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Looks Like Those Work

Posted on October 6, 2014 by tim

It looks like this strange, home-made armor works. At least from looking at these photos of an Ukrainian armored vehicle after the battle. You can clearly see that damage occurred to the metal bars but not to the vehicle itself and it looks like he successfully left the battlefield. Some more photos are inside.

I am not sure what this particular photo is showing, but it looks like the tires had some sort of sandbag protection installed on them.


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4 Responses to “Looks Like Those Work”

  1. pinky says:

    These lattices are for protection from armor-piercing explosively-formed-penetrator weapons. They work by detonating them before they collide with the armor plating of the vehicle so the shaped charge is unable to penetrate it.

  2. Darkness99 says:

    They work by deforming the shape charge before detonation, and then it detonates, the HEAT jet does not form properly. Or sometimes the shape charge may become destroyed even without detonation (the nose detonator gets in between the bars, and the relatively thin hull of the RPG is ripped apart). The efficiency of properly made cage armor is estimated to be about 50%, but most of cages seen in Ukraine are poorly made. Here some ukrainians test their self maid cage armor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWH2LhEZsrY it stops only the disposable RPG-22, the light RPG-18 grenade seem to fit well between the bars and hits the armor, and the RPG-7 detonates on the cage with the jet passing through the armor and even the ground behind it like a hot knife through butter.
    To conclude with, these cages on BTR in the ER post seem to be deformed not by the RPG hits, but by the poor driving skills instead ))

  3. Ash says:

    I have to agree with Darkness99, as I see no evidence of heat/charring/explosions, no ripped or sheared metal…just lots of bending.

  4. dewit11 says:

    In 1945 Soviet tanks were protected by welding bedsprings to the T34 to protect against German ‘Panzerfaust’, early RPG’s.

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