Russia Delivers Flamethrower Systems to Saudi Arabia — Reports

Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Saudi Arabia has received its first batch of heavy flamethrower systems from Russia, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday.

Russia signed a deal to supply its “Sunburn” military equipment to Saudi Arabia in 2017. First developed in 2001, the “Sunburn” heavy flamethrower systems’ design was based on the framework of a Soviet T-72 battle tank.

The flamethrowing systems are intended to bolster motorized rifle and tank military divisions, RIA quoted a military source as saying.

Russia’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia includes the supply of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles, Dmitry Shugayev, head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, was quoted as saying.

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