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Why is Russian fearsome thermobaric flamethrower hotter than the sun

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The burning projectile fired by Russia’s TOS-1A heavy thermobaric flamethrower system is capable of making life a living hell for anyone within its reach. Aptly dubbed “Solntsepyok” (Sunheat), the TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system is a 220 mm 24-barrel multiple rocket launcher and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 tank chassis.

Russian fearsome thermobaric flamethrower’s secrets revealed

It has gained a uniquely nasty reputation because of the horrifying effects of its fuel-air explosive warheads.
The TOS-1A fires thermobaric rockets, which disperse a cloud of flammable liquid into the air around the target, and then ignite it. The effect of their explosion is absolutely devastating as the blast lasts significantly longer and the resulting shockwave is much hotter and more powerful than anything other conventional warheads can boast of.

As if that was not enough, all the oxygen in the vicinity of the explosion is also consumed creating a partial vacuum. All this makes the TOS-1A a horrifying weapon against enemy personnel hiding in bunkers and caves and has earned it the well-deserved title of “the most devastating explosive weapons short of tactical nuclear weapons around.”

Vladimir Medvedev, the chief designer at SPLAV R&D Association, which developed the system’s missile, told Zvezda TV that it was originally meant to have a range of 3.,5 kilometers (2.3 miles), but was later upgraded to fly up to six kilometers (three miles). The minimum range of 600 meters (yards) was preserved though, which means that the Solntsepyok can fire virtually point-blank.

The missile travels along a very steep trajectory literally “falling” on an enemy’s head. Targeting is done with the help of an optical sight with a laser rangefinder and ballistic calculator. They position the launcher at a proper angle and all the operator needs to do is pull the trigger.

A single TOS-1A packs more firepower than several 18-howitzer batteries. Fire preparation is just a tiny fraction of what conventional multiple rocket launchers need to open up.

The TOS-1A is the only such thermobaric flamethrower around, but Vladimir Medvedev believes that impressed by its performance in real combat situations, foreign weapons designers are likely to start developing heir own such systems.

Meanwhile, unwilling to rest on its laurels, the SPLAV designers are already setting their sight on a new generation of heavy flamethrower systems lovingly dubbed “Tosochka” (Baby TOS).

In addition to the TOS-1A’s predecessor, the Tosochka, already included in the 2018-2025 State Armament Program, will also have a wheeled chassis making it ideal for use in the desert and for potential buyers from the Middle East. The Tosochka is expected to be showcased during the Army —2017 international forum scheduled for later this month.

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Super ‘Bazooka’: New weapon in U.S. Army arsenal

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The Carl Gustaf was designed in 1946 by two Swedes named Hugo Abramson and Harald Jentzen which at the time appeared to be just another recoilless rifle like the famous bazooka. Many of these weapons fell out of use in the following decades as anti-tank missiles took over.

But the Carl Gustaf stuck around and for a different role than Abramson and Jentzen had planned in the 1940s. For one, it’s now just as much an anti-infantry weapon owing to its range, low cost and types of ammunition.
Soldiers are fond of the 84-millimeter Carl Gustaf, and it’s easy to see why. The weapon is quite practical for dismounted infantry especially at long ranges and creates a thrilling blast, so it’s fun to shoot.

The U.S. Army had a handful in service with Special Operations units, and they proved so popular that the Army began distributing them widely. What did you guys think about this video? Share your thoughts with us!

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Russian snipers set a new world record by hitting a target from an incredible 2.6 miles

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RUSSIAN snipers claim to have hit a target placed an astonishing 2.6 miles away – smashing an incredible new world record.

Sharpshooters working for Lobaev Arms say they broke the record, which was previously set by a Canadian, from a seemingly impossible distance using skill and a highly accurate new weapon.

The previous record, reported as 2.1 miles, was held by an unnamed Joint Task Force 2 sniper who shot an ISIS terrorist in Iraq in May this year using a McMillan Tac-50 rifle.

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The new distance was set by Andrey Ryabinsky on a specially made Russian-produced SVLK-14 Twilight rifle.

The deadly gun is made of a reinforced sandwich of carbon fibre, Kevlar and fibreglass, and is specifically designed for use with powerful ammunition such as the Cheytac rounds.

Talented marksman Andrey Ryabinsky claims he trained for eight years in preparation for the single record-breaking shot

The rifle needs custom-made .40 Lobaev bullets, weighing only 27 grams, which can reportedly reach the one-foot target in about 13 seconds.

Sniper Ryabinsky revealed it took him eight years of preparation to make this one shot sand congratulated his team who helped him break the record.

 

He said: “We set a new world record in sniping for the range of the exact shot. I was the one making the shot.

“This is team work that requires the highest level of competence of every member.”

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