Just browsing through the older posts, there some good discussions amongst them, came across this one, and out of curiosity had a look a the link to the T80UD allegedly shot at .
Having watched the clip. I couldn't make out who was shooting at what. Also interesting how a fire truck turned up, lots of these on the battlefield, once the fire was out , the next section is the fireman tapping on the drivers hatch , which duly opens, but we never see the driver get out, sure he appears but the gun barrel stops him getting more than his upper torso out.
I don't speak or read Russian so relied on Google translate to help with the introductory comment and some of the follow on comments. It is introduced as
"Video with the tests of shelling the T-80UD tank from the T-80U tank, a distance of 100 m. The result of the hit is visible - destruction of the shelves, fire. The 125 mm BCS hit the tower at the junction between the two DZ blocks. The second hit in the upper part of the bow assembly of the hull. "
Subsequent comments raise some questions about what actually is being shown.
The Fire - this is apparrently externally stored fuel, which in combat operations are drained or pumped into the internal tanks - I was under the impression T80 fuel tanks are exactly where the fire was located.
The context - one commentator points out that this video was made at the height of the first Chechen War , where T80/T72 losses by the Russian Federation were pretty fearsome , question was this this stunt to reassure the Russian public as to the effectiveness of their equipment.
What actually happened - marked skepticism by this commentator "So this is not an armor piercing projectile. What is the point of shelling the tank with a land mine? That all fires, because it is a land mine. In the case of shelling, armor-piercing, and even more so with sub-caliber projectiles, from such a distance, not a single tank has a chance......"
The final video image 10m54s is someone sticking a rod through a hole in the front glacis plate , the rod is maybe a foot long seems to penetrate the front of the glacis right beneath the drivers position. To be honest I think we are looking at two different tanks that have been tested, without understanding the audio it's difficult to make any informed decision about the integrity of what is being shown.
In short I'd put this in the category of something published by RT or RBTN.
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