Syrian Army Utilizing New Model of Advanced Missile-Launchers in War on Terrorists


The Syrian Army mounted a new model of Missile-Launchers, called Volcano, on its BMP1 armored vehicles to reinvigorate the armored units’ combat capabilities in the fight against terrorists.

The sources said that the Syrian army engineers have invented a new model of missile-launchers called Volcano and have mounded it on the BMP1 armored vehicle to enhance the army’s combat capabilities and might in the war on the terrorist groups.

The engineers have modified BMP1 vehicles in order to be able to mount the Volcano Missile-Launchers on them, they added.

The sources went on to say that the Syrian engineers invented the new model of missile-launchers to install them on the highest point of BMP1 armored vehicles’ chassis with the operational range of five to seven kilometers.

In the meantime, the Russian language Russkaya Gazeta newspaper said in a report that before modifying the BMP1 armored vehicles and shifting it into a missile-launcher, the army had mounted its missile-launchers on the Russian-made Sadko vehicles.

Russkaya Gazeta newspaper reported in mid-April that the Syrian army was using the state-of-the-art T-72 tanks in its campaign against the terrorist groups.

The paper said in a report that at least two T-72 tanks were monitored in Syria that enjoy some capabilities of the T-14 tanks that were among the latest state-of-the-art tanks in the world.

According to the report, one of the two tanks monitored in Syria was equipped with night vision systems and it could still be used for daylight missions if the tank’s surveillance system was damaged in clashes.

The second tank was equipped with a camera and active protection system (Sarab) that made the armor resistant to a variety of enemy missiles. Also a Viper-72 system was mounted on the tank which could trace targets some 4km away.

Other reports said in March that the Syrian army optimized its T-72 battlefield tanks to resist against anti-tank missiles.

According to the Arabic-language al-Hadath news website, an optimized T-72 tank was hit by an anti-tank missile in a test field in Damascus province, but the tank remained unharmed and continued operations.

Diyana Mikhailov, a military expert, said that the T-72 tank merely sustained some small damage during the test, adding that the optimization process was successful.

The Syrian army had deployed the Russian T-90 tanks against the terrorists in Aleppo Front in Northern Syria in February 2016 after the T-72 tanks failed to resist against the terrorists’ anti-tank missiles.

The T-90 and its outstanding capability to destroy incoming TOW and M79 missiles appears to be perfect for a theater of war like the one in Syria.

In 4 and a half years of conflict, more than 9,000 BGM-71E3B TOW and M79 anti-tank systems were introduced in the country. Their capability to easily penetrate T-55 and T-72 tanks was the main reason why the Syrian Army had so many problems gaining ground in Aleppo province prior to using T-90 tanks.

Now, after optimization process, the Syrian army troops would be able to use the T-72 tanks again.

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