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Friday, March 4

Now even a gopher can't violate Syria ceasefire without Russians knowing

"The complex is capable of detecting up to 70 firing positions in a minute, while tracking up to 12 targets."

God bless them, the Russians are very determined to make the Syrian "cessation of hostilities" agreement work. As to whether the installation or testing of these fancy electronic monitoring systems had anything to do with the massive electrical blackout yesterday in Syria, I have no idea how the systems work. All the Syrian government would say, paraphrasing here, was that they didn't know what caused the power outage in the grids they control but it would be fixed in a few hours. 

Moving along, from now on it will hard for any of the signatories to pull off a violation of the ceasefire agreement without being spotted. The same for the bad guys who aren't part of the agreement, including Turkey:

All Hands On Deck: Russian Military Sets Up High-Tech Radar System in Syria
March 4, 2016 - 19:40 GMT 

Russian military have set up electronic systems  that allow monitoring violations of the ceasefire in Syria.

Over the past three days three modern complexes with unmanned aerial vehicles and two radars detecting small targets have been deployed to Syria.

The Zoopark-1 missile and artillery ground reconnaissance complex is designed to automatically determine the coordinates of enemy artillery positions (mortars, field artillery, rocket volley fire systems and tactical missile launch positions) to provide target sighting information to its own countermeasure equipment, as well as to monitor its own firing results.

The design of the ‘Zoopark-1’ complex was started in the Soviet Union back in the 1980s as a replacement to APK-1 ‘Ris’ complex. The new complex is mounted on the chassis of a MTLB truck.

The Zoopark-1 intelligence and radar complex is completely autonomous and it takes about five minutes to deploy. The complex can conduct reconnaissance of positions of up to 17 kilometers and target artillery with a minimum bore size of 82-120 millimeters.

The gun’s caliber is 105-155 millimeters and has a distance of 12 kilometers. It has a multiple launch systems with ranges up to 22 kilometers and tactical missiles that can travel up to 45 kilometers.

The complex is capable of detecting up to 70 firing positions in a minute, while tracking up to 12 targets.

The cessation of hostilities in Syria came into force at the end of February [Feb 27]. Nearly a hundred opposition parties supported the truce. The groups that didn’t fall under the truce were Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists [Pundita note: and other UN-designated groups, from reports].


Meanwhile the Russians were counting on their fingers and toes to keep up with the violations prior to Zoopark-1 going fully operational. From SANA today:

Moscow, SANA - Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that 41 breaches of the cessation of fighting acts by the terrorist organizations were observed during the last 48 hours.

“Turkey bears full responsibility for the continued fighting in Idleb and Aleppo,” the ministry said in a statement by the Russian Center for Coordinating and observing the cessation of fighting acts at Hmeimeem base.

The ministry added that the arms shipments arrive daily from Turkey to the terrorists of “Jabhat al-Nusra” and “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement”.
The Russian Defense Ministry had registered 72 breaches of the cessation of hostilities by the terrorist organizations since the agreement took effect on February 27th till yesterday.

The cessation of hostilities agreement does not involve ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other organizations listed on the international terrorism list.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal


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