Tom Parfitt — Daily Express Oct 29, 2015
The mobile killing machine – dubbed the ‘Blazing Sun’ – was sent to Syria last month as the Russian president stepped up his mission to obliterate ISIS.
And the two-minute clip, released by the Syrian army, shows the fearsome weapon in action against the terror group for the first time.
It was fired at ISIS positions in the mountains in the north-east of Latakia, Syria’s main port city.
The weapon – also known as the TOS-1A – is thought to be suited to mountain areas and other confined environments such as bunkers and tunnels.
It was first used during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1988 but only made its public debut during the Second Chechen War in 1999.
Temperatures soar to a staggering 1,000 degrees Celsius at the epicentre of the explosion – burning out atmospheric oxygen and rupturing the lungs of the victims.
A report by the CIA in 1993 warned: “The effect of an FAE [fuel-air explosive] explosion within confined spaces is immense.
“Those near the ignition point are obliterated.”
Earlier this year Igor Sevastyanov of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state-owned arms exporter, said: “Russian-made heavy flame-throwing systems are quite popular in the Middle East.
“Their use in Iraq proved that the TOS-1A is perfect for local combat operations to defeat enemy personnel in heavy fortifications.”