The Russian chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection troops (RKhBZ) have received 30 TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Sunburn) 220 mm multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) in 2018, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a Ministry of Defence (MoD) board meeting on 31 August.
He added that the RKhBZ would begin receiving a new generation of improved incendiary weapons. He reported that the TOS-1A had performed well in Syria, destroying 1,200 targets in support of attacks by Syrian troops.
The share of modern equipment in service with the RKhBZ has reached 62% and will increase to 72% by 2020. In recent years, 11 CBRN protection regiments have been established.
Rostec’s NPO Splav company is designing an updated variant of the TOS-1A system, which is designated Tosochka. “Unlike the baseline model, Tosochka will be mounted on a wheeled chassis. State trials of the new launcher are scheduled for 2019, and operational evaluation and tests will start in 2020,” Splav told Jane’s .
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