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Russia Delivers TOS-1A Thermobaric Rocket Launchers To Saudi Arabia (Photos)

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Russia delivered the first batch of TOS-1A thermobaric rocket launchers to the Saudi military, RIA Novosti reported on April 10, citing a source in the Russian military-industrial complex.

The TOS-1A, which is based on the T-72 tank chassis, launches heavy 220mm thermobaric rockets with a range of up to 6km. The rocket launcher was effectively used by the armies of Iraq and Syria during the war on ISIS.

The supply of the TOS-1As is a part of a massive Russia-Saudi agreement, which was reached in 2017. The deal includes other advanced weapons, including S-400 air defense systems, Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), AGS-30 grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles.

Under the deal, the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will supposedly be allowed to locally manufacture some parts of these Russian weapons. The deal’s total value was never revealed. However, it is expected to be worth several billions U.S. Dollars.

Saudi military blogger Sulaiman al-Doosari released two photos showing some of the newly-delivered TOS-1A rocket launchers in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi variant appears to be equipped with an additional auxiliary power unit (APU) or an air conditioning (AC) unit.

Russia Delivers TOS-1A Thermobaric Rocket Launchers To Saudi Arabia (Photos)

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The TOS-A1 has become the first Russian-made heavy weapon to enter service with the Saudi military. In the near future, the oil-rich kingdom could receive other weapon systems included in the 2017 agreement with Russia.

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  • JHK

    Iran needs to explain the concept of AlYamani to their Russian Wali.

    Other than that, we look forward to getting our hands on such equipment eventually.

    • skinner15

      Coming to Al Tanf soon, don’t worry.

      The US will have a holiday in the blazing sun.

      • Harry Smith

        The old version’s name was more funny. I love it!
        https://youtu.be/buPCzaXVX-4

        • skinner15

          My Holiday in the Sun would be more Johnny Rotten.

          It’s on YouTube, video from Berlin.

          The halcyon days when the Empire was held in check.

        • Mish
          • Harry Smith

            The precedent version of “Solntsepyok” was “Buratino”. And the song I’ve posted is the final song of “Buratino” movie.

          • Mish

            That’s right. Sorry i had already lost the thread of discussion by the time i came to your video, and reacted on a “nostalgic video” level

      • occupybacon

        I wouldn’t hold my breathe for that

        • Harry Smith

          Let’s be honest, you are right. Nobody will risk the global war just for possibility to fry some US servicemen.

  • chris chuba

    Is Saudi Arabia the ONE country the U.S. is not going to threaten over purchasing miltary equipment over Russia? bin Salman is blessed by team Trump.

  • Rhodium 10

    Saudi army is a fake…in spite of advance and modern weapons!…Houttis can destroy easily that system with ATGM or Bomb-Drones using zip zap sandals fighters deployed to protect main Houttis targets…

  • Promitheas Apollonious

    I am very fast losing respect or any respect I have left for russian policies. Finally they proving to be the same shit as the ones are allegedly fighting against.

    • Daniel Miller

      You seem to be very naive to think that any world power will act in a diffrent way to a nother Russia never claimed it supported the Huthis

    • Harry Smith

      Saudis will be more independent from USA if they will have Russian military equipment. The game is much bigger than you think. Please pardon me if I sound rude to you.

      • Floyd Hazzard

        Yeah, and they will be pounding the Houthi into the dirt. Russia is arming the very people that armed the rebels that are killing Russian troops in Syria. Assad and Iran are probably wondering WTF. I hope this find a way to bite them in the @$$.

        • daniel

          Russia is 100% pro Zionist and backs Saudi in ME

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        you dont sound rude, we just disagree.

      • occupybacon

        Pffft NATO controls the straits, the seas, the oil routes, the Saud family would be killed next day they make a wrong move.

        • Harry Smith

          And who is going to kill al-Saud family? Yankees? ROFL, the yanks are sold by their elites decades ago. Another 200 000 $ in the pocket of Pence and Pelosi would resolve this issue in favor of Saudis as quick as rabbits multiply. The game is about of control southern land-route of the Chinese Silk Way and USA Army is just to help Israel and KSA get the route lay on their lands. Haifa port is already sold to Chinese and Latakia port is under Chinese control too. So the only question is who’s alliance will win.
          On other hand is kinda surrealistic when Yanks die for increasing profits of Israel+KSA. Maybe it is some kind of universal justice.

          • occupybacon

            Really, KSA has the potential of being an important player on International politics and economic routes, independent of NATO and Israel from your point of view? That’s a new level of stupidity even for South Front and Russia Today comment section!

          • Harry Smith

            Did I ever mentioned KSA without Israel in this discussion?

            BTW if KSA is an USA puppet, how they are buying Russian weapons? It’s not logical.

          • occupybacon

            They have too much money, and the TOS systems are better against the Houtis than the more expensive NATO alternatives.

          • Harry Smith

            If KSA is USA puppet and has too much money, Saudis are just obligated to buy more expensive NATO weapons!

            In contrary, when you say KSA has too much money and that’s why they are buying cheaper weapons from their master’s existential threat – it is 100% oxymoron! Your statements miss the logic and common sense.

      • Camilo Vallejos

        Saudis are as shitty as they can be by thmselves, they dont need the USA.

      • daniel

        You have fake name and you work for Russia,

      • That’s a fine argument, but not while Yemen is happening. In any case: A pox on all their houses!

        • Harry Smith

          Well, it’s very easy to moralize sitting in the comfy chair. But when you are responsible for millions of lives in your country it’s completely other thing. Just imagine an innocent little girl with a suicide belt put on her and she is standing right in the middle of a crowd. Would you shot her in the face or witness how she kills dozens from the crowd?
          It’s all about for reduction of USA influence in the Middle East. Lower influence = low conflict level.

          • I care and I don’t apologize for that. It’s easy for you, evidently, to try to discourage that. Russia is no more exceptional in my book than the US or any other country. That’s all I have to say about that.

          • Harry Smith

            @disqus_tPSgudjVuc:disqus nobody is exceptional.

      • Zionism = EVIL

        That is fantasy land wishful thinking. Russia is run by Jew scum and their pimp Putin, https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5354e05c8234699caa600c6074efc3e13dc9f18a88c1e14e33842e178b97b807.jpg who will sell to anyone. The Saudis are totally under Americunt thump since OIL was discovered. These weapons will most likely be used in Yemen or against Iran. It is time even naive people see Russia for what it is. No wonder Russia is the world’s biggest whore exporter too. Just go to Istanbul or Dubai.

    • Gabriel Hollows

      The Russian government is just as jew-owned as the US government. It’s not even a secret, a jew recommended Putin for president in the first place, look it up. This so-called “Cold War 2” is nothing more than eastern jews vs western jews, just like the first one.

      • 1691

        Thank you. I did not know it was THAT PLAIN SIMPLE. LOL.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        now you talking bullshits. I know very well who elevate Putin to power and it was not the jews. Stop parroting bullshit propaganda.

        • daniel

          You defend Putin , you defend Zionism,

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            what ever you say retard but I dont think Putin need me to defend him he does well all by himself when it come to that. Now run along to mommy and she give you a lolly pop.

          • daniel

            You are naive, wake up,

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            yes single cell what ever you say i am not in the habit to argue with mentally challenged morons as yourself.

    • 1691

      What happened to your brain cells? Oh, but you are a soldier not a commander. Did you just lose the perception of the bigger picture?

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        My brain cells are fine kid and yes I was a soldier but one who give orders and take people to war and leave none behind. You on the other hand what is exactly your experience on what you questioning?

        As to the bigger picture you throw in to show you understand something none other understand….. why dont you explain it to me and set me corrected?

        • 1691

          I am only managing my kitchen, no experience on the battle field. Happy now?
          Shift in the political picture? Think about it soldier.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            dont play smart ass to me and answer the question because throwing a meaningless sentence and refusing reality that dont mean nothing. so answer what I ask.

          • 1691

            Yes, sir! LOL! Mind your language, please, you are speaking to a lady.
            Could you,please think about a possibility of a shift in the political orientation of SA? Of course, they will not advertise it but signs have been there all along. Remember trump throwing stones at MBS? You think one so rich and powerful would allow a puppet, even an american puppet insult him and his country? You think that Kashoggy was murdered so publicly without cia and mossad? You think Putin and MBS met like best buddies at the last G20 by chance? You need more? Let me know.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            the part about the lady I answer it above, I did not know you was one, until you told me. The rest you saying make it obvious to me you have no idea what you speaking about but will answer your questions none the less.

            No Kashoggy was not murdered with out the aid of the ones you mention as well the rest of the murders of russians holding a position. the rest you referring to is just based on a faulty well wishing of yours connecting the dots. You seen many of my posts and I was never anti-russian on the contrary, but you should learn to judge global events of the actions of each one of the players and not your well wishing.

          • 1691

            No offence taken.
            Even if I were wrong it’s kind of unreasonable to jump against Russia for doing something that most countries do- trading arms. Which country doesn’t?

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            ok now we are communicating. I did am not jumping against russia, as you mean it I am judging a country’s actions and what results will bring. Same as I judge americans and british in what they do and their idiotic vessels. When people lose that ability and begin to have double standards, in their judgement is why the world become what it is today that all are excused depending who judging them and whose doing them.

            I judge even more harshly my own government for her actions that does not make me any less patriot that my deeds in my life proved me to me dear lady, does it? As for the bigger plan russia has is for her own national interest and not what you like to think, but I be as happy to agree we disagree and let time show us whose right and whose wrong. But I must warn you that as an analyst i am very rare wrong not because of anything else but I do have very correct information that you will not see here, or in the mass media, so dont be too disappointed in future when things get more clear.

          • 1691

            Breaking news: There is more to life than black&white, right &wrong,yes&no.
            You might be getting your news from the rothschilds’ HQ yet I would not bank on it.
            Please, don’t worry about me being disappointed. My interpretation of events has nothing to do with the gossips.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            now you assuming kid and fantasizing. As for gossip is what you doing right now.

          • daniel

            1691 is paid by Russia, = pro Zionist

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            hey shekel boy I told you before dont stress your single cell.

          • daniel

            You are naive, you see every sign and deny it,

      • daniel

        You are pro Zionist, naive or not dosent change anything

    • DontBelieveEitherPropaganda

      I know that feeling.. ;)

      But you are not alone.. Most of my Russian friends too, and it seems even major parts of military and security leadership in Russia too. So the tide is turning, and those (including Putin) with the delusion that the USA+NATO can be appeased, are slowly loosing ground.

      The Israeli downing of the Russian plane was the straw that broke the camels back IMHO.

      While Putin tried to prevent blaming Israel, the military leadership took action without asking Putin for directions before. They even made their press conference on Sunday when the administration does not work so Putin will be presented with a done deal.

      If they had asked him before, Putin would likely have prevented the military press conference where Israel was clearly blamed with all evidence presented.

      Afterwards he went with it to not lose face. And some days/weeks later he invited Bibi again and said it was not at all Israels fault, but a tragic circumstance.

      But without the action of the military leadership, there would still be no S300 in Syria. Even though it seems to just collect dust..

      So things are moving in the right direction, even though slow.

      • Pommy Pie

        Well soon see . At this point only a military coup is the only way of uprooting Putin and his Chabbad cronies

        • 1691

          Pommy, dear, why don’t you try uproot bibi, may, macron, trump? Let the Russians decide for themselves. Fair?

          • daniel

            You work for Russian,you have agenda,

        • daniel

          Putin and Russian military and the rest of Russian deep state are 100% Zionist, everything happens just in front of your eyes!

        • DontBelieveEitherPropaganda

          I dont think a coup would be good for either Russia or the Russian people.
          And also i dont see any REAL alternative to Putin.
          But i hope he will adjust his policy, but i doubt it.

          So IMHO Russia is stuck with no good option, just like the west.
          There are signs that the military will take more control of all things that concern the defense of Russia and its interest, resisting oligarchic and “liberal” influences, that Putin sadly has endorsed too much in the past.

          But Putin has a very skilled nose for trends, and he always tries to balance things out. So i hope he lets the security services get more power, and gets his liberal oligarch friends more under control.

          Though i hoped that the public outcry about the Pension reform would push him away from the neoliberal policys, but that sadly did turn out. He just blamed Medvedjev for it.. ;)

          But again: A coup will only take Russia back into the 1990s, and most Russians know that.

      • daniel

        Putin and Russia = deep state of Russia are 100% pro Zionist

      • Astrid Watanabe

        I am wondering about Shoigu’s recent visit to Assad. Did he have Putin’s blessing or is it a sign of the military getting independent? Somehow I felt good about it, but I only have my intuition.

    • daniel

      Not same shit, US is a honest shit, Russia is dishonest shit,

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        dont stress your single cell kid, is the only one you have and thank god breathing it is an automatic function of the body and requires no conscious thinking.

        • daniel

          Wake up, dont defend wrong person,

    • Prince Teutonic

      It’s really just a pragmatic gesture… Russia is trying to replace US as a monopolistic arms dealer throughout the world…

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        you need to go deeper than that to understand what russia is trying to do and good for them. The question is at what cost to the rest of the world their actions will bring. They had the chance to clear this mess up in a very direct way instead they play the game of the uk/usrael and is well known fact that playing the game of a fool in his own ground and rules you stand little chance of winning him.

    • S Melanson

      Yes, it is sad and confusing at the same time. KSA armed terrorists in Syria as pointed out by Floyd Hazzard. What kind of chess move is this… to pull SA away from US orbit? Ok, but it will cost Russia as Iran and Syria will certainly disapprove, putting it mildly. As for Houthis, Putin has not been supportive and has made statements supportive of the pretender regime backed by KSA and UAE – Russia is no freind to the Houthis unfortunately

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        no they are not and I dont think are friends to any one, but their own national interest and we have many examples of this. Especially of late, but then again none is an exception, to the corruption powers, the global game is.

    • Sinbad2

      Russia is fighting for its survival, it’s the USA that is the threat to Russia, not the Saudis.
      If your looking for saints, try religion, because you won’t find any in politics.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        I dont look for saints but also I dont look for whores who change their price according to the size.

        • Sinbad2

          Whores are closer to sainthood than politicians.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            I am not a religious person to know but obviously you are so feel free to chose your saints, from any category of humans your heart leads you too.

          • Sinbad2

            Russia is not in Syria to help Syria, it’s to help Russia.
            Iran is not in Syria to help Syria it’s to help Iran.
            The US is not in Syria to help Syria it’s to help the USA.
            The US wants to steal Iranian gas and sell it to Europe.
            Russia and Iran want to stop America stealing their livelihood.
            All wars are about money.

            The world is not some Marvel comic with superheroes and evil villains.
            Time to grow up buttercup.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            moron if you read my posts instead of getting senile from old age then your single cell maybe rub around the fact that is what I been saying for a long time to the morons as you who until yesterday is what all of you been claiming. Now fuck off.

          • Harry Smith

            In my opinion, it’s not about money, but religion. Otherwise you can’t explain western elites kamikaze-like obsession to start the ww3.

          • Sinbad2

            So American pseudo Christians want to kill Russian Christians because they are Christians?

          • Harry Smith

            South East USA Evangelicals believes into “rapture” in addition to “millennialism” heresy. So they think when Jesus came the second time they will be “raptured” to the heaven and will live there 1000 years while the Earth will be given under the rule of jews. Same thing believes messianic jews.

            Millennialism:
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennialism

            Rapture:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8djS0Vv3Sc

  • Garga

    !?
    Now they can use it on Yemeni school children or hospitals, depending on the flavour of the day.

    Isn’t it wonderful that Russia delivers weapons to hostile or not-so-friendly countries quickly?
    Wish it was also the case for friendly ones, I mean on occasions other than when a certain country demands that they are not delivered at all, that is.

    I guess we have to accept some realities. Their country, their policy. We just need to see the things the way they are, not the way we wish them to be.

    • 1691

      Think harder. May be it is good for you as well. Try to see the bigger picture.

      • Mario Ceva

        What bigger picture??

        • 1691

          I am not a spokesperson for the RF however these weapons might not be needed for the war in Yemen. Apparently, there might be a shift of political and economic orientation. Russia has the gift to turn lemons into lemonade.

          • Mario Ceva

            I hope that you are right. Because if this is used as an important weapon against the Houtis speack very bad about Putin.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            he is not right and he has no idea what is he talking about he just wish things are as he think they are.

          • 1691

            It’a a “She” , promitheus. How does it feel to be a blind horse?

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            now is explained the kitchen part. Well why dont you enlighten me and share your wisdom with us the less intelligent ones who dont see what you see?

          • 1691

            I already did. It’s a pleasure.:)

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            no you have not but my breeding does not allow me to argue with a lady, so have a good day and I hope soon you awaken to reality and not well wishing.

          • Promitheas Apollonious

            are the SA in any other war beside the Yemen and arming isis and we dont know about it?

          • daniel

            You full of shit,

        • daniel

          1691 is paid by Russia, = pro Zionist

    • Jaime Alberto GALARZA CASTANED

      I know what you mean. I try to understand Russian policies. They argue for the respect of international law and human rights, but SA will use these weapons to deliver hell to a force which has been fighting evil. I hope that, as some say here, there is a wider game here and not purely commercial interests. If Russia takes the high road, then it should be consequent.

      • daniel

        Russia is same shit as US

        • Zionism = EVIL

          Much worse as it is a historical backstabber. Just look at the fate of Russia’s “allies” from Najibullah in Afghanistan, to Saddam and Kaddafi. Russia is controlled by Jew oligarchs and Putin is their little pimp. He has invited his boyfriend Nutter Yahoo 15 times since the Americunt and Zionist terror war in Syria. Russia is working hand in hand with its Zionist masters. It is time to target Russian scum in the region.

          • daniel

            Thanks, I am in line with you, One look at social media, inclusive SF, and we see so many people think with double standard in their critical thinking, rightly hard critic of ZIO-US but soft on Russia and China, it is like new religion for these people,

    • Sinbad2

      Russia is playing the long game, the real enemy is the USA, and the USA relies on arms sales to keep it’s economy afloat.
      Kill America, then clean up the scum.

  • Mario Ceva

    To be used against Yemenies??

    • DontBelieveEitherPropaganda

      Very likely. The flamethrower is PERFECT for this type of warfare, where the Houtis use the mountains and the rough terrain to protect them. The Flamethrower negates this advantage of the Houtis, so expect this to be the reason.
      Again, Russia sees countrys like Israel, Turkey and the Saudis as more valuable than Iran (and therefore the Houtis) and Syria. If this calculation of Putin plays out well for the Russian people, i doubt, as even with the backing of Israel, the Saudis and Turkey Putin will never be able to persuade the US away from sanctions. Never.
      The Stavka / military on the other hand understands that this fight against the USA will have to be fought by all means necessary. Hoping on the goodwill of Bibi, Erdogan and MBS on the other hand, i doubt it to work. But we will see.

      • Mario Ceva

        Yes my surprise is because is the prefect weapon to destroy the Houtis.

        • Zionism = EVIL

          That is why the pimp Putin is supplying them. These are offensive weapons that will be used against Iran and Yemen.

      • Sinbad2

        flamethrower?

  • Eva Braun

    I’m already hearing Pompeo shouting “SANCTIOOOOONNNNNSSS” like the pig he is !

  • John Hanson

    Sadly the Russians don’t supply effective weapons so efficiently to their supposed allies.

    I still can’t get over how they abandoned the Serbs, the Ukraine, and all the Russian Nationals in Central Asia and the Baltic.

    • occupybacon

      It’s all about the money

    • Paul

      Were they in a position to help the Serbs?

    • daniel

      Dont you see that Russia is same shit as US

  • Kamīrusan

    Disappointing especially from Russia .

  • Black Waters

    I support Russia in many aspects… but this… this is something that i can’t support at all.

  • White_American_Patriot

    Hahahahaha and all of you imbeciles thought Russians weren’t controlled opposition, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Let’s Israel smack them around

    Russia is pathetic and weak, at least the US has massive power it readily yields, Russia is the B side of Geopolitics

    • Prince Teutonic

      And you are a B side of world’s intellectuals…

  • Russia! How noble!

    • Sinbad2

      Every dollar you take away from America is a good dollar.

      • White_American_Patriot

        lol what a pathetic cuck

        “No no it’s different when Russia does it”

        • Sinbad2

          Comparing Charles Manson(USA) to Mother Theresa doesn’t work.
          You and your kind are going to meet the bloody end you deserve.

          • White_American_Patriot

            Mother Theresa never sold Thermobaric weapons to murderous Saudi’s you pathetic roach

            Russia is too cowardly and entirely incapable anyways to confront the US

            They’re controllers by zionists anyways as is obvious by Putin’s fear of Israel

            Even an idiot can see this

  • Pia

    Russia should then supply to Yemen nuclear weapons, as acounter ballance.

  • Oprichnik

    Russia is just trying to gain more influence in the region. This is part of global politics nothing new here. Plus the more weapons they sell, more money flows into weapon research. If you don’t want weapons going to Saudis, then buy them yourselves.

  • James

    The Saud’s saw how effective it was on their own sponsored terrorists….

  • Xoli Xoli

    As long as Saudi can give freedom of Movement of Saudi oppress women release all and stop attacking Yemeni.All wars benefits USA by making money on destruction of other countries and death of its citizens.