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    Old Soviet Missile Makes Easy Work of US M1 Abrams Tank (VIDEO)

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    A Saudi-led ground operation in Yemen, involving US-made Abrams M1 tanks, immediately resulted in the loss of armored vehicles.

    The video below shows what are said to be Houthi rebels in Yemen using old Soviet-designed Fagot anti-tank guided missiles to destroy American-made, Saudi Arabian-owned and operated Abrams M1 main battle tanks.

    A direct hit by a Fagot missile at the M1’s turret led to the detonation of the tank’s ordnance payload stored in the turret’s back.

    This is the weakest spot of America’s main battle tank, which leaves the crew with virtually no chance of survival.

    It was with this possibility in mind that Russia’ new Armata tank features an uninhabited turret.

    The Fagot antitank missile system entered operational service in 1970.

    Its missile uses a 2.5 kg High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead which can penetrate up to 600 mm of conventional steel armor and has an effective range of up to 2,500 m through the use of an improved solid propellant sustainer rocket motor and lengthened guidance wire.

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    US main battle tank, Soviet antitank missile, destruction, Fagot 9K111, M1 Abrams tank, Yemen, Saudi Arabia
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