Photos Surface of the Turkish Army Convoy Devastated by Syrian Artillery Last Week

Utter devastation by what must have been Syrian laser-guided artillery

Seven Turkish soldiers and one military contractor were killed on the night of February 3 on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Saraqib when a Turkish convoy was mistaken for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (al-Qaeda).

This is the aftermath:

That the Syrians were able to devastate a moving convoy at night like this tells you this is no longer your grandfather’s artillery. The big new thing in artillery (perhaps first demonstrated by Russia in Donbass in 2014) is to have a drone flying overhead that allows you to correct fire in real-time, or even mount a laser designator and guide the fire directly.

Everybody has drones now. Not the large armed ones of the kind the US fields, but you don’t necessarily need those. If you’ve got a ranged ground weapon, you can get a lot of the same capabilities without having to strap a weapon onto the drone directly. Food for thought for adventurists — there are no cakewalks anymore.

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