Ivan Konovalov, Head of the RISS Military policy and Economics section:
'The first attack was successfully repelled. Thus, one cannot say that it was complete fail. Another case is that the Syrian intelligence worked badly and didn't figure out forces of the adversary. That is, they thought that the first strike was the main one. And fighters carried out a second strike, where more people and equipment were engaged. One should find it out whether namely fighters worked the situation out this way to delude the Syrians or that was an error of the Syrian intelligence. But, in any case, the Syrian intelligence should have been keeping a close eye on concentration of those forces. Everything depended on the Syrian army, not on our advisers. The Russian aviation got involved in time, carried out strikes against attacking fighters and the first wave was repelled. However, the Syrian intelligence fell short of the target, they should have known that alike concentration of forces can hardly be concealed'.
Russia's T-90M Proryv ('Breakthrough') tank is superior to the German Leopard tank, Yury Shvytkin, deputy head of the State Duma Defence Committee believes