VIDEO: Javelin Missiles Destroy Two Russiαn T-90A Tanks In Ukrαine
A video clip, which appears to have been recorded by an unmanned aerial vehicle, shows the sheer power of FGM-148 Javelin missiles and how they easily destroy Russiαn armored vehicles.
The footage, shared by Ukrαine Weapons Tracker and other Ukrαine and Russiα-focused social media accounts this week, shows how Ukrαine’s 80th Air Assault Brigade destroyed two Russiαn T-90A tanks with ease.
After being struck by the U.S.-supplied anti-tank guided missiles, the tanks remain on fire for quite some time, sending plumes of black smoke into the air.
The same footage was also shared by Blue Sauron, a popular military-focused Twitter account currently providing coverage of the conflict in Ukrαine.
“Drone filming a huge ammo detonation after what is said to be a Russiαn T-90 MBT was struck by Ukrainian FGM-148 Javelin, another MBT (also claimed to be a T-90) can be seen burning, from the recent work of the Ukrainian 80th Air Assault Brigade,” the account writes.
With so many keen trackers monitoring the conflict in Ukrαine, the location of the strike was quickly identified, too.
By locating landmarks seen in the footage, the “GeoConfirmed” Twitter account soon revealed the location as approximately 49.021625, 37.509201 in Bohorodychne, in Donetsk Oblast.
Javelins A Success, But Ukrainians Don’t Know How to Fix Them
U.S.-supplied Javelin missiles have proven one of the most valuable assets for the Ukrainian military so far, with a stream of videos being released in recent weeks showing Russiαn armored vehicles and tanks being destroyed, burnt, and torn to shreds by the missiles.
The shoulder-fired weapon is easy to transport and has a devastating impact on Russiα’s increasingly dated vehicles being deployed to Ukrαine.
More than 5,500 Javelin missiles have been sent to Ukrαine so far, too, meaning the military has plenty of them to go around.
But even with such a large number of Javelin missiles available to the Ukrainians, the fact that the weapon is so new to Ukrainian troops means that fixing the weapons – or even troubleshooting minor problems – has become a real problem.
One U.S. Army veteran told the Washington Post recently that Ukrainian forces have resorted to cannibalizing video game controllers to use with various U.S.- supplied weapons, and using (often inaccurate) Google translations of instruction manuals to understand how to operate Javelin missiles.
Mark Hayward told the Washington Post that Javelins sent to Ukrαine don’t include instruction cards directing Ukrainian military personnel to a toll-free number to provide help when the missiles malfunction or need simple repairs.
Hayward said that a toll-free number is generally standard practice when supplying new weapons to foreign militaries, but was for some reason not included in recent shipments of NATO-standard weapons to Ukrαine.