Thursday, March 8, 2012

VIDEO: RPG-29 vs M1A2 Abrams Tank




This is a video released by the Iranian-backed League of the Righteous. It shows an RPG-29 being fired at a M1A2 Abrams tank in Baghdad. The RPG-29 is supposed to be one of the few handheld anti-tank weapons capable of penetrating the armor of most Western main battle tanks. An RPG-29 was supposedly able to penetrate the armor of a British Challenger 2 tank in August 2006 in the city of Amarah, which is the provincial capital of Maysan province. Maysan was a strong hold of Shiite militias and Iranian-backed Special Groups at that time. The American military believed that Iran began sending a few of the weapons into Iraq in 2006. Some reports claimed that Lebanon’s Hezbollah was smuggling the rockets into Iraq via Syria
An RPG-29 (StrategyPage)

SOURCES

Agence France Presse, “New Weapons from Iran Turning Up On Mideast Battlefields,” 9/19/06

Grant, Greg, “Super RPG threat,” Air Force Times, 4/28/06

Raymet, Sean, “MoD kept failure of best tank quiet,” Telegraph, 5/13/07

2 comments:

Don said...

Thanks for posting. Looks like a powerful explosion, but are there any reports of deaths from the event? The tank looks like it took the blast pretty well.

Joel Wing said...

Don,

I looked but couldn't find any other information about this event other than the fact that the RPG 29 penetrated the Abrams armor.