June 4, 2015
By Aleksey Khlopotov
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
Recently published photos show that on June 2, 2015 a new batch of 3 TOS-1A Solntsepyok [Sun Blaze–a rather ironic name for a flamethrowing system] self-propelled rocket flamethrowers was unloaded in the Iraqi port of Umm-Qasr. The photos show that the delivered battery includes three BM-1 launcher vehicles on T-90 chassis and three new transporter-loader vehicles on KamAZ 8×8 truck chassis. The TOS-1A system previously used tracked TZM-T transporter-loaders. Russia also supplied a KamAZ 6×6 command vehicle.
J.Hawk’s Comment: So this is Russia’s “second front” against ISIS. The first is, of course, Syria which likewise gets support via the Syria Express.