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  • T-90 Tank Hit by TOW in Syria

    Putin's latest tank hit by the deadly TOW missile fired by insurgents in Syria.



    Sorry, I still by habit click EDIT instead of QUOTE button. Nick
    Last edited by nikolas93TS; 28 Feb 16, 16:33.

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  • #2
    Yeah I just saw that video earlier, kind of confirms the reports back in 1999 and the War of Dagestan that this MBT could take such punishment.
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    • #3
      They hit it in exactly the worst place you want to kill a tank: right in the turret face. Since it looks like the commander was OK it doesn't seem like the tank sustained catastrophic damage, a strong showing for a relatively inexpensive vehicle (half the cost of an Abrams).
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      • #4
        That looks to be a TOW I launcher.

        A lot of MBTs would survive a front turret hit.
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        • #5
          In fact most modern tanks were designed specifically to be able to shrug off ATGMs from the front. On something like a T-90 all you need to do is hit one of the ERA packs and the missile is toast. That's the reason the new generation of TOWs is designed with a top attack profile to take advantage of the relatively weak roof armor.
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          • #6
            Was that a top-attack warhead? If so, then the missile failed to overfly the tank like it was supposed to.

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            • #7
              I wonder why the tank commander bailed out, if the tank didn't sustain any major damage. To clean out his undies?

              Is it SOP in Muslim armies to yell "Allah Akbar" non-stop everytime you fire off any armaments?

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              • #8
                It looks like idiots fighting a war...

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                • #9
                  The gunner is seen exiting the tank, not the TC.

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                  • #10
                    I am guessing a lack of training is the reason for the bail out unless the tank is more vulnerable than we think

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phil74501 View Post
                      I wonder why the tank commander bailed out, if the tank didn't sustain any major damage. To clean out his undies?
                      If the tank survived intact then the crew lost its nerve. Can't blame them for panicking and bailing out. This is common. Being in a tank that's taking hits is a terrifying experience. That's how the British captured its first Tiger tank in Africa. Tiger crew bailed out of a perfectly drive-able vehicle. In the after-action report the Wehrmacht wrote "panic" as the reason for crew abandoning and losing the tank.
                      Originally posted by phil74501 View Post
                      Is it SOP in Muslim armies to yell "Allah Akbar" non-stop everytime you fire off any armaments?
                      Because they are stupid. They behave like animals. Professional soldiers don't yell because that only betrays their position. Special forces attack in complete silence using only hand signals because even talking in a normal tone of voice can get you killed.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by phil74501 View Post
                        I wonder why the tank commander bailed out, if the tank didn't sustain any major damage. To clean out his undies?

                        Is it SOP in Muslim armies to yell "Allah Akbar" non-stop everytime you fire off any armaments?
                        And say it in many different ways. Reminded me of Kramer (Seinfeld) practicing "These pretzels are making me thirsty"
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by craven View Post
                          I am guessing a lack of training is the reason for the bail out unless the tank is more vulnerable than we think
                          Tank may not have been penetrated, but that doesn't mean there wasn't secondary damage inside the tank. Gunner could have just panicked.

                          So even though the tank wasn't penetrated, it was suppressed.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
                            Was that a top-attack warhead? If so, then the missile failed to overfly the tank like it was supposed to.
                            It was likely a very old TOW missile. After all shipping the near obsolete junk to the rebels would be a convenient way of getting rid of the old stocks - likely cheaper too.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
                              Because they are stupid. They behave like animals. Professional soldiers don't yell because that only betrays their position. Special forces attack in complete silence using only hand signals because even talking in a normal tone of voice can get you killed.
                              You know this how? Is this when they are engaging in "glorious combat"?

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