Russia has deployed one of the deadliest weapons in its arsenal as part of their military action in Syria, according to reports. The mobile multiple rocket launcher – TOS-1A – features thermobaric weapons which can destroy eight city blocks in one strike, causing indiscriminate damage. This comes as Moscow announced that Russian fighter jets hit 40 ISIS targets in Syria since Tuesday morning. The TOS-1A system is a 30- or 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapons mounted on a T-72 tank chassis.

Recent pictures shared on social media purports to show at least one mobile TOS-1A being used by government forces in Syria. The TOS-1A Solntsepyok(meaning ‘blazing sun’) arrived in Syria earlier this month, according to the IBTimes, citing a Russian newspaper. The TOS-1A Heavy Flamethrower System, also nicknamed Buratino after a Russian children’s book character, can destroy several city blocks in one strike, The thermobaric warheads, also called vacuum or fuel-air explosives, spreads a flammable liquid around a target and then ignites the liquid. CONTINUE