High speed footage of a missile disintegrating a tank

Sploid reader trout linked to this video here: A TOW 2B Aero missile exploding over a Russian T-72 tank to deliver its penetrator charge. The second explosion is the penetrator reaching the explosives and fuel inside the tank.

Trout argued that Russia's massive tank force would have a very hard time surviving to these missiles. Active defenses in modern tanks—like the T-90AM—make this missile's job much more difficult, as reader primalizer points out:

[From Wikipedia] The third tier is a Shtora-1 (Russian: Штора-1 or "curtain" in English) countermeasures suite, produced by Elektromashina of Russia. This system includes two electro-optical/IR "dazzlers" on the front of the turret (which gives the distinct Red Eyes), four Laser warning receivers, two 3D6 aerosol grenade discharging systems and a computerized control system. The Shtora-1 warns the tank's crew when the tank has been 'painted' by a weapon-guidance laser and allows the crew to slew the turret to face the threat. The infrared jammer, the TShU1-7 EOCMDAS, jams the semiautomatic command to line of sight (SACLOS) guidance system of some anti-tank guided missiles. The aerosol grenades are automatically launched after Shtora detects that it has been painted. The aerosol grenades are used to mask the tank from laser rangefinders and designators as well as the optics of other weapons systems. Indian T-90S tanks are not equipped with the Shtora-1 countermeasures suite. They will be equipped with the LEDS-150 Land Electronic Defence System.


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