How has the tactics of using Solntsepek heavy flamethrowers changed in Ukraine?

Plot RF special operation in Donbass and Ukraine

The Russian Ministry of Defense showed footage of the combat use of heavy flamethrower systems TOS-1A Solntsepek calculations of the Western Military District. It is reported that with the help of such systems, fortified long-term strongholds and positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are destroyed. height=”425″ width=”640″ style=”display: block;” />

TOS-1A “Solntsepek”. Photo: www.globallookpress.com/MOD Russia

The military department notes that the control and adjustment of targets is carried out by calculations of unmanned aerial vehicles, which makes it possible to achieve high hitting accuracy. The high accuracy of salvo firing at an area target is ensured by automated guidance. Today, the positions of TOS-1A are actually at the forefront, at short distances up to 500 meters from the enemy. Therefore, it is especially important after a volley to quickly change the firing position so as not to fall under return fire. Earlier it was reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine consider Russian heavy flamethrower systems to be their priority targets due to their power.

At the forefront

The flight range of the “Solntsepeka” projectiles is only 6 kilometers, which means that the installations had to advance directly to the front line, where they can become the target of even artillery systems that are not the most long-range by modern standards. Therefore, the basis for heavy flamethrowers is the chassis of the 46-ton T-72 tank. On the positions, the combat vehicle is accompanied by a transport-loading vehicle based on the T-72 with a manipulator, which loads the flamethrower with 96-kilogram rockets, since they cannot be loaded manually. 

TOS-1A «Solntsepek» carries 24 rounds, can fire single charges, pairs or bursts, — it will take 16 seconds to exit the entire ammunition load. It takes 24 minutes to fully recharge the flamethrower. The crew of the flamethrower consists of three people, they have a laser rangefinder and a ballistic computer at their disposal.

All targets

Heavy flamethrower systems are in service with the RCB protection brigades. Their main task — disabling light armored vehicles, arson and destruction of buildings and structures, as well as the destruction of enemy manpower located in open areas and in fortifications.

Firepower

According to the degree of damage inflicted on the enemy TOS-1A “Solntsepek” second only to nuclear weapons. They are especially effective at destroying powerful fortifications and helping to smoke out the enemy in urban areas. Flamethrowers are especially effective in the mountains, where the waves reflected from the rocks overlap and reinforce each other.

The main secret of this weapon is volumetric detonating ammunition. The projectile sprays an explosive aerosol over the target, which penetrates any trenches and bunkers, and then detonates. It turns out a blast wave, which is many times more powerful than when using conventional ammunition. 

In this case, the temperature at the epicenter of the explosion reaches 800 degrees. The heat from the explosion of a TOC volumetric detonating charge affects everything within a radius of 300 meters. The explosion burns out the oxygen around and causes a sudden pressure surge. It is fraught with severe injuries to internal organs (primarily the lungs and eardrums), and it is almost impossible to protect yourself from it.

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One of a kind

NPO Splav, a manufacturer of all Russian heavy flamethrower systems, is currently working on a new generation self-propelled flamethrower on wheels. They called him “Tosochka”. Complete foreign analogues of “Solntsepeka” no. For example, the US Army uses only hand-held flamethrowers and shells with a thermobaric warhead for multiple launch rocket systems. Therefore, Russian TOS willingly take on the world arms market, they are especially well bought by the countries of the Middle East, where the “Solntsepeki” have proven themselves in operations against militants who prefer to defend themselves in fortified areas and cities and who do not have the means to counter them.

Source of information: https://t.me /mod_russia/17094

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