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Video: Bird ruins wire-guided anti-tank missile shot


The US Army regularly exercises with European allies and also shares video footage from the events. A recently released video from a drill that took place in Poland earlier this month has an interesting twist to it, however.

On April 24, Spartan Soldiers from 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, shot M-220 tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles from Bradley fighting vehicles at targets set up on the Mielno Range, in Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area.

The best firing squads from four of the seven battalions were presented the opportunity to shoot the TOW missile after shooting best in their respective battalion’s gunnery.

One of the shots, as can be seen in the video below, appears to have been ruined by an unlucky bird, which got in the way of the missile as it was about to hit a target tank. The video shows the missile exploding upon impact, while the target tank, possibly a retired T-72, remained intact.