Algeria has confirmed the acquisition of TOS-1A multiple rocket launchers from Russia after one system was seen during television footage of an exercise on 12 May.
The system consists of a launcher for 24 rockets mounted on a T-72 hull. Described by the Russians as a heavy flamethrower, it is a short-range area bombardment weapon with its 220 mm rockets carrying large thermobaric warheads.
Algeria is the fifth known TOS-1A export customer after Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, and Kazakhstan.
The system was revealed during a visit by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah to the 4th Military Region in Ouargla, which is responsible for the country’s eastern border with Libya.
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