Tanks "Abrams" are the main for the army of Iraq. They were supplied by the United States in 2010-2012. The total number of armored vehicles delivered is 140 units. Since their appearance in Iraq, a total of X-NUMX Abrams have been damaged, and 28 of them have been punched through with ATGMs.
Cumulative charge rockets are particularly effective for hitting the crew of the tank and do not lead to the complete destruction of combat vehicles, divided into compartments, as in Ambrams. Iraqis, according to the British weekly, have big problems with the management and proper operation of tanks.
A video appeared on the Internet that captured a tank that exploded from the inside after hitting the Kornet 9М113 ATGM rocket. It is noted that the complex received recognition from the militants of the movement "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant." Along with him, Sunni extremists successfully use RPG-7 and М79 "Wasp". Although the M79 grenade launchers (from the arsenal of the Yugoslav army) are more widely used in neighboring Syria, and in Iraq they are rarely seen.
The weekly also speaks about the big losses of other armored vehicles in the Iraqi army: BMP-1, M113 armored personnel carriers, T-55 tanks and Hammer armored vehicles.
One of the US officials said the publication that since the beginning of the year, gunmen shot down 6 of Iraqi helicopters, and 60 suffered significant damage, which is very sensitive to the existing helicopter fleet. True, he does not specify which types of helicopters were shot down or damaged. But judging by the clips posted by Islamists in the Network, at least two Russian-launched Mi-24 / 35 attack helicopters were attacked from MANPADS.