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The Syrian Military comprises the Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Force, and the Police and Security Force.

Background Edit

The Syrian military remains one of the largest and best-trained forces in the Arab World. Despite losing every major conflict since 1948, it has distinguished itself as a highly disciplined and motivated force that has gained the respect of the Israeli military.

However, its combat strength has deteriorated dramatically during the last decade as its equipment has become increasingly obsolescent and poorly maintained.

A second weakness that pervades all branches of the Syrian military was largely inherited from Soviet military advisers over the years - the unwillingness of staff officers or field commanders to show initiative or react independently to a crisis without observing the usual chain of command, slowing down the military's ability to respond to either an enemy move or to take advantage of occasional openings for offensive action. This was painfully evident during Syria's clash with Israeli forces in Lebanon during the early 1980's, when Syrian commanders confined the operations of the forces under their command to a pre-determined course of action, irrespective of the circumstances that prevailed on the battlefield, and exhibited little combat initiative.

Equipment Edit

Small Arms Edit

  • AK-47/AKM assault rifle (7.62x39mm)
  • AK-74 assault rifle (5.45x39mm)
  • RPD light machine gun (7.62x39mm)
  • RPK light machine gun (7.62x39mm)
  • RPK-74 light machine gun (5.45x39mm)
  • SVD Dragunov sniper rifle (7.62x54mmR)
  • PK/PKM general purpose machine gun (7.62x54mmR)
  • NSV heavy machine gun (12.7x108mm)
  • DShK heavy machine gun (12.7x108mm)
  • KPV heavy machine gun (14.5×114mm)
  • Tokarev TT-33 pistol (7.62x25mm)
  • Makarov PM pistol (9x18mm)

Tanks Edit

Scout/Reconnaissance Vehicles Edit

Armored Personnel Carriers Edit

Artillery Edit

  • 2A18 D30 122mm towed howitzer
  • M1954 M-46 130mm towed field gun
  • M1955 D20 152mm towed gun-howitzer
  • 2S1 Gvozdika 122mm self-propelled howitzer
  • 2S3 Akatsiya 152mm self-propelled howitzer
  • Type-63 107mm multiple-launch rocket system
  • BM-21 122mm multiple-launch rocket system

Missiles Edit

Long Range Battle Field Rockets

  • FROG-7
  • SS-21
  • SCUD-B/C/D

Character creation Edit

1st edition Edit

The following service/branch specialities are available for Syrian characters:

  • Infantry (Infantryman, Heavy Weapons)
  • Armor (Tank Crew, Armor Scout)
  • Engineer (Combat Engineer)
  • Artillery (Cannon Crew, Fire Support Specialist)
  • Aviation (Pilot)
  • Ranger (Infantryman, Heavy Weapons) -- Syrian para-commandos
  • Medical (Combat Medic, Doctor)
  • Intelligence (Interrogator)
  • Support (Vehicle Mechanic, Aircraft Mechanic, Electonic Specialist, Military Police)

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