Originally Posted by T. A. Gardner
I doubt it. Cuba's forces in overseas actions were primarily quasi-infantry units that were there more for support of local friendly forces in an insurgency, doing stuff like training, civil engineering, or staff work.
Supporting a full military force in anything beyond a very low grade guerrilla war or insurgency was beyond the Soviets at any distance from home. They lacked the naval forces and shipping to sustain something like a Vietnam or Korean war. I'd add, that they likely lacked the logistical knowledge to do it as well as this would be something they had never done before.
Even today in Syria the Russians don't have a big footprint and their operations have been limited mostly to artillery and air strikes.
I was not suggesting anything like a korea or vietnam commitment at all
but about 1-2 divisions inc airborne units involved in actual fighting 20k-30k men ( i.e 1/10 of the force we deployed in vietnam maybe less)
airbridge to ferry supplies for other local units ( like they did in ethiopia)
supporting units like mobile SAMs and tactical SSMs operating independent battalions supporting libyan and other ground units
sustained air strikes for a few weeks by long range aviation targeting larger infrastructure with their air to surface missiles (based in southern WP countries like bulgaria )
some frontal aviation units ( a couple of regiments ) esp strike planes supporting the ground forces
your point about their inexperience about amphib landings and logistics is duly noted that is why I'm suggesting they would likely not try something directly against a defended coastline
btw cuban units in angola and ethiopia were involved in full combat operations