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Watch: Ukraine Uses Cheap AT4 ‘Grenade Launcher’ to Kill Russian Tanks

A Soldier assigned to the 109th Transportation Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, U.S. Army Alaska, handles a M136E1 AT4-CS confined space light anti-armor weapon during live-fire training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Oct. 12, 2017. The Soldiers of 17th CSSB recently completed a series of live-fire training events that honed their skills on a variety of weapon systems to include: the M4 carbine, the M9 pistol, the M203 grenade launcher, and the M136E1 AT4-CS confined space light anti-armor weapon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alejandro Peña)

Russia’s most advanced and newest main battle tank, the T-90M Proryb-3, was seen destroyed on a road in Ukraine recently after being struck by a cheap Swedish ‘grenade launcher’ – the AT4.

The video footage of the tank, left smoldering in the road, was shared on Twitter and other social media networks.

In the clip, plumes of grey smoke can be seen billowing rom the vehicle, which is also noticeably damaged.

Ukrainian-American journalist Viktor Kovalenko shared the clip on Twitter on January 16, adding that the incident took place somewhere near Svatove, a city in Luhansk Oblast, Ukraine.

“Near Svatove, with a Swedish cheap disposable grenade launcher AT4, soldiers of #Ukraine‘s 92nd Brigade destroyed the most advanced multi-million Russian battle tank T-90M Proryv-3 (Breakthrough),” Kovalenko writes.

Russia Gets New Batches Of Tanks

UralVagonZavod, Russia’s biggest tank manufacturer, confirmed on January 12 that a new batch of upgraded T-90M Proryv main battle tanks had been completed and would be sent to troops on he frontline.

“Uralvagonzavod (part of UVZ Group within the state corporation Rostec) has successfully fulfilled its next contract for the delivery of T-90M Proryv tanks. The armor batch has already been sent to the Defense Ministry of Russia,” a statement from the Russian manufacturing giant reads.

The company stressed that assembly lines are operating 24/7 to meet the Russian military’s demands. The tanks, Russia’s most advanced, also feature a new turret design, improved explosive reactive armor, an entirely new cannon, and improved communications features. The tanks also have a more powerful engine.

The tanks are truly the best weapon that can be produced by Russia at this time, and the defeat of even one of these tanks using a cheap and disposable grenade launcher is a huge blow to Russia and the Kremlin’s hopes of launching a new offensive.

What Is the AT4 Grenade Launcher?

Technically, the AT4 is not a ‘grenade launcher’ per say. 

The AT4 is a Swedish man-portable, disposable, and shoulder-fired recoilless anti-tank weapon. The weapon, manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics, is designed to be a cost-effective way for soldiers to target tanks without the use of more advanced equipment.

Though not technically a rocket or grenade launcher, given that the AT4’s explosive warheads are not propelled by rocket motors, the weapon is hugely popular all over the world for how effective it is.

The AT4 is one of the most popular light anti-tank weapons used by militaries all over the world.

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  1. Tomb

    January 25, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    I wish Ukraine every success.
    However, my meter to detect
    Propaganda is pegged by this

  2. Jacksonian Libertarian

    January 26, 2023 at 12:23 am

    AT4’s and RPG’s are unguided dumb weapons that must be used within small arms range (300m). Range training is necessary to consistently lob the rounds into vehicle sized targets. Explosive reactive armor is designed to defeat these shaped charge (HEAT) rounds, as is slat/cage armor.

    By comparison Javelins or TOW missiles can be fired from 4km away (well outside dumb weapon range), and carry reactive armor defeating warheads.

    In conclusion, AT4 attacks on a machinegun armed tank are dangerous, and western troops should demand one of the dozens of different anti-tank smart weapons be used instead of risking their valuable ass. Ideally, in the next war, western troops will be fighting by remote control from an undisclosed location.

    “Never send a man to a drone fight.”

  3. Pij

    January 26, 2023 at 2:28 am

    Interesting article, but amateurish errors like “… not a ‘grenade launcher’ per say” are very offputting.

    For your information: “… often a misspelling of Per se. It is used by students or writers who do not know the exact spelling of the actual word.”

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