US M1224 MaxxPro MRAP survived a direct hit by a Russian tank

KYIV, UKRAINE — A US M1224 MaxxPro MRAP delivered to Ukraine has survived a direct hit by a Russian tank. That’s according to a Telegram account that shared a picture of the MRAP after the battle. According to the author, the crew of the vehicle survived.

US M1224 MaxxPro MRAP survived a direct hit by a Russian tank
Video screenshot

There is no information on when the video was taken, but the author claims that the M1224 MaxxPro survived a battle in the Bakkhmut area. if this is true, it can be assumed that the video was shot in recent weeks. It is in Bakhmut and near Bakhmut that the fiercest battles are currently taking place between the Ukrainian armed forces and the private military company Wagner.

“The American MaxxPro, which survived a direct hit by a tank and a Russian ATGM in the direction of Bakhmut,” wrote the author of the video, which he shared on his channel. In the video, the author shows a spot immediately next to the passenger seat, claiming that is where the M1224 MaxxPro was hit. The rear of the chassis is quite damaged. It can be seen that it is there that the most serious repair is carried out, especially in the rear axle of the chassis in the area of the rear left tire. Maybe that’s where the M1224 MaxxPro was hit by the tank shell since that’s where the damage is the greatest.

The engine hood is also open, presumably to either repair or check its operability. It is not known whether the armored vehicle returned to the repair shop under its own power or was towed from the battlefield.

About M1224 MaxxPro

US M1224 MaxxPro MRAP survived a direct hit by a Russian tank M1224 MaxxPro MRAP
Photo credit: Grippenn

The M1224 MaxxPro is an armored vehicle designed for infantry forces. So far, according to open data, about 9,000 units have been produced. The design was completed in 2007 when serial production also began until today. At least 20 countries currently operate the M1224 MaxxPro.

The armored mine resistance vehicle is powerful and meets the requirements of the Ukrainian landscape and geographical infrastructure. A 9.3 liter 570 cubic inches MaxxForce D9.3I6 I6 engine delivers 330 horsepower. The vehicle’s transmission is an Allison 3000 5-speed automatic. The suspension is as expected for a military vehicle – 4×4, wheeled semi-elliptical leaf springs.

Although the M1224 MaxxPro was created at the beginning of the new millennium, the vehicle already has quite a lot of combat experience, thanks mostly to the US Army. In addition to Ukraine, the M1224 MaxxPro has served in the Iraq War, the Afghanistan War, and the Syrian Civil War.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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

US M1224 MaxxPro MRAP - attacked, shelled, boned, and abandoned
Photo credit: Telegram

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. 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.

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, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.


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