New Russian TOS-2 Tosochka flamethrower will enter in service at the end of this year
According to a Tweet released by SOVA on August 21, 2020, the new TOS-2 Tosochka flamethrower MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) will be delivered to the Russian troops by the end of the year and will take part to the Russian military exercise Kavkaz 2020.
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TOS-2 flamethrower rocket launcher system at Victory Day military parade, June 2020. (Picture source Twitter account SOVA)
The new TOS 2 Tosochka MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) was unveiled during the Victory Day military parade in June of this year. The TOS 2 is a rocket launcher in the family of TOS flamethrower based on a military truck chassis Ural-63706-0120 with double axles at the rear of the chassis.
The TOS-2 Tosochka heavy flamethrower system is based on a Ural wheeled all-wheel drive chassis to increase mobility. It will have a firing range from 3.5 to 10 km.
The TOS 2 uses the same thermobaric ammunition as the TOS-1 and TOS-1 which are based on tracked chassis. A thermobaric weapon is a type of explosive that uses oxygen from the surrounding air to generate a high-temperature explosion. It is a close-range weapon system that can be used against unconcealed and concealed positions.
The rear of the truck chassis is fitted with the launcher weapon station including a container with three rows of eight rocket launcher tubes. According to Russian military sources, it can fire 220mm rockets with thermobaric and smoke-incendiary warheads. The vehicle is also equipped with an onboard computerized fire control system, inertial navigation, and aiming systems.