KYIV, UKRAINE — A Telegram account shared a curious moment from the war in Ukraine. A camera captured the moment of firing an ATGM TOW mounted on the roof of the American military vehicle M1167 HMMWV.
Interestingly, it is already known for sure that the TOW-2B missile, which was developed in 1992, is in the hands of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
This missile attacks its target from above, equipped with a magnetic and optical sensor, which detonates upon simultaneous activation, two shock cores are installed in the warhead, which is directed downwards and attacks the most vulnerable part of the enemy’s armored vehicle – the roof.
Interestingly, the missile automatically flies 2.25 meters above the aiming line [the operator holds the sight in the center of the object]. It’s also worth noting that the missile doesn’t distinguish between own/alien and destroyed/undestroyed equipment, so the operator needs to make sure the missile doesn’t detonate prematurely. The flight distance of such a rocket is 3.75 km, which it covers in 21 seconds.
The new HMMWV version
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the US delivered M1167 HMMWVs to Ukraine already last year. the vehicles supplied are some of the standard HMMWV modifications. Today, this platform has been greatly upgraded.
For example, at the beginning of March, AM General announced that one of the latest versions of the HMMWV – the Humvee Saber – will become available in international markets. This vehicle boasts the ability to fire Switchblade 300/600 loitering ammunition. For the first time, AM General introduced the Humvee Saber in 2022 during the local exhibition AUSA.
However, it is not the first time that the camera captures the shooting of a similar configuration in Ukraine. At the end of September last year, BulgarianMilitary.com released a short video from Ukraine, recording the moment of launch of the BGM-71 TOW-guided ATGM mounted on a Humvee.
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.
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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