TOS-2 Tosochka, Russia's Newest Flame Ejection System

TOS-2 Tosochka
TOS-2 Tosochka
Militarymedia.net - The Russian military has started trials of the new TOS-2 Tosochka heavy fire ejection system. The weapon fires a thermobaric projectile that uses oxygen from the surrounding air to produce a high-temperature explosion.

This weapon is designed to burn and destroy buildings as well as immobilize lightly armored vehicles. This will be used to eradicate terrorists hiding in caves and tunnels that are difficult to reach without the risk of losing personnel.

"TOS-2 works as follows: It launches a rocket with a thermobaric projectile which, when hitting the ground, releases a cloud with a flammable substance, which explodes like a fireball in a film or video game," said a source at the Russian military industrial complex, as reported. Russia Beyond The Headline.

According to him, Russia has been actively deploying the previous generation of heavy flamethrower systems in Syria to force militant groups out of caves and tunnels where they were hiding.

“Gas penetrates the hardest to reach places. These weapons have proven to be very effective in conflicts in the Middle East. What's more, thermobaric projectiles are not included in the UN Chemical Weapons Convention, "he explained.

The TOS-2 is a further development of the heavy fire ejection system used by the Russian army and supplied to Moscow's overseas partners. Previous models included the TOS-1 Buratino and TOS-1A Solntsepek.

The main difference between the TOS-2 and the previous generation system was the wheeled chassis instead of the T-72 track. Thus, maneuverability and vehicle mobility are increased, while production costs are reduced.

"This solution allows us to carry out a hit-and-run tactic, launch a blitz on the enemy and then escape as quickly as possible," said Vadim Kozyulin of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences.

According to him, the mobility of vehicles with chain wheels is very slow and heavy even though it is better protected. Because of this, he explained, the previous generation TOS system would be used on the front lines, while the TOS-2 was deployed to carry out a surprise attack.

The tactical and technical specifications of this weapon remain secret until the end of testing in 2021. Even so, Kozyulin believes that the developer will create a new high-precision projectile to replace existing ammunition.

"Engineers have always followed the classic principle of 'faster, higher, stronger'. The new ammunition has been developed for the second generation TOS. "The ammunition should show its capabilities in the coming months, as well as its electronic protection system to hide the vehicle from the enemy," he said.

The previous generation TOS-1A featured an 18-barrel dual rocket launcher. Therefore, in addition to modern automatic fire control systems, the latest models with thermobaric projectiles will likely have the same number of launchers.

“Another difference between the TOS-2 and its predecessor is the ammunition refill system. Previously, the vehicle was equipped with a transloader, but now Tosochka is equipped with a loading crane to handle this task, "said Kozyulin.

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