Hell on Earth: Russian Heavy Flamethrower Shocks Viewers

The TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system

 

The burning projectile fired by Russia’s TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system during a recent drill near Volgograd is capable of making life a living hell for the enemy, a US science and technology magazine wrote.

“This Russian tank-mounted rocket launcher can incinerate eight city blocks,” Popular Mechanics wrote on Monday, adding that the TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower System, in addition to traditional incendiary rockets, can also fire thermobaric rockets.Thermobaric rockets are a “fuel-air” weapon system. When fired, the rockets disperse a cloud of flammable liquid into the air around the target, and then ignite it.

“The results are devastating — not only is the explosion significantly longer and the shockwave significantly hotter and stronger than a conventional warhead, but all the oxygen in the near vicinity is also consumed, creating a partial vacuum. This makes them horrifying weapons to use against infantry and entrenched personnel in bunkers and caves—exactly what the TOS-1 was designed for,” Popular Mechanics noted.

“A full salvo of the system’s 24 rockets will make a rectangle 200 meters by 400 meters – a bit more than eight city blocks – hell on earth for anyone caught inside.”

The TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower System is a 220mm 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis.

It was designed for defeating enemy personnel in fortifications, in open country, and in lightly armored vehicles and transport. First combat tests took place in 1988-1989 in Afghanistan.

The combat system, which consists of the combat vehicle, rockets, and loading vehicle, was developed in 1979 by the design bureau of the Transport Machine Factory in Omsk and was named TOS-1. It remained a secret development for a long time.

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Russia began to supply Iraq with heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “Solntsepek” (blaze of the sun) – “Vedomosti”

TSAMTO, July 30. At the airport of Baghdad on July 28   Antonov 124-100 “Ruslan”  of airline “Volga-Dnepr”  arrived   having on board  the party of heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “Solntrepek”, “Vedomosti” informs  referring to the posted photos on Facebook .

According to the newspaper, earlier information about Iraq’s procurement system TOS-1A in the public domain was absent.

As confirmed by “Vedomosti” Sources in the defense industry, during a visit to Moscow last week the Iraqi delegation headed by the Minister of Defense Saadoun al-Duleymi  it was signed a contracts worth more than $ 1 billion for the delivery of a large consignment of arms to Iraq, including four combat machines TOS-1A “Solntsepek”, artillery, mortar weapons and ammunition.

TOS-1A – a heavy flamethrower system at an arms fair in Nizhny Tagil

TOS-1A - a heavy flamethrower system at an arms fair in Nizhny Tagil

23.07.2013 Arms-expo
Machines, falling in heavy flamethrower system (TOS-1A) will be presented at the IX International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment and Ammunition – Russia Arms EXPO 2013 by JSC “Design Bureau of Transport Machinery” (Omsk). The press service of the exhibition informs.
Heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A is designed to provide fire support to infantry and tanks, the defeat of the enemy, open and closed firing positions in a variety of offensive and defensive combat. As well as the decommissioning of light armored vehicles and vehicles.
As ammunition BM-1 uses unguided missiles (NURS). The machine is equipped with a rotating platform with a swinging part, which includes a package of 24 of guide tubes for rockets.
An important feature of the BM-1 – High accuracy and automated testing of angles of sight. Depending on the situation, fire at targets can be produced by single and paired shots from both barrels.
Duration of Full salvo launches in pair – 6 seconds, and the range of fire of up to 6 kilometers. Time ready to open fire on the apparent purpose from the point at BM-1 – 90 sec,

Russian supplies to Azerbaijan

Russian supplies to Azerbaijan

Vedomosty, 19.06.2013
The large supplies of ground weapons from Russia to Azerbaijan by nearly $ 1 billion have begun. They will cause a negative reaction in Armenia, but will help to keep both sides from the conflict

On Internet resource milkavkaz.net June 15 it was containing photos of unloading tanks and other equipment for the Army, which, according to forum visitors, can be shown during a parade in honor of the Day of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan in Baku 26 of June. Two sources in the Russian defense industry confirmed for the “Vedomosti” that the photos are genuine and reflect a process which began in the spring of overland deliveries of military equipment to Azerbaijan in frame of a package of contracts entered into in 2011-2012.

According to the source, “Vedomosti”, it is a contract for three battalions (94 units) T-90S tanks, around three battalions (about 100 units), infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3, Division (18 units) of self-propelled artillery pieces “MSTA- S” , Division (18 launchers) of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS)” Smerch “, Division (18 units) of self-propelled artillery” Vienna “and the battery (6 units) of heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A” Solntsepek ” (blaze of the sun)(a new version of the system “Pinocchio”).

Any Russian arms supplies to Azerbaijan ,even on a commercial basis, cause nervous and painful reaction not only in society but also in the elite in Armenia , but this reaction does not take into consideration the fact that Armenia buys weapons from Russia’s by domestic prices and the supply of weapons to Armenia is balancing with Russian sales to Azerbaijan, a leading research fellow Alexander Krylov stresses.

In this situation it is possible to draw an analogy with the policy of the United States and NATO countries that supply large quantities of weapons antagonists – Egypt and Israel, Greece and Turkey: the dependence of these countries on a single supplier allows the United States and the West to contain conflicts between its customers, expert at the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makiyenko says