Turkish Military Tank destroyed in Syria
ANKARA - Kurdish militants destroyed a Turkish Army Leopard 2A4 tank, reportedly by a Soviet-era anti-tank missile launcher in the course of Ankara's operation against Kurdish fighters in Syria. Why could such a thing have happened to the allegedly “indestructible” German tank?
Military experts point to the vulnerable ammunition compartment as the Leopard-2’s weakest point.
“It has been proven once again that the much-touted Leopard-2 tanks have a fatal defect, as most of their onboard ammunition is stored in the forward left section with weak armor protection on both sides,” specialists at Russia’s center of Strategy and Technology Analysis wrote after watching a video of the destroyed Leopard posted by the Kurdish militants.
They added that the first cases of Leopard-2A4 <link> tanks being destroyed as a result of their onboard ammunition blowing up pertain to tanks the Turkish army lost when fighting Daesh forces near Syria’s al-Bab in December 2016.
[image: Norwegian Leopard 2 A4 NO Tank] Experts believe that the Leopard near Afrin was apparently taken out by a Fagot antitank missile launcher, developed in the Soviet Union in the early-1970s, about a decade before the first Leopard-2 tanks came along.
The Fagots are still being used by the armies of more than 30 countries around the world
Ankara launched an offensive with the support of the Free Syrian Army forces in the Syrian Kurdish-dominated city of Afrin on January 20, aiming to protect its borders from what they call a "terrorist army," referring to Kurdish militant groups in the area.