IDF probing lack of armor on trucks hit by Hezbollah

Israeli military vehicles are seen burning following a Hezbollah missile strike on January 28, 2015. (photo credit: AFP/MARUF KHATIB)

Israel’s army said it would investigate why the two vehicles hit by hezbollah anti-tank missiles in an attack near the border with lebanon were unarmored Wednesday, after two soldiers were killed and seven more injured in the shooting.

Despite heightened security following last Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in the Syrian Golan Heights, the soldiers traveling a mile from the Lebanese border rode in Isuzu D-Max pickup trucks without any special armor.

The convoy was hit by five Russian-made Kornet missiles fired by Hezbollah fighters in a major escalation of tensions along the border…

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  • Hard Little Machine

    FWIW an AT-4 Kornet can wreck a tank and kill or main the occupants. Having armor might not have made a difference.

    • Exile1981

      So who gave them those missiles?

      • ☭ Vladimir Putin ☭

        It was those dirty Lithuanians.

        • Frau Katze

          Sure.

      • Hard Little Machine

        They’re Russian made so either Russia, Iran, or some intermediary.

      • minuteman

        The Syrian army and the Algerian army had them…as does, Iraq, Morocco, and a whole bunch of other places. Iran builds them under license.

        • Exile1981

          That’s what I was trying to find out. Thanks.

          So really they could have come from a number of sources either directly or even through a third party broker; and given conditions in syria I’m sure the ones captured by the rebels could be had for a price.

    • Doug Kursk

      yup

  • BillyHW

    Soon Hezbollah will encounter an enemy as barbaric and inhuman as they are. It’s going to be so much fun to watch.

  • minuteman

    A kornet missile will defeat 1300 mm of rolled homogenous armour after its tandem warhead takes out the explosive reactive armour. An Abrams tank might have survived a frontal hit, but would not have survived a side on hit. No amount of armour on a light armoured vehicle would have saved those guys.

    • Clausewitz

      The idea of the Hummer was not that it could withstand a hit, but by greater mobility you have a smaller chance of being hit. The Hummer was never made to be used in a road convoy, it’s counter intuitive to the design.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Why don’t they just pick some MRAPs, we’re practically giving them away and they are pretty survivable against most types of RPGs? Although if the enemy is using dedicated anti-armor munitions, not much would have saved those Isralie boys.