The recently appeared footage depicts the Syrian government forces using Iranian-made Toophan 1 anti-tank missiles against Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda) and its US-backed ‘moderate’ allies near the Air Defense Battalion in the southern countryside of Aleppo city. The Air Defense Battalion area was captured by the Syrian army, Hezbollah and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba last night.
Toophan 1 is a reverse-engineered Iranian copy of the US military BGM-71 TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile. The Toophan-1’s payload is a 3.6 kg high-explosive anti-tank warhead that can penetrate up to 550mm of steel armor. Toophan 1 range is about 3,850m Iran has produced this type of missiles since 2000.