posted on Mar, 29 2011 @ 09:12 PM
This may have been posted already - I haven't read the whole therad sorry -
report on M1 ops in 2003
- it includes soem cases of M1's being KO'ed and
that the side and rear armour was defeatable - 1 M1 was KO'ed by 25mm AP shots into its engine.
Since then, IIRC there is a "well known" case of a M1 being KO'ed by a RPG-29 that struck the side in a small gap in the armour that has since been
"rectified" - it left a hole in the tank but didn't hit anything important, including the crew. One such occasions was reported in the NYT as
occuring during the assault on Sadr city in 2008 -
page 2 of this article
- I dont' know if
this is hte one in the video or not.
the OP video fits the bill in terms of the strike area and the weapon, and since it cuts out right after the hit there's no way of knowing jsut what
damage was done - a big explosion outside the tank doesn't really mean anything.
A Challenger 2 was also penetrated by a RPG-29 as reported
- it was apaprently penetrated
through the lower front armour, which traditionally is weaker than the glacis plate as it is sometimes covered by ground in between the tank and its
attacker, so doesn't get hit as often. But in a short range urban fight folds and small irregualrities in the ground are much less likely to hide
bits of the tank.