The manufacturer UralVagonZavod has handed over more TOS-1A Solntsepek complexes to the Russian Army to serve combat requirements.
The Russian military has received a new batch of weapons consisting of many TOS-1A Solntsepek complexes, the Izvestia news agency said, after consulting sources from the manufacturer UralVagonZavod, this delivery was carried out on September 26.
TOS-1A Solntsepek is a heavy flamethrower system with the ability to launch missiles with thermobaric warheads. This type of rocket with a diameter of 220 mm has extremely high damage, much stronger than conventional multiple rocket launchers.
The ammunition of the TOS-1A has a range of no more than 6 km (3 – 4 km effective), but it is enough to cover a very large area, and the area affected after the explosion is even larger – 40,000 meters square (according to the manufacturer’s notice).
The operating principle of the TOS-1A is as follows: The launcher fires unguided projectiles with a thermobaric warhead. During detonation, the fuel-injected projectile ignites the surrounding area and creates a destructive volumetric explosion.
TOS-1A can quickly destroy all enemy life on the ground within a certain radius. After the explosion, the fire mixture penetrates into any openings, and cracks, including tunnels, caves, hiding places, etc.
It was nearly impossible for a soldier within the blast radius to escape the effects, even if not directly damaged by the thermobaric fuel from the projectile, there would be no oxygen left to breathe.
Although the projectile is a rainbow, the TOS-1A Solntsepek heavy flamethrower system is counted as a direct fire, ie equivalent to a direct-fire weapon, it often clears the way for the tank formation to overflow attack.
Currently, Russia has mass-produced the next version of the TOS-1A Solntsepek with the designation TOS-2 Tosochka, this system uses the Typhoon-U wheel mine-resistant armored chassis instead of the T-72 tank chassis.
The TOS-2’s range is also reported to be much larger than that of the TOS-1A, making it possible to use it as a conventional multiple rocket launcher, that is, as indirect fire if accuracy is assured tell.
In addition, UralVagonZavod continues to provide tanks and heavy armored vehicles to the Russian Army. In fact, as of May, deliveries have not stopped with a few exceptions.
The Russian army has received new-generation BRM-1K combat reconnaissance vehicles, as well as at least 3 batches of T-90M Proryv main battle tanks, which were immediately distributed to the Northern Military District West borders Ukraine.
However, UralVagonZavod workers are still working overtime, almost at full speed, despite Western economic sanctions causing some negative effects.
The lack of new technology from Western suppliers makes it difficult but not to the point of stalling production. Just a few days ago, President Putin ordered the extension of working hours at all factories of Russia’s defense industrial complex.
Recently, it was reported that two factories for repairing heavy armored vehicles, mainly tanks, will be established in the Moscow and Rostov regions. The addition was necessary because mobile repair crews could not get all the work done on the battlefield.