Watch: 2 FPV drones faced Russian tank’s cope cage and failed

A new, interesting video appeared on social networks showing the exploitation of military equipment in Ukraine. The author of the video does not say when and where it was filmed, but it is assumed to be from the summer-autumn season in Ukraine.

The video was recorded from a camera mounted on the turret or turret grill of a Russian tank. The author says that the Russian tank is of the “O” squad [Russia uses and marks its armored vehicles with different letters. The most common is the letter “Z”].

The first FPV drone comes from the left side of the tank and directly cuts into the turret. The hit was actually accurate, but it was a complete failure. The cumulative charge does not explode, and the drone falls to pieces. This incident looks more like a toy crashed into a tank. Result – none.

Watch: 2 FPV drones faced Russian tank's cope cage and failed
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A little later, as the tank maneuvers backward, at the end of the video, it is understood that a second drone has hit a tank [the drone is not visible]. The reason for such a conclusion is that the drone hits the position exactly where the camera is. Again no result and the tank continues to ram normalon. In both cases, the charges in the drone’s ammunition did not explode at all.

Cope Cage worked

We should note one main fact in the whole video – at least one of the two drones (the first one) falls into the tank’s turret grill. As we already explained, the drone does not explode at all and falls to pieces.

There could be many reasons, but one of the most obvious and logical is that the drone operator did not load the ammunition properly, because there was no actual explosion after the collision.

Another possibility is that the ordnance did not react properly to the cope cage hit and thus did not register it. If this is so, then we can count on at least one more video in which the “improvised Russian dome armor” saved the tank. But, this version, like the first one, remains in the realm of conjecture.

Russian armor is durable

Although the armor of not all Russian tanks can withstand such an attack, there are also cases in which, even if the drone explodes, it fails to stop this land beast.

Back in April this year we reported such an incident. A Russian tank does not stop fighting, even after two failed attacks. The initial assault was executed by a Ukrainian FPV kamikaze drone, marking a new era in warfare. This unmanned aerial vehicle, with an unnerving level of accuracy, flew directly into the tank’s turret, culminating in a fiery explosion. The precision of the impact was nothing short of exemplary, striking the vulnerable junction where the turret and the tank’s body meet. This resulted in the detachment of some sheet metal, however, it did not halt the tank’s relentless advance.

In the throes of the battlefield, the tank persists in its operation. With a strategic positioning, it commences an unyielding sequence of fire. The target, shrouded in the vast expanse, remains elusive to the naked eye – an occurrence that is quite comprehensible, considering the tank’s formidable combat range, extending from hundreds of meters to several kilometers.

With relentless vigor, the tank persists in unleashing a torrent of artillery fire. Abruptly, an assault is launched against it once more. The impact, this time, is enigmatic; the tank fails to exhibit the same violent shudder seen previously. In place of the observable tremor, a shower of earth and mud erupts from the right flank of the sturdy chassis. Following a pause in the onslaught of artillery, the tank tactically retreats reverses its course, and steadfastly resumes its predetermined path.

The unfolding of this particular chapter of warfare underscores the inherent complexities encountered on the battlefront. It is a stark reminder that even the most meticulously planned strategies may falter at their initial execution. Indeed, even a precision strike does not always guarantee the disintegration of the adversary’s stronghold.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On the 21st of February, 2022, allegations emerged from Russia, asserting that a border facility under the jurisdiction of their Federal Security Service [FSB] had been decimated due to an aggressive shelling operation purportedly executed by Ukrainian forces. According to the Russian authorities, this unexpected and violent incursion resulted in the unfortunate demise of five Ukrainian combatants.

Russian Il-76s struck by wax foamboard UAVs with 6.6 lbs payload
Photo credit: Twitter

Ukraine, however, vehemently repudiated involvement in both occurrences, categorizing them as nothing more than deceptive maneuvers, or ‘false flags’.

In a significant development on the very day, the Russian government extended formal recognition to the self-proclaimed entities of DPR and LPR. This recognition, as per Putin, was not confined merely to the territories under their de-facto control, but encompassed the entire Ukrainian Oblasts. In an ensuing move, Putin commanded the mobilization of Russian military forces, inclusive of tanks, into the said regions.

In a significant geopolitical development on the 24th of February, 2022, President Vladimir Putin of Russia commanded an aggressive military invasion into Ukraine. This act of aggression was executed by Russia’s formidable Armed Forces, which had been strategically amassed along the Ukrainian border in a show of ominous intent. 

This invasion was not a random act of violence, but a meticulously planned operation, characterized by precise airstrikes that targeted key military infrastructures within the Ukrainian territory. Concurrently, an armored division of tanks rolled in from the Belarusian frontier, further intensifying the scale and impact of the offensive.

The Russian administration thus far has refrained from acknowledging the ongoing incursion into Ukraine as a “war”. This, despite the fact that the unfolding events bear all the hallmarks of a military conflict. Instead, the Kremlin insists on terming it a “special military operation”.


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