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Saudi Arabia used the heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A “Solntsepek” during operation against the Houthis (as Ansar Allah is known). The leaked photo and video reportedly show the use of TOS-1A in the south of Saudi province of Najran. No casualties have been reported yet as a result of the shelling. Ansar Allah has not commented on the issue yet.
The TOS-1A Solntsepek is a 24-barrel rocket launch (MBRL) system designed and developed by the Russian company – Omsk Transmash Design Bureau. It is the latest variant of the TOS-1 flamethrower system. The chassis of TOS-1A MBRL system is based on the T-72 main battle tank. It retains the same design with the turret being replaced with the rocket launch facility. The launch system integrates 24 220mm calibre launch tubes.
In 2017, Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum with Russia on the acquisition of several types of weapons, including the TOS-1A, the Kornet ATGM, and the AGS-30 grenade launcher with the possibility of joint production in the kingdom. In April 2019, photos of the first delivered batch of “Solntsepyok” surfaced online. According to available data, Saudi Arabia is armed with ten TOS-1A.
On the other side, on April 18, the Houthi-affilated media outlet “Yemen Wrath” released fresh combat footage showing a surprise attack of Ansar Allah on the positions of the mercenaries of the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni Talaah area.
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