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Hamas Is Helpless Against Israeli "Windbreaker"

Updated on July 24, 2014
Hamas tunnels begin near civilian buildings
Hamas tunnels begin near civilian buildings

When the Israeli 401st tank brigade crossed into Gaza, they were met with Hamas' most advanced Russian antitank weapons, the Kornet-E, and the 9M113 Konkurs. The Israeli Merkava-4, one of the world's most advanced tanks, seemed to have some sort of "alien" force shield around them making them immune to anything Hamas tossed at them. Previously, in 2005, the Merkava fell prey to many of these AT weapons from Hezbollah.

Hamas fighters were shocked. What they did not know was the 401st is protected by Windbreaker, a Trophy countermeasure. The system is nearly automatic. It detects any weapon that fires at a tank, determines if it is a danger or not, then, either instantly fires a small shield of buckshot-like pellets. The incoming danger explodes upon impact leaving the tanks untouched. Mind you, all this is done instantly or in a blink of an eye. The radar-like eyes protect the tank 360-degrees. If the system determines what was fired is not a danger, nothing more happens. The cost of each system for a tank is $600,000.

The Windbreaker began development in 2006 and it was not tested in the USA until 2011 and was 100% successful. Israel began fitting the system onto its Merkava. Apparently, Hamas fighters have little memory because the same AT missiles tried to knock out a tank in Gaza that year, which failed. Trophy is designed to form a "beam" of fragments, which will intercept any incoming HEAT threat, including RPG rockets at a range of 10 – 30 meters (30-90 yds.) from the protected platform. The system can simultaneously engage several threats, arriving from different directions in all types of terrain.

As Hamas tries to find a solution, they are seeking Russian RPG-30 weapons thought to be able to overcome the Windbreaker. However, the Israelis have thought of this as well, in their, Trench Coat", which there is little information about. The Windbreaker is 98% effective.

Iran has received the Hamas leader and has pledged its full support in resupplying rockets and other weapons. The RPG-30 system launches an initial decoy missile that activates the tank’s active defense mechanism. After the tank’s active defense is turned on, a second missile capable of disrupting the tank’s defense mechanism and penetrating 65 cm of armor is launched by the RPG-30 system.

Hamas only has to ask Hezbollah for some.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 3 years ago

      I have heard that.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      These babies are really cool. They had just gotten back to their home base the day before we visited it so we had a close up look. Do you know that all the injured are treated in Israel regardless of who they are?

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I didn't realize how connected hamas was to Russia. Thanks for the update and interesting read.