MOSCOW ($1=58.01 Russian Rubles) — The Russian army received a new batch of TOS-1A Solntsepek multiple rocket launchers, Izvestia writes. The information was confirmed by a press release of UralVagonZavod. The delivery of the new batch started today, September 26th.
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TOS-1A Solntsepek is a flamethrower system that is capable of launching missiles with thermobaric warheads. This type of munition is also known as an aerosol bomb, a vacuum bomb, or a fuel-air explosive [FAE].
TOS-1A has a range of no more than 6 km, but it can cover a very large area, and the affected area after the impact is even larger – 40,000 square meters [according to Russian characteristics]. The system fires 220mm ammunition.
The principle of operation is as follows: the MLR fires its full package of unguided munitions with a thermobaric warhead. During the explosion, the munition ejects a propellant aerosol. A vacuum is obtained, which sucks out the air and generates a volumetric explosion.
The TOS-1A can burn out very quickly all enemy positions on the ground within a certain radius. During the explosion and after it, the fiery mixture penetrates into any gap, crack, or opening – dugout, basement, cave, hiding place, etc. It is almost impossible for a person within the blast radius to escape the effects.
UralVagonZavod continues to supply Russian heavy combat and armored vehicles to the army. In reality, since May, deliveries have not stopped with few exceptions. The Russian army has already received new BRM-1K combat reconnaissance vehicles, as well as at least three batches of T-90M Proriv tanks, which were immediately distributed to the Western Military District of the Russian Federation.
However, UralVagonZavod is working overtime, almost at full speed, despite the economic sanctions of the West. The lack of new technology from Western suppliers is having an impact, but not the expected one. Only a few days ago, the Russian president ordered the extension of working hours at all factories of Russia’s military-industrial complex.
Recently it became clear that two repair plants for heavily armored vehicles, mainly tanks, will be revealed. They will be in the regions of Moscow and Rostov. Their disclosure is necessary because mobile repair teams can’t carry out repairs on the battlefield.
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