Friday, May 20, 2016

Syrian Army Armor and Artillery in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor has been under siege by ISIS since the summer of 2015. No new heavy equipment has been brought in since that time. The 104th brigade of the Republican guard and the 137th brigade of the Syrian army, as well as National Defense Force and local tribes defend the pocket from ISIS. The two main military sites in the Deir Ezzor pocket are the Airbase and the 137th artillery base. There are numerous small checkpoints throughout the SAA controlled parts of Deir Ezzor. The following is an analysis of their heavy equipment using satellite imagery.

Brigade 137:

Tanks/BMPs inside the base:


M-46 130mm artillery:

D-30 122mm artillery:


Vehicle shelters with track marks around them:

Tanks guarding the perimeter of the base:

Deir Ezzor Airbase:

M-46 130mm artillery inside the airbase:

Tank/BMP on the Eastern perimeter of the airbase:

Syrian army outpost near Al-Tala'a, Western most point of the SAA Deir Ezzor pocket:

Tanks/other armored vehicles:

Finally, tanks stationed to the North West of the Airbase:

The Syrian army has quite a lot of equipment in the Deir Ezzor pocket, but they have been taking losses. During the recent ISIS offensive three BMPs were lost and two tanks were hit by ATGM. Hopefully they can holdout until the siege is broken, but that may take a very long time.


  1. Do you have an estimate for how many tanks are left in the pocket?

    1. Sat photos show roughly 30 tanks/BMPs and about 20 artillery pieces. Some of the sat imagery is outdated so it's hard to say.