BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:25 P.M.) – Since the commencement of the Syrian Army’s ‘Damascus Steel’ offensive against insurgent groups in the capital’s East Ghouta region, it has become apparent that government forces (particularly so elite units) are employing a number of key weapon systems and equipment that are tailor-fitted for the kind of operation being conducted.
The key first weapon system that stands out in much of the footage of Syrian Army operations across East Ghouta is the man-portable grenade launcher. The last time government troops were seen so frequently with the weapon was during the final Aleppo offensive (November-December 2016).
Another infantry weapon seen in increasing numbers now is the 100-series Kalashnikov assault rifle (namely the AK-101). In particular, troops attached to the Tiger Forces Division have been spotted quite often during the last two weeks wielding new generation Kalashnikovs.
As far as new equipment is concerned, infrared night-vision sights appear to be in heavy use since the Damascus Steel operation started. Coupled to both upgraded battle tanks and infantry assault rifles, thermal sighting has served as a real game-changer for government forces, allowing elite Syrian storming troops to carry-out effective night assaults due to a major advantage over their opponents – the ability to see in the dark as if it were day.