Sunday, November 20, 2011

Anti-tank missile 101 courtesy Iran

Hamas and their brothers-in-jihad have weapons good enough to do serious damage to any foe, it has been their lack of proficiency in using those weapons which has been a blessing in the lack of greater casualities. Now that may change, as Iran is teaching the Gaza jihadists how to use their weapons correctly.

After all, what good is a anti-tank missile if you can't hit the tank? Practice makes perfect, my Mom used to say.

From The Jerusalem Post November 17 by Yaakov Katz

Iran trains Gazans to operate anti-tank missiles

A select group of Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip have undergone extensive military training recently in Iran, turning them into expert operators of sophisticated anti-tank missiles, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

The IDF believes that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have obtained several hundred advanced Russian-made antitank missiles – such as the Kornet and the Fagot – which have a range of more than 4 kilometers and are capable of penetrating armored personnel carriers and some IDF tanks.

Terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip had a small number of these missiles ahead of Operation Cast Lead – Israel’s offensive against Hamas in 2009 – but only used them in a handful of known instances.

“They were not trained well then, and as a result, the missiles were not effective,” a senior IDF officer explained this week. “Since then, the groups have significantly increased the stockpile and have also sent specific terrorists to Iran for extensive training where they became anti-tank missile experts.”

The level of expertise was demonstrated earlier this year when Hamas fired a Kornet anti-tank missile at a school bus near Nahal Oz, which killed 16-year-old Daniel Viflic.

The missile was fired from a distance of close to 3 kilometers and the operator had to fire in between the Gaza security fence and electrical cables. “He also had to hit the bus, which was not easily seen on the road,” the officer said, explaining the complexities of the attack as a demonstration of the level of expertise in Gaza.

The anti-tank missiles are obtained by Hamas in several different ways. In some cases, they are purchased directly from Russia by Syria and are then transferred to Hamas or Hezbollah.

In other cases, Hamas operatives buy the weaponry on the black market
and then smuggle it into the Gaza Strip via the tunnels it maintains under the Philadelphi Corridor.

Tunnels which the Egyptians are supposedly monitoring and closing as they find them. Uh huh.

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