BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – With the commencement of the long-awaited 2018 East Ghouta offensive by Syrian government forces, the Syrian Army is bringing all of the heaviest firepower assets available in its arsenal to bear against militant groups – among many such weapons is the UR-77 charge thrower.
Traditionally, the UR-77 is meant to be used by engineering units to clear paths through enemy minefields.
However, given the weapon’s explosive power, it has found a niche in the Syrian Army as a means of leveling entire areas of enemy front – trenches, fire support positions and all.
At the present time, it is unclear just how many UR-77s are in service with the Syrian Army or, more specifically, the how many units are participating in the new East Ghouta operation.
In any case, the charge thrower’s current deployment against militant groups near the Syrian capital is not a first.
The use of the UR-77 inside urban areas provides Syrian forces with the means to flatten entire neighborhood blocks, thus denying insurgents the ability to turn apartment and housing complexes into strong-points.