posted on Feb, 15 2017 @ 03:38 PM
originally posted by: cutiepies
a reply to: swedy13
Turkey suffered huge tank losses in Syria to Islamic State's ATGMs, which are very limited in number. If the US supplies thousands of Javelins to
Ukraine, Russian army would be demolished in Ukraine.
There is a difference between conventional warfare and unconventional warfare. You cannot compare the two. A few ATGMs will successfully ambush a few
lone tanks, they will be a minor annoyance to a 120-strong tank regiment supported by infantry, artillery and aircraft, not to mention all the other
supporting elements like engineers, reconnaissance troops etc .
Not to mention Turkey's mass purges of the military have led to some, shall we say less than competent officers being promoted.
I don't think Ukraine's ATGMs are even capable of penetrating the armour of Russia's fleet of T-72s and T-90s. TOW missiles certainly have trouble
with the latter if you want to use Syria as a source, and Ukraine doesn't have a missile anywhere near that capable.
They primarily use the 9K111 Fagot (real name), a 70s era design meant to destroy M60 pattons, Chieftains, Leopard 1s and the like. The ATGMs that
engaged the Turkish Leopard 2A4s were the new Kornet missile, explicitly designed to counter modern NATO armour (Leopard 2, M1 Abrams, Challenger 2
and so on).
But anyway you want to give them a load of Javelins, which will have much more success versus the Russian tanks, but like I said they won't prove
anything more than an annoyance on their own. A few tanks in the unit will probably be destroyed before they can locate and destroy the ATGM teams,
and the Russians have plenty more tanks in reserve to replace the meager losses.
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