Built on a T-72 tank chassis, the new rocket system has already been put into service with the Syrian Army’s 4th Armored Division and participated in its counterterrorism operations throughout the country.

Presumably called the Golan-1000 out of reference to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the new rocket system carries three massive 500 mm rounds, each packed with 500 kg of high-explosive fragmentation ammunition.

Other verified information about the system is scarce, but the Golan-1000 is presumed to be a short-range launcher meant to defeat enemy fortifications, vehicles and manpower.

The vehicle has already been dubbed an “improvised TOS-1” or “rocket monster” by some observers.

The heavy self-propelled artillery system is believed to have already been used against militants in the southern outskirts of Damascus. A video published by Ruptly in late April was said to feature the Golan-1000 firing off rounds into Hajar al-Aswad district, south of Damascus, where Daesh* forces were holed up.

The 4th Armored Division, also known as the Syrian military’s “armored special forces” has engaged in over a dozen battles across the country over the course of its seven-year foreign-backed civil war.

The unit participated in the siege of Daraa, the battle of Aleppo, the defense of Damascus, and the battle of Harasta.

The Golan Heights are a 1,800 square km strip of Syrian territory occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981.

The UN Security Council condemned the annexation of the region and called the decision to impose Israeli “laws, jurisdiction and administration” over the territory “null and void and without international legal effect.”

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In 2016, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel would never return the Golan Heights to Syria.

Source: Sputnik

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“The Golan Heights are a 1,800 square km strip of Syrian territory occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed in 1981. ”
=> Actually, it was illegally invaded by Syria in 1948, annexed and re-taken by Israel in 1967…
Golan was part of Brit Mandate, Syria was part of French mandate and got its independence before the end of the Brit Mandate, thus, Golan was no part of Syria at the moment of the creation of the Syrian state…
Newsdesk, biasing history again!