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Russia to showcase advanced flamethrower system in Jordan

May 07, 12:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia’s exposition at the SOFEX-2018 international arms show in Jordan’s Amman will feature the TOS-1A Solntsepyok heavy flamethrower system

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MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. Russia’s exposition at the SOFEX-2018 international arms show in Jordan’s Amman on May 8-10 will feature the TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Scorching Sun) heavy flamethrower system, the press office of state arms seller Rosoboronexport reported on Monday.

"Rosoboronexport’s stand will also acquaint viewers with the unique tactical and technical characteristics of the TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system that stably enjoys high demand on the world arms market along with other Russian military hardware," the press office said.

Russia’s TOS-1A flamethrower has been "at the peak of its popularity" in the Middle East in recent years: "this system has proven its worth in large-scale anti-terror operations," the company noted.

The flamethrower is mounted on the chassis of the T-72 tank. The TOS-1A is capable of firing both thermobaric rockets and smoke-incendiary munitions. The flamethrower is designed to set ablaze and destroy buildings and structures and damage an enemy’s lightly armored vehicles.

The TOS-1A is produced at Omsktransmash Enterprise, which is part of the Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer.

Russia’s stands at the arms show will also feature Tigr and Taifun-K armored vehicles, BTR-80/80A/82A armored personnel carriers, Kornet-E and Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems, night vision sights and devices, the RPO PDM-A Shmel-M enhanced range and lethality infantry flame-throwing rocket launcher, mobile Igla-S and Verba air defense missile systems and other items.

"The military and technical cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has big potential for development. During the arms exhibition, meetings are planned with the military and political leadership of Jordan on current and future projects in the sphere of military and technical cooperation," the press office quoted Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev as saying.

Many of Russia’s military hardware items featured at the arms show "successfully confirmed their excellent characteristics during the Russian air task force’s operation in Syria," he said.

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