Russia Steps Up Protection of Patrols in Syria

Rubric: Russia, World, Conflicts, Politics, Industry

The victimless outcomes of the improvised bomb exploded under the Russian MPís armored rover Tiger on June 9, 2020 nearby Kobany, northern Syria, and of the terrorist attack on the patrolís way between Erikha and Urum al-Jauza on June 16, 2020 demonstrate the efficiency of the Russian defense ministryís policy on lives and health protection of the servicemen. Within this policy, the military expands the fleet of armored vehicles. As an example, back in February 2020 in Tal Tamr, northeast Syria, local reporters spotted an armored rover Typhoon K-53949 in the Russian convoy. Referring to an insider, North Press Agency reports the reason for the reinforcement is "the tense situation between Russia and Turkey" in Idlib.

The Typhoon rover with jamming equipment, Russian flag, and without military police identifying marks could be at disposal of a Russian officer or a general in charge of settlement of conflicts with American servicemen and locals that regularly happen during the patrol missions, a veteran of the Syrian campaign commented to Mil.Press.

Typhoon K-53949 within the Russian patrol in Tal Tamr
"The MP patrol missions regularly come along with the incidents, luckily, without severe consequences so far. Among them is the Khirbet Amo affair with American military whose convoy stoned by the locals, they tried to set it afire and shoot down; then, the ĎQamishli traffic accidentí, if I can put it this way, where an American armored rover literally pushed the Russian one off the road. Plus, the skirmishes with locals happened to joint Russian/Turkish patrols, where Russian officers exhibited diplomatic talents", shared the interviewee.
As for him, using by the military police of the armored vehicles with higher protection class than Tiger or Rys rovers demonstrates the concern of the Russian military leaders about safety of the personnel.

The veteran is sure that the wide usage of such vehicles at the earlier stages of the campaign could have saved more lives. For one, it would help to save Valery Fedyanin, Northern Fleetís 61st Marine Brigade Commander, whose rover was blasted by the terrorists in October 2017, as reports the Russian defense ministry.

To recap, Typhoon K-53949 is a 10-seat frame-based two-axle armored vehicle designed for overall support missions of combined-arms and special-purpose units, including peacekeeping forces, in different operational conditions. It can be used for transportation of personnel and military cargoes, and as a basic chassis for various technical systems and weapons.

Typhoon K-53949 armored rover designed by JSC Remdiesel

In October 2019, it got about that Russia and Uzbekistan signed a large supply contract for these armored vehicles. A colonel from the armour department of Uzbek defense ministry told Mil.Press that the armored rovers produced by Remdiesel were better suited for his country than the American ones.

Valery Butymov

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