Russia lost a unique T-90M Proryv tank hit head-on by an AT-4

KYIV, UKRAINE — Ukrainian sources report that Russia has lost the tenth T-90M Proryv tank since the drop in Ukraine. A tank was hit in the front by a rocket fired from an AT-4 grenade launcher. A video circulating online captured the moment after the rocket exploded in the tank. The turret of the T-90M is smoking heavily and the tank is stationary.

Russia lost a unique T-90M Proryv tank hit head-on by an AT-4
Video screenshot

This particular tank is unique to the Russian Armed Forces. Its uniqueness is in the camouflage, which, despite the poor quality of the video, is clearly visible. The camouflage is Nakidka [Cape in English]. This military component intended for combat and reconnaissance vehicles is produced by the Moscow Research Institute of Steel.

About Nakidka

The camouflage is a combination of synthetic heat-insulating and radio-absorbing material. This camouflage configuration is characterized by the property of having the same temperature as the environment.

The Moscow manufacturer claims that the camouflage reduces the detectability of the tank up to three times against warheads with infrared search. Russian sources claim that using this camouflage also reduces the range of radar detection by up to six times. Nakidka camouflage aims to “merge” the covered object with the environment.

Russia lost a unique T-90M Proryv tank hit head-on by an AT-4
Photo credit: aw.my.games

The targeting range of some models of anti-tank guided missiles ATGM with radar and thermal guidance has also been reduced.

Nakidja vs Boeing E-8 Joint STARS

The Nakidka was developed by the Russians to protect the tank from American Boeing E-8 Joint STARS reconnaissance aircraft. According to Russian sources, the use of Nakidka allows reducing the maximum distance at which the US Boeing E-8 Joint STARS flying radar can distinguish wheeled vehicles from tracked vehicles by secondary Doppler characteristics, from 180 km to 30-40 km

What AT-4 is?

Unlike portable tank-mounted missile launchers often supplied to Ukraine, the AT-4 is not. It is simply an 84mm disposable grenade launcher developed by the Swedish SAAB. The AT-4 was developed specifically to give the infantry another solution against enemy armored vehicles.

Russia lost a unique T-90M Proryv tank hit head-on by an AT-4
Photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher Mendoza

The AT-4 has a maximum operational range of up to 2,100 meters but is most effective at 300 – 400 meters. Its muzzle velocity is 290 m/s [950 ft/s; 1,000 km/h] or 220 m/s [720 ft/s; 790 km/h]. The warhead of the rocket fired from the AT-4 is conventional, highly explosive, and weighs about 440 grams.

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, and 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, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

Watch: Tank battle between five tanks in Ukraine at a 500m distance
Photo credit: Dmitriy Astrahan

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir 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, as well as tanks entering via the 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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