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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hamas deploying wire-guided anti-tank missiles?

The Palestinian Arab media is quoting Israeli sources (which I cannot find*) that Hamas is deploying a wire-guided anti-tank system.

According to the reports, on Friday the IDF for the first time faced a Russian-made 9K111 Fagot (AT-4 Spigot) anti-tank system, as they were fired upon near the security fence. No damage was reported.

Hezbollah has more sophisticated wire-guided missiles.

The Spigot has a range of up to 2.5 kilometers.

Israel recently successfully deployed in the field the Trophy tank anti-missile system, and it was used this morning to neutralize an anti-tank missile.

*UPDATE: Since I queued this post this morning, two Grad rockets have slammed into Ashkelon and two people were treated for shock. In the JPost article it says
Hamas’s so-called “return to direct terror activity” began Friday with the firing of a guided anti-tank missile at an IDF jeep on patrol along the Gaza border.

This is the second time in a month that a guided anti-tank missile has been fired from the Gaza Strip. The IDF believes that Hamas and possibly other organizations have a significant arsenal including Kornet, Faggot and Sagger-guided anti-tank missiles.