Yuri Lyamin and I have written a new post for the ARES company blog, The Hoplite, on the presence of 9M55K cargo rockets and 9N235 fragmentation submunitions in Syria.
Two interesting videos have surfaced from the area around the town of Kafr Zita, in the northern part of Syria’s Hama governorate. In recent days, heavy fighting has raged between government forces and armed opposition groups in the area, with the Syrian Arab Army employing a range of conventional and rocket artillery. Video evidence appears to indicate that the 9K58 Smerch (Смерч; ‘Tornado’) 300 mm multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) was in use. The 9K58 is a 300 mm MLRS originally designed in the USSR, and capable of firing several different rockets, including cargo rockets deploying submunitions. The presence of this system will come as a surprise to many observers, as the 9K58 has not been documented in Syrian service.
9M55K cargo rocket.
9N235 fragmentation submunitions