That’s why Russia can’t repair its tanks: TOW burns them to ashes

KYIV ($1=36.67 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — One of the deadliest US missiles delivered to Ukraine is the M41A7 TOW. Deliveries of this weapon will apparently continue after US President Mr. Joe Biden announced in October a new $775 million in military aid to Ukraine. About 1,500 new TOW units are included in this package and will soon arrive to assist the Ukrainian armed forces.

That's why Russia can't repair its tanks: TOW burns them to ashes
Photo credit: EurAsia

TOW is an American anti-tank-guided missile manufactured by Raytheon. The abbreviation stands for tube-launched and optically tracked weapon. The entire system weighs a maximum of 23 kg, the warhead of each missile is between 4 kg and 7 kg, and the range is over 4,000 meters. Just for reference: the rocket flies at a speed of 278 m/s.

The video

A video going viral on social media shows just how devastating the power and explosive power of the TOW missile is. The same video claims to be the first evidence that Ukraine is already using the M41A7 TOW in the war against the Russian Federation. The video was recorded from the perspective of the operator of the anti-tank system, showing a Russian tank being aimed, fired, and reduced to ashes. Totally burnt the tank.

BGM-71 TOW ATGM mounted on a Humvee vehicle is used in Ukraine
Video screenshot

In fact, reported back in September through its field sources that the TOW was already in Ukraine and mounted on a Humvee. Even then, we attached a photo, which we also attach now in this text.

Reduced to ashes, this Russian tank, hit by the “perfect firestorm” of the TOV blaster, becomes unusable. This tank becomes impossible to repair. Important clarification as Russia returns damaged combat vehicles back to Russian territory to be repaired. However, how does one repair the burnt body of a Russian tank on any tank? M41A7 TOW clearly gives a definite answer – it is not repaired, it is buried.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

US sends BGM-71 TOWs to Ukraine - 900mm armor-piercing ATGMs
Photo credit: Reuters

On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.


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