipped paramilitary force fighting alongside the Syrian Army against Nato backed ISIL and Enosra Front will have the opportunity to use the T-90 S main battle tank in combat in Syria.
The Syrian Armour units are still using T-55’s, T-62’s and T-72 S’ MBT while new T-80’s tanks dispatched by Russia are known to be used since December 2014 by the third Syrian Army Brigade in Southern Damascus within the Capital Defence Force.
Initially, Moscow has stationed its first T-90’s at the Syrian Forward Operation Base in Latakia. But many reports NDF are starting to receive first batches of new tanks. In one occasion, one Russian cargo aircraft was hit by rockets launched by rebels and many T-90’s were damaged by the blasts.
Who will operate the T-90’s on the battlefield?
Open sources media outlets are talking about 2,000 Cuban military Advisers being sent to Syria to drive the new Syrian Battle Tanks but some sources claim more and more North Korean and Iranian military ‘advisers’ are already doing the job.
The North Koreans sent to Syria are said to be very enthusiastic to fight since one Mikoyan Mig-29 Fulcrum North Korean pilot managed recently to wreak havoc near the Turkish Airspace, harassing the Turkish Air Force F-16’s.