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T-72 Shielded Tank Saved Lives of Its Crew in Syria

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Lives of a crew of the T-72 shielded tank have been saved in a fighting near Damascus thanks to its latticed screens and additional armor.

T-72 Shielded Tank Saved Lives of Its Crew in Syria

Photo: twitter.com / syrianmilitary

The T-72 shielded tank saved lives of its crew in a fighting near the Syrian city of Damascus, while it was struck with the Malyutka upgraded anti-tank guided missile, equipped with a tandem warhead, the Vestnik Mordovii information website reported. The tank was hit because its crew made a mistake and chose a dangerous position.

The Syrian Army actively uses the T-72 and the ZSU-23-4 ‘Shilka’ tanks, which were modernized, in the fighting near Damascus. The armored vehicles received latticed screens and additional armor. These improvements have sharply increased protection of the tanks. As result, the T-72 tanks withstood even strikes of rocket-propelled grenades with a tandem warhead. However, during the recent fighting near Damascus, one of such screened tanks was unlucky.

According to the Syrian Army, the T-72 was struck with the Malyutka anti-tank guided missile. However, after the first hit, which came on one of the shields, the crew left the vehicle. Then, another missile was launched on the tank, and fire broke out in a fighting cab. As result, the tank was totally destroyed.

The Malyutka anti-tank guided weapon, which is used by Syrian terrorists, is manufactured without a license in several countries, in particular, in China, Iran and Serbia. Arabian states purchased such weapons in Serbia and then transported it to terrorists in Syria. Terrorists also managed to seize such weapons from The Syrian army.

Syrian soldiers on their own equip their tanks with slat armour. These simple protective elements have more than once saved lives of Syrian crews. An engine smoke generating system, installed on the T-72, fighting in Syria, has also made a good showing. About a month ago, an aerosol ‘camouflage’ saved a tank of the Syrian Army from a rocket hit at the last moment.

T-72 Shielded Tank Saved Lives of Its Crew in Syria

Photo: twitter.com / syrianmilitary

T-72 Shielded Tank Saved Lives of Its Crew in Syria

Photo: twitter.com / syrianmilitary

T-72 Shielded Tank Saved Lives of Its Crew in Syria

Photo: vestnik-rm.ru

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