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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Abrams that was destroyed by the Houthi rebels

It was part of a Saudi-led ground operation in Yemen, involving US-made Abrams M1 tanks and other armored vehicles.

A video shows what are said to be Houthi rebels in Yemen using old Soviet-designed Fagot anti-tank guided missiles to destroy American-made, Saudi Arabian-owned and operated Abrams M1 MBT.

A direct hit by a Fagot missile just below the M1’s turret led to the detonation of the tank’s ordnance payload stored in the turret’s back. This is the weakest spot of America’s main battle tank, which leaves the crew with virtually no chance of survival.

The Fagot antitank missile system entered operational service in 1970. Its missile uses a 2.5 kg High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead which can penetrate up to 600 mm of conventional steel armor and has an effective range of up to 2,500 m through the use of an improved solid propellant sustainer rocket motor and lengthened guidance wire.

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