DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal that Hizballah forces taking part in the operation to drive ISIS out of the eastern Syrian town of Mayadin have been equipped with the fearsome Russian-made TOS-1A rocket launchers, considered to be the most powerful conventional weapon in the world.
It consists of a heavy flamethrower with 24 launchers mounted on a Russian T-72 tank. It is capable of blanketing an area of 2-5 sq. km to totally obliterate enemy concentrations, along with their fortifications and armored vehicles. Propyl-nitrate and light magnesium fuel give the TOS-1A the extra power that makes it almost as destructive as a tactical nuclear weapon. Until now, it was confined to Russian and Syrian units.