Russia prepares to rain down hellfire on ISIS: Putin’s forces deploy ‘Blazing Sun’ heavy flamethrower missile launcher to Syria… which is capable of flattening eight city blocks
- Russia has reportedly deployed the TOS-1A weapons system in Syria
- The TOS-1A is a multiple rocket launcher mounted on a tank chassis
- It features thermobaric weapons which can destroy eight city blocks
- Follows Moscow claims that Russian forces hit 40 ISIS targets in 24 hours
Russia has deployed one of the deadliest weapons in its arsenal as part of their military action in Syria, according to reports.
The mobile multiple rocket launcher – TOS-1A – features thermobaric weapons which can destroy eight city blocks in one strike, causing indiscriminate damage.
This comes as Moscow announced that Russian fighter jets hit 40 ISIS targets in Syria since Tuesday morning.
The TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower System, also nicknamed Buratino after a Russian children’s book character, can destroy several city blocks in one strike,
The thermobaric warheads, also called vacuum or fuel-air explosives, spreads a flammable liquid around a target and then ignites the liquid.
Big guns: The TOS-1A – a multiple barrel rocket launcher mounted on a tank – features thermobaric weapons which can destroy several city blocks in one strike, causing indiscriminate damage
The blast is lethal in itself, but the vacuum that follows the explosion is strong enough to cause deadly internal damage, including rupturing of vital organs, such as the lungs.
A study by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency from as early as 1993, writes that the effect of a thermobaric weapon on targets in confined spaces, such as buildings, bunkers and tunnels, is ‘immense’.
‘Those near the ignition point are obliterated. Those at the fringe are likely to suffer many internal, and thus invisible injuries, including burst eardrums and crushed inner ear organs, severe concussions, ruptured lungs and internal organs, and possibly blindness.’
The TOS-1A has reportedly been used by the Russian Army since 2001 and has also been exported to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Iraq where it has already been used to fight ISIS.
This follows reports that Russia also reportedly moved the TOS-1 system into rebel-held Ukraine earlier this month.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – which is monitoring a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine – reported that its monitors had spotted a mobile TOS-1 Buratino system just two weeks ago.
Lethal: A thermobaric rocket spreads a flammable liquid around a target and then ignites the liquid, creating not just an explosion, but also a vacuum strong enough to cause deadly internal damage
Earlier today, Russia’s defence ministry reported that it’s fighter jets had hit 40 ISIS targets over the past 24 hours, destroying several ammunition depots
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