Military Factory

Modern Syrian Army Tanks, Vehicles and Artillery Since 1950

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/12/2014

The Soviet influence on the modern Syrian Army is clearly seen as it attempts to squash a bloody rebellion that began in 2011.

There are a total of 38 Syrian Army Tanks, Vehicles and Artillery (since 1950) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin.

SA-22 (Greyhound) / Pantsir-S1
With ever-increasing capabilities being found in existing and next generation aircraft comes a desperate need for armies of t...
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BM-30 (Smerch) / 9A52-2
Long relying on large collections of Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) as cheap, effective fire support weapons, the Sov...
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BMP-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
Soviet Union engineers and factories garnered much experience in the massive armor battles against German and Axis forces tha...
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BMP-2 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet Union introduced the concept of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) with the adoption of its BMP-1 in 1966. The ty...
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SA-11 (Gadfly) / 9K37 Buk
The vast airspace over the Russian frontier and the combat-ready atmosphere of the Cold War required the Soviet Army to keep ...
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NORINCO P793 (M1939)
The modern Chinese military is influenced by its partnership with the Soviet Union during the Cold War years. Much of its equ...
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9P148 Konkurs (BRDM-2 Spandrel)
The 9P148 "Konkurs", also incorrectly identified by some as the "BRDM-3", is a variant of the base BRDM-2 Amphibious Scout Ca...
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T-34/122 (T-122)
With an expiring stock of Soviet-made, World War 2-era T-34 Medium Tanks on hand as well as a healthy supply of Soviet 122mm ...
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T-72 (Ural)
The Soviets/Russians have always maintained a penchant for successful (and globally popular) tank designs since they unveiled...
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SA-8 (Gecko) / 9K33 OSA
To contend with ever-improving, more agile low-altitude aircraft emerging from the West during the Cold War, the Soviet milit...
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2S1 Gvozdika (M1974)
The 2S1 Gvozdika (translating to "Carnation") was a standard Red Army self-propelled howitzer platform. The type was recogniz...
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2S3 Akatsiya (SO-152) / (M1973)
To match the capabilities of the United States Army and its introduction of the 155mm-armed M109 SPA (Self-Propelled Artiller...
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SA-6 (Gainful) / 2K12 Kub
Design work on the 2K12 "Kub" system began in 1959 under the direction of NIIP/Vympel (for the missile) and MMZ (for the trac...
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SA-9 (Gaskin) / 9K31 Strela-1
The SA-9 (NATO codename of "Gaskin" and formally designated by the Russians as the 9K31 Strela-1) was a four-wheeled mobile a...
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The BRDM-2 primarily served as an armored scout car with the Soviet Army during the height of the Cold War. She was a direct ...
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BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet military was first major military power to widely adopt the concept of an "armored fighting infantry carrier" thro...
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ZSU-23-4 (Shilka)
The ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" system has been - and in many examples continues to be - a much-feared anti-aircraft system for pilots ...
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122mm Model 1963 (D-30 / 2A18)
The D-30 122mm howitzer became the standard Soviet artillery battlefield system in 1963, replacing the aging World War 2-era ...
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Type 63 MLRS
During the 1960s, China followed suit with other national powers and adopted a towed artillery projector system inspired by i...
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SA-3 (Goa) / S-125 Neva / Pechora
With more nimble and advanced aircraft emerging from the West during the Cold War decades, it fell to Soviet engineers to dev...
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After the end of World War 2, the Soviet military had officially replaced their war-winning T-34 Medium Tank series with the ...
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The armored 8x8 wheeled BTR-60 of 1960 was developed as a direct replacement for the 6x6 wheeled BTR-152 series Armored Perso...
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The T-55 was a further improved version of the T-54 Main Battle Tank series of 1949 intended to counter the new American M60 ...
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SS-1 (Scud) / 9P117
The SS-1 (NATO reporting name of "Scud") was a tactical ballistic missile system developed in the 1950s for the Soviet Army. ...
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SA-2 (Guideline) / S-75 Dvina
The original SA-2 Guideline design was engineered to track down and destroy the less-maneuverable high-altitude American bomb...
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The BRDM-1 series of amphibious scout cars first appeared in the late 1950s and would serve as the principle armored car in s...
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The ZSU-57-2 served the Red Army of the Soviet Union throughout the bulk of the Cold War years. However, within a short windo...
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152mm Model 1955 (D-20)
The M1955 was developed in the 1950's to late to be deployed in the Great Patriotic War 1939-1945. However this howitzer has ...
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180mm Gun S-23 (180mm Nywka C-23)
The S-23 was a heavy gun to be used in Europe if the Cold War got hot. It was available to Soviet allies and operations were...
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130mm Model 1954 (M-46)
The M-46 (formal designation of "130mm Towed Field Gun M1954) was a Soviet Cold War-era battlefield implement designed to ful...
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IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin)
The T-10 can be considered the pinnacle "Josef Stalin" tank design as it is the tank that superceded previous forms and becam...
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BM-14 (Boyevaya Mashina 14)
When the Soviets discovered the value of battlefield rockets in saturating entire areas during the fighting of World War 2 (1...
Thumbnail picture of the BM-14 (Boyevaya Mashina 14)

130mm Air Defense Gun KS-30
Developed in the latter part of the 1940s, the KS-30 130mm Air Defense Gun was utilized by the Soviet military to counter the...
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BTR-40 (Bronetransporter)
The Red Army learned much about mobility in its response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War 2. As su...
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The Soviet Army adjusted their battlefield doctrine following their experiences in World War 2 (1939-1945) against the Axis p...
Thumbnail picture of the BTR-152

AZP S-60
The S-60 was designed primarily as a 57mm single-barreled, towed, anti-aircraft defense system. The gun was developed in the...
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The BTR-50 series of Soviet armored personnel carriers was developed in the 1950s and served for a time to good effect. The s...
Thumbnail picture of the BTR-50