I agree with Analyze76 the tank survived and the crew might have
overpressure disorientation (Shock). My MOS was 19k10 in the
first gulf war and a M1A1 a few meters away from our tank got
hit with friendly fire from a hellfire missle in the engine compartment.
needless to say it lifted 72 ton (the back of the tank) about 4 feet
in the air and blew up the engine pack. Enemy republican gaurds
saw the tank get hit and fired a T72 sabot round at the same tank
which did penetrate the turret but got stuck. The result was the crew
got sprayed with liquid metal. They all survived.
Our tanks went through an artillary barrage, took hits from high
powered machine guns (50 cal?) and we had burn spots from
what could have be RPG's. All of our equipment (Ruck sacks
and duffel bags) were burned/blown of the tanks so that some of
the straps were still hanging on the bussel racks however we still
went on and fought 100 hours straight without sleeping (Total) until a
cease fire was declared. Our tanks survived all that so no, I don't think
an RPG round can take out a tank.
edit on 25-3-2011 by Mr. D because: sentence structure.
Post scriptum: For the record the tanks that got hit with hellfire missles
4 total and the one that was additionaly hit by a T72 sabot round were
battle losses and the tanks were not able to continue fighting.
edit on 25-3-2011 by Mr. D because: Added Post scriptum