Skip to main content

Ukrainian army fires TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower against its former Russian owner



In a tweet dated April 6, Ukraine-Russia Archives reports that, for the first time, Ukrainian defenders used a TOS-1A Solntsepyok against the Russian enemy himself, said Serhiy Bratchuk, speaker of the Odesa OVA. According to him, it happened in the Izyum direction, without mentioning a date.
Follow Army Recognition on Google News at this link


Army Recognition Global Defense and Security news
In a tweet dated April 6, Ukraine-Russia Archives reports that, for the first time, Ukrainian defenders used a TOS-1A Solntsepyok against the Russian enemy himself, said Serhiy Bratchuk, speaker of the Odesa OVA. According to him, it happened in the Izyum direction, without mentioning a date. (Picture source: Twitter account of Ukraine-Russia Archives)


Countless pictures and videos posted on social networks and broadcasted on Western TVs (not in Russia) show Ukrainians recuperating an impressive amount of Russian tanks, armored vehicles trucks and other vehicles abandoned by their crews, sometimes in perfect condition, occasionally bogged down in a wood or a field. Many of them are inducted in the Ukrainian army. This is the first time, though, that a picture shows a TOS-1A Solntsepyok, or Heavy Flamethrower, fired by the Ukrainians against its original Russian owner (it still bears its Z marking).

TOS-1 is a Soviet-era 220 mm 30-barrel (original system: Object 634 or TOS-1M) or 24-barrel (Object 634B or TOS-1A) multiple rocket launcher capable of firing thermobaric warheads, mounted on a T-72 tank chassis. TOS-1 was designed to attack enemy fortified positions and lightly armored vehicles and transports. First combat tests took place in 1988 and 1989 in the Panjshir Valley during the Soviet–Afghan War. The TOS-1 was shown for the first time in public in 1999 in Omsk.

TOS-1 is originally not assigned to the artillery units of the Russian Armed Forces but is theoretically found in Russian NBC protection troops. That is why it does not have a GRAU index but rather an RKhBZ index—МO.1.01.00. However, during its current invasion of Ukraine, the Russian army uses it as a common MLRS in artillery missions.


 

Copyright © 2019 - 2024 Army Recognition | Webdesign by Zzam

Discover the power of advanced AI with the new Military Equipment Guide App (MEGA) by IDDEA. Instantly recognize and identify military equipment with unparalleled accuracy. Enhance your knowledge and operational efficiency with this cutting-edge tool.

Subscribe now to stay updated and gain exclusive access to expert features!

Join our community today!