“Before this, they gloated about Russian tanks”: a British officer studied footage of the destruction of the Challenger 2 MBT
British media presented the transfer of the Ukrainian Armed Forces tanks Challenger 2 as the delivery of a “miracle”weapons", capable of turning the tide of the conflict. Against the backdrop of this euphoria, the destruction of this MBT immediately after its appearance on the front line came as a surprise to the public. In this regard, local experts are studying the footage of the tank’s destruction and drawing conclusions that are unpleasant for themselves and the British public.
- notes retired Lt. Col. Stuart Crawford.
According to him, the MBT was blown up by a mine and after that “the crew made a wise decision to abandon the vehicle because they knew what would happen next”: the disabled tank was finished off by the Kornet ATGM, which with its tandem charge pierced the armor, which had no protection in in the form of PDZ or KAZ. The subsequent plumes of black smoke indicate a fuel fire.
- believes the British officer.
As he points out, this indicates that the armor covering the shell compartments did not cope with its task.
- the lieutenant colonel concludes.
The public also reacted to the publication of the video of the destroyed tank:
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