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Hell Cannon, Spoils of Syria’s War Displayed in Russian Military Exhibit | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Russian Defense Minister listening to an explanation of the “cannon of hell” used by opponents in Aleppo (Ministry of Defense of Russia)

Moscow- The military display of spoils of war collected from Syrian armed factions at the military exhibit triggered Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s interest.

Made from local scraps and modest means, the ‘Hell Canon’ was a piece that caught the eye of Russia’s Shoygu.
Syrian rebels in Aleppo had used the unique arm in their fight against regime forces and extremist groups.

Shoygu has visited the Army-2017 military-technical forum near Moscow to examine factory-made and makeshift weapons seized from terrorists in Syria.

Improvised artillery in the Syrian Civil War are improvised firearms created and used by factions of the Syrian Civil War, most notably Syrian opposition forces. The weapons include the Hell Cannon and its variants, the Thunder Cannon and the Mortar Cannon.

Shoygu said in a Sunday statement that reaching agreements for the “de-escalation zones” and the distinguishing of rebel factions from and extremist groups, such as “Fatah al-Sham” (Al- Qaeda’s ex-affiliate previously known as Al-Nusra Front), indicates the closing in of the end of the “civil war” ravaging Syria.

The official Facebook page of the Hmeimim Air Base in Lattakia, a Syrian base operated by Russian forces, posted pictures of Shoygu during his visit to the weapon display.

Among Russian exhibits there are the multi-functional robot Uran-6, used for humanitarian mine-clearing operations, such as the one conducted in Palmyra and other Syrian cities, wheeled armored vehicle Taifun-K meant for carrying and protecting personnel, drone Forpost and diving gear for anti-sabotage coast guard units.

Shoygu closely examined the exposition featuring seized weapons, in particular, makeshift mortars and devices for fiving gas cylinders and improvised rockets.

The show will be open to the general public on August 25-27.

The static exhibition features weapons and special technologies of the Aerospace Force, engineering troops, the Navy and military police.

An exhibition of photographs covers all stages of the operation of the Russian military group in Syria and its daily routine.