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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Evidence Of The Largest Rocket Deployed By The Syrian Air Force

Thanks to a regular reader for highlighting this video from a couple of weeks ago showing a collection of unexploded ordnance (UXO)


There's several items on show, including what I believe is the remains of an IRAM (improvised rocket assisted mortar/muntion), but what's very interesting is the warhead resting on the ground


During the video there's a very clear shot of a metal plate that shows the designation of the warhead


It reads "9 ГЖ 606M", which is the warhead of the S-25-OFM, a variant of the S-25 rocket, an air-to-ground rocket designed to attack hardened targets.

This is the first time I can recall the remains of one of these rockets being recovered in the conflict, and possibly the first evidence of their introduction into the conflict.  It's also the largest air-to-ground unguided rocket of the conflict used so far.

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1 comment:

  1. It's worth mentioning that the rocket was dropped on Al-Khalidiyah district in besieged Homs.

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