Moscow: Russia is now more powerful in the world defence sector. A brand-new heavy flame-throwing system will enter service with the Russian Armed Forces. The Russian Armed Forces is due to get the advanced heavy flame-throwing system. Tosochka will replace the TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Sunheat) heavy flamethrower currently in service.
RIA Novosti quoted Nikolai Makarovets, chief designer of the Russian research and production association Splav, as saying that the Tosochka heavy flamethrower will be delivered in line with Russia’s state armaments program for 2018-2025. Splav is dealing with the development of the Tosochka systems. The Tosochka flame-throwing system can be mounted on the sophisticated Armata tracked vehicle platform. He noted that the heavy flame-throwing systems are widely used in the fight against terrorists.
The TOS-1A Solntsepyok, in turn, is an upgraded version of the TOS-1 Buratino heavy flame-throwing system which underwent its first combat tests in Afghanistan in 1988-1989. In his article for the National Interest last year, defense analyst Sebastien Roblin described the TOS-1 as one of “the most devastating explosive weapons short of tactical nuclear weapons.”
The current effective firing range of the TOS-1A system is about six kilometers. The new shell is expected to increase the new Tosochka flame-throwing system’s range to ten kilometers, that is, by 40 percent. The improved range is expected to be achieved in part via a new fuel/explosive mixture inside the shell.