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Watch the Javelin ATGM melt the armor of a Russian T-80BVM tank

Imagine the power of anti-tank weapons such as the Javelin, NLAW, AT4, and more. These formidable tools have been the bane of Putin’s armored forces in the heart of Ukraine.

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Thanks to NATO and a host of Ukraine’s steadfast supporters, thousands of these mighty weapons have been deployed. Their mission? To slam the brakes on Russia’s advance, and now, to push back with full force. Today, the marvels of social media give us a front-row seat to witness the sheer power of modern weaponry.

A sight you don’t want to miss!

Gifted to Ukraine by their allies, the FGM-148 Javelin swiftly took its place in the frontline as one of the most treasured weapons in the Ukrainian ground forces arsenal.

In a riveting video from mid-March, released by the Ukrainian military, one can witness the raw power of the Javelin missile as it reduces a Russian T-80BVM tank to rubble, deep within the heart of Donetsk Oblast.

Watch the Javelin ATGM melt the armor of a Russian T-80BVM tank

A testament to its design, the Javelin man-portable surface-to-air missile system, requires just a single soldier to operate. The sight of a Ukrainian operator, poised with a Javelin resting on his shoulder, is an image of resilience and determination.

Imagine a tranquil rural scene that’s suddenly shattered by the force of a Javelin missile. In the footage ahead, you’ll see the moment a Russian T-80BVM tank becomes a stationary target in a peaceful field.

As the missile finds its mark, a spectacular plume of gray smoke billows up. What follows is a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the aftermath – a once formidable tank now lies in ruins, its armor shattered, tracks torn away and strewn about like discarded toys.

According to an update by the Ukraine Weapons Tracker, this chilling spectacle was the handiwork of the Ukrainian 36th Marine Brigade. They successfully decommissioned the Russian T-80BVM tank with a precise FGM-148 Javelin ATGM strike in #Donetsk Oblast.

Twitter was all abuzz, with users chiming in on the video, pondering if deploying a Javelin missile was overkill in this scenario. However, deciphering the exact rationale behind the Ukrainian soldiers’ decision to launch this strike remains elusive.

Observers noted that the tank seemed to be already immobilized, raising speculations. If indeed the vehicle was deserted, they mused, a drone armed with a thermobaric grenade could have effectively neutralized it instead.

‘Tough nuts to crack’

Over the past year, we’ve seen an influx of engaging videos featuring Ukrainian soldiers employing a clever tactic – melting down abandoned Russian vehicles. This method is particularly effective on vehicles that prove too challenging for the Ukrainian forces to repurpose or recover.

However, in this fascinating case, it appears the Ukrainian forces may have been without their usual equipment. Instead, they expertly improvised with whatever resources were at hand to ensure the vehicle was rendered utterly useless.

Watch the Javelin ATGM melt the armor of a Russian T-80BVM tank

It’s worth noting that the T-80BVM is no pushover. This formidable machine is an upgraded version of the T-80BV main battle tank, and is currently one of the most advanced tanks in the Russian arsenal.

Imagine this – the Ukrainian forces find themselves in a tricky situation. They suspect a Russian recovery attempt is imminent for a stranded vehicle. What’s their move? They opt for a Javelin missile, a decision that’s not taken lightly.

Why, you ask? Well, Russia’s modern battle tanks are not just tough nuts to crack, they’re also becoming a rare sight. So, when the opportunity presents itself, making use of a Javelin seems like a pretty good game plan.

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