The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed at least one TOS-1A thermobaric rocket launcher on the frontlines of Aleppo governorate.
On February 15, pro-government sources released a photo showing the heavy rocket launcher moving on the road in the vicinity of Aleppo’s city center.
The TOS-1A, which is based on the T-72 tank chassis, launches heavy 220 mm rockets with a range of up to 6 km. The rockets are armed with a heavy fuel air explosives (FAE) warhead.
The thermobaric rocket launcher is mainly used against military personnel, equipment and buildings, including fortified constructions, such as trenches, tunnels and caves.
The Syrian military is operating an unknown number of TOS-1A rocket launchers, which have been supplied by Russia after 2015.
The SAA is likely planning to use the thermobaric rocket launcher to take out the remaining militants’ fortifications in the northwestern and northern outskirts of Aleppo city. Army units are now advancing in the region.