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originally posted by: spy66
a reply to: anzha
No you dident. Not untill it was all in motion. They US dident even know how Russia flew in the SU 34.
I dont know if Turkey played a role or Iraq. But the US never knew.
In this context Tsentr 2015, 14–20 September, placed strategic mobility high on its priority list. The exercise held in six regions focused on Central Military District and involved up to 95 000 personnel and 7 000 units of arms and equipment. Tsentr 2015 was preceded by a large MTO exercise in the Central Military District in late August and again in the snap inspection announced on 7 September in the same military district. While most elements of the MTO were tested ALOC support was prioritized with 40 Il-76 transporter aircraft, approximately one third of the military transport aviation inventory, rehearsing mass movements of troops, hardware and supplies. As these exercises unfolded it became evident that Moscow used this partly as cover to move military assets to Syria as its build-up continued.
Conflict is not the same as tech development.
And Syria was seen coming if you were listening to/reading the Russophonic internet.
Actually, I called it (not on here because I was not here and only participate in the aviation forum) in August 2015. I passed that info on to people who might be able to use it. I was poo-pooed: why would Putin get involved in yet another insurgency.