5 Russian Weapons of War ISIS Should Fear

While the Soviet Union may be no more, Moscow's forces could give the Islamic State a tough time.

The number and types of drone that Russia has deployed in Syria remains unclear.  Photographs indicate the presence of the Yakolev Pchela 1T, a short-range surveillance drone designed to provide data to battlefield commanders.  However, Russia now possesses a wide array of surveillance drones, as well as some attack variants.  We can expect that these drones--if eventually deployed to Syria--will enhance the effectiveness of both Russian troops, and of the Syrian Arab Army.

Parting Thoughts:

Russia may have bought itself a lot of trouble with its Syria deployment.  Moscow has aligned itself with the most hated man in the Middle East.  Even if Russian forces manage to beat back ISIS and save the Assad regime, Moscow will have a desperately wounded client with limited control over its own territory.  On the upside, Russia has enjoyed a lot of success with limited military deployments over the last decade, and its intervention in Syria could help open up a new relationship with Iran. Without question, Vladimir Putin has decided to make a high risk play. The strength of Russian arms may determine how much risk he has accepted.

Robert Farley, a frequent contributor to TNI, is author of The Battleship Book. He serves as an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. His work includes military doctrine, national security, and maritime affairs. He blogs at Lawyers, Guns and Money and Information Dissemination and The Diplomat.

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