On June 5, a video and several photos showing Yugoslavian-made TAM 150 military trucks with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) surfaced online.
The 6×6 truck was produced by Tovarna avtomobilov Maribor between 1979-1991. The truck is powered by a German Deutz F 6L 413 F engine and has top speed of 80 kilometers per hour. The Truck was not spotted before in Syria.
Serbian or UAE little help to SAA? pic.twitter.com/NWtdhsqqb4
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) June 5, 2021
The SAA relies mainly on Soviet and Russian-made logistics and utility vehicles like the GAZ-66, Ural-375, KrAZ-255 and MAZ-537. Other vehicles made in Belarus, like the MAZ-437041, MAZ-437041 and MAZ-6317, Ukraine, like the KrAZ-6322, and Czech, like the Tatra-815 and Praga V3S, are also in service with the army.
Following the outbreak of the war in 2011, the SAA made the best out of its utility vehicles by arming them with a variety of weapons, including heavy machine guns, rocket launchers and even howitzers.
Some observers speculated that the TAM 150s were recently supplied to the SAA by the UAE or Serbia. However, pro-government activists claimed that the trucks were actually donated by Arab Gulf states to the army during Operation Desert Shield in 1991.
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