Sohu: Javelin missiles in Ukraine are only as effective as the enemy allows

The Chinese portal Sohu published its assessment of the real combat effectiveness shown during the Russian military defense in Ukraine by the American Javelin anti-tank missile systems - one of the main weapons systems supplied in large quantities to Ukrainian military formations from the United States and other NATO countries.

According to the publication, at the first stage of hostilities, the Javelins performed very well:

According to the Armed Forces of Ukraine at that time, Russia lost more than 680 tanks and more than 2000 other armored vehicles. It is clear that these figures are markedly exaggerated. However, the losses of Russian troops in the armored technology were undoubtedly serious, and an estimate of them in the order of 1000 units can be considered to be largely accurate.

The Sohu observer notes that at this stage, Russian troops were advancing quickly and successfully in many directions at once, but on Ukrainian territory, as a rule, they advanced in columns. Armored vehicles in such conditions often found themselves without air cover and support from infantry and artillery. Ukrainian forces capitalized on this moment, actively using Javelins mainly to attack Russian army transport convoys, using the tactics of "raids and waste", and achieved great results.

In the second phase, the Russian army used superior artillery firepower to continuously bombard the positions of the Ukrainian army, as well as aircraft for supporting strikes. After that, infantry units were usually used to destroy the remaining forces of the Ukrainian military formations, and tanks were used to carry out the final “cleansing”. With such combat tactics, the Javelin missiles almost did not show themselves.

writes Sohu.

The publication also recalls that the Ukrainian forces simply had nowhere to use Javelins in such operations, given their not so long range. Thus, in future operations in the Ukrainian theater of operations, the role and effectiveness of the Javelin anti-tank systems largely depend not on the fact that the Ukrainian forces own them, but on the combat tactics of the allied forces in the NMD. According to the PRC military, if the Russian side of the conflict launches large-scale attacks and at the same time correctly uses tanks and motorized infantry so that the tanks have sufficient motorized infantry, artillery, and air cover, then "tank losses will be small."

The allegedly “outstanding” successes of the Javelins, now lauded by the West, on the Ukrainian battlefield were mainly due to serious mistakes in the strategy and tactics of using Russian armored vehicles. Under normal combat conditions, it is difficult for the Javelin missile to show greater effectiveness ...
Javelin is an overall powerful anti-tank system, and if the enemy makes serious mistakes, then it performs very well. If tank strategy and tactics are implemented correctly, the performance of the Javelin missile looks very mediocre, and this weapon will not play a significant role.

concludes the Sohu reviewer.
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  1. Nikolaevich I Offline Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 30 October 2022 07: 50
    The supposedly “outstanding” successes of the Javelins, now touted by the West, on the Ukrainian battlefield were mainly due to serious mistakes in the strategy and tactics of using Russian armored vehicles.

    How long have Javelins "existed"? And yet .... "Serious mistakes in the strategy and tactics of using armored vehicles ..." !!! St. 30 years of "javelins" (!) And ... the correct "strategy and tactics" have not been worked out! That is, no one thought how to counter the 3rd generation anti-tank weapons ?! Everything on "maybe" ... on "somehow"? belay And this is called: they were ready to resist NATO, about which the top of the ruling regime in Russia has been telling the Russians for many years!? And what about the impossibility of the normal functioning of military registration and enlistment offices in the state? An acute shortage of officers in the Armed Forces due to a sharp reduction in the number of military schools ... the revealed truth about the lack of mobilization reserves ... flagrant flaws in the organization and armament of the Armed Forces ... and this against the backdrop of chatter ... no, lies about the readiness of the armed forces of Russia to a "big" war with a serious world enemy! So what ? So we will endure the lies of the ruling regime ... endure this regime, paying with the lives of their loved ones?
    1. prior Offline prior
      prior (Vlad) 30 October 2022 09: 41
      And who or what in Russia is ready for war?
      CBO clearly showed - no one and nothing.
      But what parades we have, what parades! were.....
    2. Foe Pshekov Offline Foe Pshekov
      Foe Pshekov (Arkady) 31 October 2022 01: 01
      why snot? death to the ukronazis! that's the whole answer
    3. Vdars Offline Vdars
      Vdars (Victor) 30 November 2022 13: 03
      To eradicate the legacy of EBN and his boys (IMNS) in "pink pants" will take the country a lot of time and spoil a lot of blood for us !!
  2. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 30 October 2022 09: 51
    At that price for a shot from a Jewel, there is no system. This is recognized by the Yankees themselves. The second point: There is simply no protection from modern (sample 70-80s) cumulative anti-tank missiles (grenade launcher). The effectiveness of these systems is directly tied to the training of the soldier using them and tactics. Here the Chinese experts are banal, it was clear back in 1944-45.
  3. Sergei Fonov Offline Sergei Fonov
    Sergei Fonov (sergey fonov) 30 October 2022 14: 40
    Everywhere in life, and on the battlefield, eyes and ears are especially needed, and also a head to understand what needs to be done with what you see and hear. New appointments show that there are problems with the head.
  4. tuZZZ Offline tuZZZ
    tuZZZ (TuZZZ TuZZZ) 30 October 2022 19: 22
    Disruptions in the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kherson, Lisychasky and Zaporozhye directions, thousands of killed Ukrainian soldiers, their rotting corpses in forest plantations, the eighth never-ending mobilization, refusals of mercenaries to go on the offensive indicate that the strategy of filling with corpses does not work for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And no prodigies in the form of sacred bayraktars, javelins and himars will change the situation, they will only bring enormous losses to foreign owners of factories and agricultural holdings and multiply the losses of ordinary Ukrainians - hard workers. The entire elite has already dispersed throughout Europe.