SMArt 155 penetrates Russian T-90 igniting the charges in the tank

Recently, a riveting video was unveiled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The video providing us with a front-row seat to the impressive might of homing projectiles. It’s about notably the SMArt 155 and BONUS.

SMArt 155 penetrates Russian T-90 igniting the charges in the tank
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Caught on an aerial drone amidst the battlefield’s chaos, the video vividly displays the operational prowess of these intelligent projectiles, which are now integral to the Ukrainian army’s strategy. Watch the video here. 

The SMArt 155, a brainchild of modern warfare, is launched from long-range 155 mm artillery platforms like the PzH 2000. Its lethal payload, homing sub-elements, are unleashed in the final moments of flight, close to the target, ensuring swift and effective enemy annihilation. 

This spectacular feat was exemplified by the 47th separate mechanized brigade “Magura” of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as they dispatched a Russian T-90M “Proryv” [“Breakthrough”] tank. 

T-90 is not that protected

UAVs adjust T-90M tanks firing, new batch supplied to Russian army
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While Russia might boast that its T-90M is only second to the T-14 Armata, the SMArt 155 and BONUS projectiles prove otherwise. Their explosively-formed penetrator [EFP], engineered with a heavy metal liner, is purpose-built to pierce even the most formidable armored vehicles. 

The enemy’s doom is sealed right from the initial stages of target detection, identification, and precise localization. The enemy’s doom is sealed right from the initial stages of target detection, identification, and precise localization. This information, is relayed in real-time to the weapons system, triggering the deadly first shot. 

The projectile’s journey culminates when it reaches a specific altitude, its outer shell splits open, and two sub-elements, powered by a separate rocket charge, spring into action. 

How does SMArt 155 work?

Although SMArt 155 and BONUS operate on the same principle, releasing two sub-munitions capable of striking two different targets simultaneously, the BONUS distinguishes itself by descending on winglets instead of a parachute. 

Germany to restart the production of SMArt 155 artillery rounds
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Each sub-munition is equipped with a target-seeking system, an intricate blend of infrared and radar seekers. Parachutes or winglets extend the target search duration during flight, and once the target is locked, the self-aiming warhead is unleashed. 

Despite its relatively small size compared to modern long-range missiles, the SMArt 155 packs a punch. Its small-sized striking element, accelerated to a staggering speed of about 5km/s, breaches the tank’s upper armor with ease. 

In the case of the T-90M, the penetrating strike resulted in ignition within the crew compartment. That likely triggering the charges stored in the autoloader. This is creating a deadly hail of secondary shrapnel in the vehicle, a grim reminder of the SMArt 155’s destructive capabilities.

About SMARt 155

The SMArt 155 is a German-made artillery projectile designed for use against armored vehicles, particularly tanks. The projectile is guided by GPS and has a range of up to 100 kilometers.

SMArt 155 penetrates Russian T-90 igniting the charges in the tank
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The SMArt 155 is capable of penetrating the armor of modern tanks, such as the T-90, due to its tandem warhead design. The first warhead is designed to penetrate the tank’s armor, while the second warhead is designed to ignite any ammunition or fuel inside the tank.

The SMArt 155 is also equipped with a parachute system, allowing it to descend slowly and provide more accurate targeting. Overall, the SMArt 155 is a highly advanced and effective artillery projectile designed for use against armored vehicles.

Does the T-90 counter an artillery shell?

The T-90 tank is equipped with various countermeasures to defend against incoming artillery shells. These include smoke grenade launchers, laser warning receivers, and an active protection system called the Arena-E. The Arena-E system uses radar to detect incoming projectiles and then launches a counter-munition to intercept and destroy the incoming threat before it can hit the tank.

Captured Russian-origin T-90А tank spotted in the US for research
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However, it is important to note that no defense system is foolproof and certain types of artillery shells may be able to penetrate the T-90’s defenses. For example, the SMArt 155 artillery shell is designed to penetrate armor and explode inside the tank. At the same time it igniting any ammunition or fuel stored inside. This type of shell would likely be able to bypass the T-90’s defenses and cause significant damage.

Overall, while the T-90 has advanced countermeasures to defend against artillery shells, it is not invincible and can still be vulnerable to certain types of attacks. Tank crews need to remain vigilant and aware of potential threats to effectively defend against them.

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.

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.

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