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With the Syrian Army advancing across the front, Saudi Arabia has announced its willingness to escalate the conflict by supplying portable surface-to-air missiles to terrorists fighting against Syrian forces and, presumably, the Russian forces assisting them.
But is it a genuine threat, or just part of Riyadh’s campaign of information warfare?
In the long term, Russian military expert Viktor Murakhovski suggests, Saudi SAM deliveries “will not significantly influence the course and outcome of the ongoing fighting in Syria.”
Would they force Syrian and Russian aircraft to adjust their tactics? Definitely.
Could they lead to losses for Syrian aircraft? Possibly.
Could they result in Russia assisting the Syrian Air Force by providing it with modern SAM countermeasures? Certainly.
Would they affect the outcome of the war? Definitely not… … …