Bogus Emails


Topic Death By Phosphorous
Date 04-Nov-2011
Site Link Tank Hit

This email recently found its way into the InBox of a club member. 

----- Forwarded Message -----
Subject: Death by Phosphorous----

What you are about to watch (see link above) is an actual event. The Israeli Armed Forces filmed this in real time. What you'll see is a  fully armored Syrian tank being hit by an Israeli laser-guided, steel-penetrating, phosphorous-filled "hand held" rocket. The  rocket is small, very portable and is a tightly controlled weapon.

Each one is accounted for when they are checked out and
back in.  There must be no fewer than 2 soldiers present to verify the  use, one must be a senior officer with a minimum of 10 years military service.

This tank was headed for one of Israel 's  settlements. There were four more tanks one mile to the rear of  this tank. They turned around before getting to this area after learning what had happened to the lead tank.

You can hear the  ammunition going off after the initial strike. No Syrian tank crew  member survived this event and it did not make the news
It is an everyday event for Israel 's Armed Forces and they do not permit the "embedding" of news reporters with their armed forces like Americans do.  This weapon and its tactical use is for their survival, not for "news" entertainment!  Perhaps we should take a page from the Israeli Military Handbook.

An interesting story ... but is it true?  A little poking around on the web revealed:

  1. The missile is the Swedish Bofors RBS-56 BOFORS BILL - the first 'top-attack' SACLOS ATGM in the world.

  2. The date is around 1986 and the location is the BOFORS AB live-firing test range in Sweden - you can hear the Swedish WOC if you listen hard.

  3. The target tank is a retired Centurion and is it radio-controlled.

  4. It has doctored munitions to give an impressive result.

  5. The clip can be seen on the video 'World Missiles and Missile Systems'.