Russian tank T-90 can defeat most of modern anti-tank guided missiles ATGM TASS 32902163

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Russian tank T-90 can defeat most of modern anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM)
The T-90 main battle tank`s (MBT) protection package, which comprises both combined armour plates and Kontakt-5 (Contact V) explosive reactive armour (ERA) can defeat most of modern anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), according to the UralVagonZavod`s (UVZ) Deputy Director General, Vyacheslav Khalitov.
     
The T-90 main battle tank`s (MBT) protection package, which comprises both combined armour plates and Kontakt-5 (Contact V) explosive reactive armour (ERA) can defeat most of modern anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), according to the UralVagonZavod`s (UVZ) Deputy Director General, Vyacheslav Khalitov. Russian-made T-90 main battle tank in Latakia, Syria. (Source: Twitter @FPaidinfull)
     
"The videorecords of combat actions in Syria in which Russian-produced MBTs participate, aparently demonstrate the high level of T-90`s survivability on the modern battlefield. In one case a T-90 tank was able to absorb a hit by a TOW 2 ATGM and to stay intact as Kontakt-5 turret element destroyed the missile", Khalitov said.

In mid-February 2016, Free Syrian Army released the footage showed a TOW system firing at T-90 MBT. The missile hit the tank`s turret, but the explosion of a Kontakt-5 ERA element protected the vehicle and its crew. In this case, BGM-71D or BHM-71E anti-tank missiles (TOW 2 and TOW 2A, respectively; both are equipped with tandem warhead) are supposed to have been used against T-90.

The official BGM-71D/E armour-piercing capability reaches 920 mm of steel behind ERA. Nevertheless, several foreign experts have challenged the aforementioned data. Previously, Major General of the US Armed Forces, P. Gorman published the article "U.S. Intelligence and Soviet Armour", declassified in 2004. He pointed out, that the armour-piercing capabilities of the early TOW/ITOW missiles (BGM-71A/B and BGM-71C) were significantly overestimated. So, the real combat effectiveness of TOW 2/TOW 2A missiles may be less impressive, than declared by the developer.
     
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