Monday, 10 November 2014

Vehicles and equipment captured by the Islamic State inside Syria until November 2014

By Stijn Mitzer and Joost Oliemans

This list only includes captured vehicles and equipment of which photo or videographic evidence is available. Therefore, the amount of equipment captured by the Islamic State may be higher than recorded here.

Although some of the tanks and artillery fielded by the Islamic State in recent offensives such as Kobanê were captured from Brigade 93 and Regiment 121 respectively, a great deal of effort has been put into avoiding double listings.

As most the trucks captured at the various bases in Northern Syria were already derelict years before their capture, they're not included in the list. does not include complete wrecks or gate guards and derilict MiG-17s captured at Kshesh/Jirah airbase. 



Be sure to check out Lost Armour for more recent updates on armour losses inside Syria.

A list showing vehicles and equipment captured and operated by the Islamic State in Iraq can be found here.

(Click on the numbers to get a picture of each individual captured or destroyed vehicle)

Tanks (100)


Armoured fighting vehicles (9)


Infantry fighting vehicles (21)


Military engineering vehicles (4)


Trucks (15)


Jeeps (36)


Recoilless rifles (4)


Anti-tank missiles (24)

Towed artillery (54)


Self-propelled artillery (3)

Multiple rocket launchers (28)


Ballistic Missiles (1)

Anti-aircraft guns (100)


Self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (2)




Static SAM systems (3)


Self-propelled SAM systems (1)


SAM missiles (14)


Radars (11)

  • 1 P-12 ''Spoon Rest A'': (1)
  • 1 P-14 ''Tall King'': (1)
  • 2 P-15 ''Flat Face A'': (1) (2)
  • 1 P-35/37 ''Bar Lock'': (1)
  • 3 PRV-13 ''Odd Pair'': (1 and 2) (3)
  • 1 RSP-7: (1)
  • 1 SNR-125 ''Low Blow'': (1)
  • 1 JY-27: (1)

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) (1)

  • 1 Phantom FC40: (1)

Aircraft (20)

Air-to-air missiles (14)


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  1. How did you know that all these migs are not operationals?

    1. If operational, they would have been flown out by the SyAAF. Which was impossible as most were already inoperational since the start of the Syrian Civil War.

      Three planes were either operational or undergoing overhaul though, these weren't evacuated.

    2. Do we know if the SyAAF even had enough pilots at Tabqua to fly all operation aircraft, or just the most modern/most useful?

    3. They probably had, not that many MiG-21s were still operational here.

  2. I appreciate your detail work Oryx.
    Do you have any professional guess about how much the actual numbers can be? "İ mean it maybe 2 or 3 times of the equipments those we saw." Can you guess something like this? I know it is very hard to guess without info from the ground,but maybe you can guess some numbers with your experience.
    Secondly about armoured vehicles. From open sources we know SAA have lots of MT-LB and BTR-60PBs and BRDM2s,but we dont see them much,so they arent captured much also. I know SAA use BMP1 mostly,but are MT-LBs,BTR60PBs and BRDM2s so useless? According to the open sources there more than 2000 (maybe approximately 2500) of them and BTR and BRDMs are much more mobile than BMPs. Do you have info about them? Or will you write about them?
    Thanks, i m looking forward for your articles.

    1. The actual number of captured tanks and artillery would be slightly larger, probably a difference of around five to ten units each.

      Most BTR-60s were either scrapped or stored before the Syrian Civil War began. All the OT-64s were scrapped but most of the BRDM-2s still survive, although only a small portion appears to be active. Most BRDM-2s and BTR-60s were used to guard various bases, none were actively deployed within operational armoured units. Only BTR-60PU-12 command vehicles still survive within air-defence battalions. BRDM-2 based anti-tank missile systems also survive, but all remain stored.

      The status of Syria's MT-LB fleet is unknown. I'm not even sure if Syria ever received them. They would form a great basis for a 23mm ZU-23, yet we haven't seen any of them around. Syria does operate the MT-LB based 9K35 Strela-10 mobile SAM system and the slightly different MT-LB-u command vehicle. Both can be seen in the Syrian fighting vehicle list.

      I'm not sure if I will write about them anytime soon, but you can always mail me at if you have any questions.


    2. Thx Oryx.
      Then very few BTRS we guess.
      I thought same thing about MT-LBs (equipping it with 23 mm ZU-23) with you. They can be widely seen in Peshmerga forces.(even protected by sides with metal plates).
      And about the first subject. Then isis is shaken out really good,because i read an article in an English newspaper about 3 weeks ago that more than 300 technicals are destroyed by coalition attacks and lots of armoured vehicles. By then isis also get hammered in Anbar and Kobane. their heavy equipments should be reduced very fast i think.
      Thanks for your info sharing

  3. There can be 4 of 155 mm M198. In the the picture a fourth gun can be barely seen and it is pulled by a truck similar to the ones of first three M198 are pulled.

    1. That's a 122mm (D-74) Field Gun captured in Iraq.

  4. Thanks for your work.

    But as you said, "Therefore, the amount of equipment captured by the Islamic State may be higher than recorded here.". This is especially true for US vehicles/armament which was captured, especially at Mossul. ISIS has far more than 28 M-1114/humvee, they rather number in hundreds (not all usable of course), same for most of vehicles coming from Iraq, dozens if not one hundred of armored Iraqi police vehicles, or pick-up trucks. They have some stingers as well, I saw a video some weeks ago where they shot down an Iraqi chopper using it, and they shot down many already. However all these stockpiles are going down quite fast thanks to airstrikes and battles lost both In Syria and Iraq.

    1. But these vehicles remained in Iraq, and were never transferred to Syria. Also, the Islamic State never captured any Stinger MANPADS in Iraq, as there are only vehicle based launchers available here, all stationed far away from the combat zone.

      The weapon used to bring down the Iraqi chopper was a Chinese FN-6, captured in Syria.

    2. Oh ok my bad didn't read the title carefully "captured and operated by the Islamic State INSIDE SYRIA". I guess you will try do the same for Iraq ? (even if it's more difficult there i think) Frontier is so porus anyways (if it still even exists).
      About the manpads I not sure, they were reports (rumours ?) about captured stockpiles in Mosul, but if you say no, I trust you ; I saw two or three videos of choppers shot down in Iraq these last months, didn't looked if it was Stingers or something else indeed. ISI, the former ISIS/IS, also had manpads in Iraq in 2006-2007 and brought down some US helicopters that time, do you know this and what models if was (likely for Saddam's army stocks) ? Maybe some are still operational (some other sunni salafi groups had it too, and maybe send them to ISIS in recent months ?)

  5. Nice summary Oryx. Around 23 of July, 2014 ISIS used 3 other vehicles which are not in your list. Those vehicles were used in the attack against the Ninavah medical factory (the state company for drugs and medical apliances - NDI). Here are two pictures you can find the vehicles which are the followings:

    AMZ Dzik
    M1117 ASV
    and a navistar like towing truck


    Other pictures about the attack:

    1. Hi László,

      This list only covers vehicles captured or used in Syria, not in Iraq.

    2. Sorry, than I missread something.