Two Russian-supplied ‘Smerch’ (Translation: Whirlwind) heavy multiple rocket launchers have been spotted in Syria. According to local sources, the heavy multiple rocket launchers support the ongoing government advance against ISIS terrorists in the countryside of Palmyra.
Some sources speculate that the systems are operated by Russian servicemen. However, most likely the crews are Syrian and are assisted by Russian military advisers.
The Smerch heavy multiple rocket launcher has a firing range up to 90 km (depending on the warehead) and is desiged to destroy personnel and armored vehicles as well as artillery pieces, command posts and ammunition depots.