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    Ukrainian Forces Score Tactical Victory Against Russian T-80 Tank

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    Ukrainian forces, demonstrating significant battlefield skill, have effectively neutralized a Russian T-80 tank using a TOW anti-tank missile from an American Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

    m2a3-bradley-fighting-vehicle” by LockheedMartin19 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    This tactical victory was broadcasted by the fighters of Ukraine’s 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade, who shared a video clip on their Telegram channel.

    National Training Center, M2A2 PDS Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Fort Irwin” by mark6mauno is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    The caption accompanying the gripping footage read: “Bradley infantry fighting vehicle against the Russian T-80 tank!”

    Despite challenges in the independent verification of the video’s time and location, a subsequent photograph appears to validate the destruction of the target in question.

    A member of Ukraine’s military underscored the significance of such hardware in the ongoing conflict, particularly noting the Bradley Fighting Vehicle’s exemplary performance in the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions. “This footage provides further evidence of the effectiveness of the Bradley’s use in modern military conditions,” they commented.

    M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Fort Irwin CA” by mark6mauno is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    The Bradley is renowned for its M242 25 mm automatic cannon, which is pivotal in engaging enemy infantry and other armored vehicles, amplified by its standardized electronic warfare systems.

    The T-80, a less commonly utilized tank within the Russian arsenal compared to the T-72, comes with a hefty price tag estimated between 2 to 4 million dollars and is notorious for its high maintenance and fuel consumption.

    M2/A2 Bradley Fighting vehicles” by UNC – CFC – USFK is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    The gas turbine engine, which offers remarkable maneuverability, also entails excessive fuel usage and a heightened need for meticulous maintenance.

    1st Cavalry Division Bradley Fighting Vehicle conducts live-fire training in South Korea” by #PACOM is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    The T-80’s limited use by Russian forces is evidenced by a steep decline in their numbers within the army, from 7,558 in service in 2000 to a mere 360 by 2021, highlighting operational inefficiencies and a shift in military asset preference.

    Bradley Fighting Vehicle Live Fire” by U.S. Army Europe is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

    Furthermore, the T-80’s loss coincides with the reports of significant Russian tank casualties in the war with Ukraine.

    Bradley Fighting Vehicle at Fort Totten! #wmata #wtf” by Joe in DC is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    The Netherlands-based Oryx, a defense analysis website specializing in open-source intelligence, has visually confirmed that Russia has suffered considerable armor losses, with over 2,000 tanks destroyed, damaged, abandoned, or captured since the onset of full-scale hostilities.

    Bradley Fighting Vehicle at Saber Strike 2014” by U.S. Army Europe is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

    Conversely, the effectiveness of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Ukrainian hands is evident.

    As reported, one Ukrainian M-2 Bradley crew achieved what is considered one of the longest-range tank kills during the conflict, managing to target a Russian T-80 tank from a mile away during a nighttime engagement.

    These recent developments come at a time when Russia displayed only a single World War II-era tank at its prominent Victory Day military parade in Moscow, starkly contrasting with the usually formidable display of modern tanks.

    Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Russia – March 01, 2018: Soviet main battle tank T-80UD Bereza (model 1987) in the museum of military equipment

    This has been interpreted as an indicator of the heavy toll the war has taken on Russia’s armored strength, with analysts suggesting that Moscow is finding it increasingly challenging to deploy its latest T-14s and is instead resorting to outdated Soviet-era tanks from its reserves.

    Relevant articles:
    AFU Reportedly Destroys Multi-Million-Dollar Russian T-80 Tank With Bradley-Fired TOW Missile , Kyiv Post, 05/10/2024
    Ukrainian M2A2 Bradley Takes Out Russian T-80 Tank in Video, Newsweek, 05/09/2024
    A Ukrainian M-2 Fighting Vehicle Sneaked Up On A Russian T-80 Tank at Night—And Hit It With A Missile From A Mile Away, Forbes, 05/08/2024
    Russia again had only one tank in its big Victory Day military parade, and it was a World War II relic, Business Insider, 05/09/2024

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