first published on November 13, 2015 by Josh
A T-72 fires right across the hood of a friendly BMP-2.
Always be aware of your surroundings, and remember that friendly-fire, isn’t. When you’re about to fire the main gun on your tank, it’s probably a good idea to look left, and right. If this tank crew had been a little farther to the right, they could have scrambled that friendly BMP.
At least the crew of this T-72 were gentlemen about the situation. After they realized their mistake, they backed the tank up, and shut the BMP’s now open hatch with their main gun barrel.
Syria has been using the BMP-2 since around 1987, when they purchased 100 of them from the Soviet Union. They have seen wide use in the current civil-war by the Assad Regime.
BMP’s (Boyevaya Mashina Pyekhota) are a tracked infantry fighting vehicle. They have been used in almost every major conflict, and war since their birth in 1973. The BMP first saw combat when it was tested in the Yom Kippur War where it was used by Egyptian and Syrian forces.
Their primary purpose is to provide mobility to infantry forces, and to support tanks in battle.. or in this case, try to dodge friendly tank main gun rounds.