Russians send a new batch of TOS-1A Solntsepyok to the frontline

Russians send a new batch of TOS-1A Solntsepyok to the frontline

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The Omsk transport machine factory has sent TOS-1А systems to the frontline. The batch was prepared by contract of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the work was carried out ahead of schedule.

This was reported by the Russian publication GTRK Irtysh.

The number of the delivered combat vehicles is not specified. Published photos and videos show no more than two Solntsepyoks at the same time, but the number may be higher.

It is also not reported whether these are new vehicles, or whether they have undergone the repair and modernization of equipment from active army’s units. The Russian media also does not reveal to what connection or unit the armored vehicles will arrive.

TOS-1A Solntsepyok

The TOS-1A Solntsepyok Heavy Flamethrower System was created on the basis of the TOS-1 Buratino and entered service with the ground forces of the Russian Federation in two-thousand years.

Armored vehicles of a specific kind are used for firing unguided thermobaric rockets. Russia makes them in a small series. According to various estimates, several dozen of Solntsepyoks received flamethrower units of NBC Protection Troops.

Since February 24, units of flamethrowers with TOS-1А from various military districts of the Russian Federation have been participating in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Despite the aggressive marketing of the Russian military-industrial industry and the numerous statements of the Russian media about the high efficiency of TOS-1 and TOS-1А Heavy Flamethrower Systems, combat vehicles have significant disadvantages.

The Russian military demonstrated the problems of a Heavy Flamethrower System in real hostilities. Russian propagandists posted a video using the TOS-1A Solntsepyok on which the combat work of TOS-1А and firing at the Ukrainian village of Dovhenke in the Kharkiv region is demonstrated.

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And despite adjusting the fire with the help of a Russian drone, from which the crew received coordinates, the TOS-1А missed eight times in a row.

The second TOS-1 problem is the range of fire of this system. It is stated that the effective range of the TOS-1А is approximately 6,000 meters. This is not enough for the conditions of modern war, so the crew is forced to enter the zone of defeat of Ukrainian artillery.

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