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Tuesday, 26 February 2013

American Anti-Tank Missile Filmed In Syria

The following video posted on an activist channel for Talbiseh, Homs shows a very unusual projectile previously unseen in the conflict



The projectile belongs to an American M47 Dragon, a wire-guided anti-tank missile in service with the US military until 2001.  A diagram of the projectile is shown below (source


The video provides a close up of the markings on the projectile which provides additional information


"Octol" refers to the type of explosive used, more details of which are here.  M225 is the type of warhead, and HE refers to high explosive.  What's interesting is there's also a P/N reference, which means that with the right reference material it would be possible to track it down to it's original source.  With a history of use in Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Jordan, as well as the US, it leaves the question of the source wide open, but hopefully the P/N reference will make tracking the origin much more straight-forward.

2 comments:

  1. You don't just pick up a Dragon and use it. If people are using them effectively they've had professional training.

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