"No the brad can take an rpg over the entire spectrum"
- Are you sure? I saw some picture of Bradly being upgrade with a rack on metal frame; this metal frame applied around few inches away from the Bradly body. If the original Bradly can take an rpg hit, why this additional modification?
- Let me see if I can found destroyed Bradly picture.
There's no warhead in that RPG tube. That guy either missed (i see no dust from the launch or hit), or he's just trying to provoke the M-2 crew (not a good idea IMO). Dragon look at the turret, you'll see the brand new ERA plates on it, in addition to the large and thick plates covering the skirts. That's an upgraded M2A3, you can notice the CIV (commander's independent viewer) on the right side of the turret, better situation awareness.
Apart from the second and third picture (the damage was done by an IED composed of 2 155mm artillery shells placed under the dirt road, this caused a "catastophic" kill flipping over the tank) all the M-1 reached those states of distruction after being repeatedly hit by SABOT from other M-1s and Maverick missiles from A-10s so that they wouldn't be captured (a la "Cojones").
BTW, is it possible that the crew disabled the M-1's gun so it wouldn't be used?
<load of crap no sabot would do that to the tracks and fire from an A-10 would turn an M1 into chunks. Top down missiles, especially when fired from aircraft, tend to break tanks into jigsaw puzzles.>
Sorry but read the after action reports on the M1s performance, I know u have experince driving a BTR-60, but that's no excuse to bit my head off over something I read and seen in the best of sources.
The Sequence of events that killed Cojones EH of the 2nd BCT/3rd ID:
The crew tries to put out a fire due to leaking oil from the APU in the turret bustle that leaked into the engine bay. the Fuel leak was caused by small arms fire.
The crew threw in a thermite grenade before leaving on a waiting APC. The grenade didn't do too much damage. Two SABOT rounds were fired at the ammo compartment burning the ammunition but still keeping the tank relatively intact.
Eventually COJONE was put out of commision by the USAF, firing a "couple" of Maverick missiles at the tank (you can see the penetration hole on the right front side of the hull).
Iraqis abandonned the tank after the Maverick attack.
During the whole combat phase no M-1s were lost to catastrophic kills apart from the one Dragon posted (killed by an IED). In fact most M-1s were destroyed (none loosing their turrets) by the USAF and other services after being disabled by the Iraqis.