The Russian heavy flamethrower systems (TOS) of the TOS-1 “Buratino” and TOS-1A “Solntsepek” systems will be updated, Izvestia reports, citing sources in the Ministry of Defense.
According to the newspaper, the modernization involves an increase in combat power, security and firing range, as well as a connection to the “military Internet”. The publication, in particular, notes that the new long-range missiles will allow “to burn out entire hectares at a distance of 15 kilometers.”
“Such heavy flamethrower systems fire direct fire at the leading edge. With the help of the new equipment, they will be able to work from closed positions, ”military expert Viktor Murakhovsky told the newspaper.
In November, Izvestia, referring to sources in the Ministry of Defense, reported that the Southern Military District (YuVO) will be the first in Russia to receive the latest TOS-2 Tosochka wheel systems, which will replace the tracked TOS-1 Buratino and TOS-1A Solntsepek “.
In January 2018, the publication of the German newspaper Stern claimed that “the TOS-1 flamethrower is Russia's most terrible weapon in Syria,” and “its volleys are destroying the bunkers and fortresses of the rebels.”