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As Military Leak reports, the Russian military for the first time tested a new tactic of using the ISDM remote mine-laying engineering system and mobile groups of heavy flamethrowers in tandem. TOS-1A in the main phase of the joint strategic exercise Zapad-2021 at the Mulino proving ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region.
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ISDM is a remote mining engineering system that was unveiled in June 2020 during the Victory Parade. The vehicle is based on a KamAZ 6560 8×8 military truck chassis with a rear mounted mine launch system. (Image source: Russian Defense Ministry)


Two mobile groups of ten heavy flamethrowers TOS-1A Solntsepyok were used to inflict casualties on the advancing forces of a hypothetical enemy. A combination of uncontrolled unguided missile explosions with thermobaric warheads and a minefield planted by the ISDM Zemledeliye remote mine laying engineering system created a high temperature firing range and high pressure zone on the way to the advancing enemy forces.

ISDM is a remote mining engineering system that was unveiled in June 2020 during the Victory Parade. The vehicle is based on a KamAZ 6560 8×8 military truck chassis with a rear mounted mine launch system. The system was developed by Ganichev NPO Splav.

ISDM fires solid fuel rockets carrying various types of landmines. The system marks mined areas on an electronic map and transmits the data to higher levels of the chain of command. Remote mine laying has a number of advantages as it allows for increased speed of mine laying in complex environments.

According to well-known data, the ISDM combat vehicle is equipped with a 50-barrel multi-launch rocket system consisting of two blocks with five rows of tubular launchers. Each tube can fire a 122mm rocket equipped with mines of different types. All firing operations are controlled from inside the crew cabin using a computerized automatic launch system. The system is supposed to be a mine dispenser functioning like air-dropped cluster bombs.

The reloading system includes a transport-loading unit, also based on a KamAZ 8×8 chassis.


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New ISDM mine laying system launcher unveiled during the Victory Day military parade in June 2020 (Image source: Vitaly Kuzmin)



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