Russian Heavy Flame-Blast Systems Help Iraq’s Fores against ISIS

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Russian Heavy Flame-Blast Systems Help Iraq's Fores against ISIS

A Russian-made multiple rocket launcher known as the TOS-1A fires during training at a military camp in Baghdad October 14, 2014. The Iraqi army will deploy the weapon to the frontlines, the country’s ministry of defence said. Picture taken October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A Russian-made multiple-launch heavy flame-blast systems TOS-1A (Solntsepek) have been obsrved moving through Anbar in Iraq.

TOS-1A MLRS and TZM-T re-supply vehicle could be observed here:

The TOS-1A:

heavy flamethrower system is intended for direct fire support of advancing infantry and main battle tanks, and moves in their combat orders. It is designed to engage military personnel, fortifications and light armored vehicles. The heavy flamethrower system is generally similar to multiple launch rocket systems, however it fires different types of rockets and has a shorter firing range.

The main element of the TOS-1A system is the BM-1 launch vehicle. A number of launching tubes was reduced from 30 to 24, arranged in three rows of eight tubes each. New launching tubes are longer in comparison with the previous heavy flamethrower system. There are at least two types of 220-mm rockets. These are 3.3 and 3.7 m long and weight 173 and 217 kg respectively. The TOS-1A uses longer rockets and has a longer range than its predecessor. Maximum range of fire was increased to 6 000 m. Minimum range is 400 m.

The TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system is intended for direct fire support of advancing infantry and main battle tanks, and moves in their combat orders. It is designed to engage military personnel, fortifications and light armored vehicles. The heavy flamethrower system is generally similar to multiple launch rocket systems, however it fires different types of rockets and has a shorter firing range.

The main element of the TOS-1A system is the BM-1 launch vehicle. A number of launching tubes was reduced from 30 to 24, arranged in three rows of eight tubes each. New launching tubes are longer in comparison with the previous heavy flamethrower system. There are at least two types of 220-mm rockets. These are 3.3 and 3.7 m long and weight 173 and 217 kg respectively. The TOS-1A uses longer rockets and has a longer range than its predecessor. Maximum range of fire was increased to 6 000 m. Minimum range is 400 m.

It’s expected that Russian-made systems will be used by the Iraqi forces in the ongoing operation aimed to re-take the city of Mosul from ISIS.

TOS-1A systems and other weapons have been recently delivered to Iraq under the contract signed with Russia in July 2014. The recently released video is one of the first confirmations that the Iraq’s amry is ready to use these systems at the battlefield.

Full video:

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