BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 A.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces continued to launch airstrikes over the southern countryside of Aleppo on Wednesday, targeting the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) near the towns of Khan Touman and Khan Al-‘Assal.

Russian and Syrian fighter jets were relentless Wednesday, scoring direct hits on several Jaysh Al-Fateh targets and gathering points in southern Aleppo, a military source told Al-Masdar News.

The source also added that the Russian Air Force has conducted at least 30 airstrikes inside Aleppo these last 48 hours, doubling the total number of airstrikes they launched all last week in this province.

While these air forces attack Jaysh Al-Fateh from above, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah have reportedly started shelling the militants in Khan Al-‘Assal and Rashiddeen 4.

In the coming weeks, the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard, alongside Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), will launch a large-scale offensive in the southern countryside of Aleppo, as they look to reach the Idlib Governorate border by Spring of this year.

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Could be interesting to deliver some Krasnopol guided 152mm shells to SAA artillery teams. Even the old 1947 Soviet 152mm gun can shoot these so SAA could make many pinpoint strikes by just using small drones for reece purposes, thus limiting their need for air support. Actually, Krasnopol should be also considered to be racked under aircraft or drones wings in order to carry 20kg guided bombs in numbers (in the case of an aircraft) or arming drones that are usually not likely to be armed. A 20kg warhead is more than enough to take out a MBT, hey, a… Read more »

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Krasnopol guided 152mm shell = ca. 40.000 € my calculation from internet data. So there is some advantage but maybe no so huge else Russia would not rely so much on dumb bombs and modern targeting gear on the planes. Turboprop planes have good loitering times – what about their resilience against ground to air missiles and guns? My guess as resilient as WW II dedicated ground attack planes (Ilyushin Il 2 Shturmovik, Henschel Hs 129 or similar) or a little better. IMHO that is not good enough today. AA defense today is electronic guided. At the end of WW… Read more »

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“Krasnopol guided 152mm shell = ca. 40.000 € my calculation from internet data.” => Seems a bit hot price for me : an US made XM395 guided mortar shell is “only” 10k$, although not very trendy anywore, an AGM-65 Maverick is 17k$ (why using Hellfires @110k$ per missile???). One of the most interesting thing would be an Hydra70 rocket (ca.2300$) with a LOGIR guidance kit (5k$). I have no idea of the price of S-5, S-8 and S-13 rockets and same for the Ugroza laser guidance kit, thus, the LOGIR is fire’n’forget, the problem with laser guidance is that you… Read more »

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Probably both RU 40k and US 68k price tag are with some aiming system. I calculated mine from a Indian bid to buy system with AFAIR 4000 rounds. Yes. You can probably get cheaper off with dumb systems and better hit surveillance, drones or RADAR. Sorry. I did not think about the 5000 m ceiling for all but the most expensive rockets. No data about modern auto canon effective ceiling range when they have PC supported RADAR or LASER guidance. The probably needed 2+ cm systems are AFAIK expensive and difficult to get. At least for IS and ex-Qaeda. So… Read more »