FAIL: Watch a US TOW Missile Fail to Penetrate a Russian T-90 (Video)
A T-72 tank would have been destroyed, but the T-90 was saved by its modern 'expolosive-reactive' armor
A video published online by a Syrian rebel group shows what appears to be a direct hit by a US-made BGM-71 TOW on the turret of a Russia-supplied T-90 tank of the Syrian Army.
The video is one of a multitude of instances of the use of TOW missiles by rebels in Syria, but it may be the first time the anti-tank weapon was used against the advanced T-90 main battle tank.
The clip shows the optically-guided missile approaching the partially-covered tank, followed by a bright explosion and a cloud of smoke. Moments later one of the tank crew members is seeing escaping the turret hatch and diving for cover.
The alleged T-90 seems to have been saved by its reactive armor, which uses explosions to disrupt the supersonic jet of an anti-tank warhead and reduce its impact.
Russia reportedly supplied about a dozen T-90 missiles to an elite tank unit of the Syrian Army, which deployed them sometime in November, 2015. Some rebel groups are said to have offered a large bounty to whoever manages to destroy one of them.
The video is reported to have been taken west of Aleppo, Syria’s second-largest city.
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