On June 24, the Russian Defense Ministry published a video showing the combat operation of the TOS-1A Solntsepek heavy flamethrower systems during a special operation to defend Donbass.
“Solntsepek” is used to destroy the fortified strongholds and positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), as well as nationalist battalions leading resistance during the liberation of settlements.
The defeat of the enemy is achieved through the complex impact of fragments, high temperatures and high pressure, the department explained. The control and adjustment of the hit targets is carried out with the help of drones.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation noted that even in dugouts and trenches it is impossible to hide from the Solntsepeka volley: after a two-hundred-kilogram projectile hits the target, the thermobaric mixture dissipates in the air and explodes under tremendous pressure, creating a temperature of three thousand degrees. Even steel armor melts in such inferno.
“We are working on a very specific Solntsepek machine. Due to its specifics, we work at very short distances. We can say – at the forefront. That is, we can already work up to five hundred meters. In connection with this and the presence of a very large number of goals in each work, we must also quickly change this position. Due to our extensive experience, which has been accumulated over the years, we do this in a matter of minutes, ”said Roman, deputy platoon commander.
Working at a short distance from the enemy requires the crew to be as focused and coordinated as possible: any delay can be too expensive, the Russian defense ministry stressed.
“We have repeatedly come under mortar fire, artillery fire. There are a lot of traces of fragments on the car. There is a hit from an RPG (hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher. – Ed.): they hit the package directly from an RPG. But nevertheless, the crew survived, everyone remained alive, they saved their equipment and equipment, they are ready to perform tasks, ”said Alexei, head of the calculation of TOS-1A Solntsepek.
At night, the crews of combat vehicles have to work almost more often than during the day, since it is safer and creates an effect of surprise for the enemy.
Earlier, on June 22, the Russian Defense Ministry showed how the Tor-M2 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) is operating during the operation to protect Donbass. The soldiers destroyed a drone that was moving towards the positions of the Russian troops.
Moscow launched a special operation to protect the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) on February 24. It was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the region, an appeal by the leadership of the Donbass republics to the Russian Federation with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the DPR and LPR.
Kyiv has been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état in Ukraine, since 2014.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.