An Abrams tank was hit by a TOW missile and subsequently exploaded during a military exercise. The TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) missile is a heavy anti-tank weapon that has been in service since the 1970s.
It was not immediately clear what the extent of the damage was, or if there were any injuries among the crew. However, the incident highlights the destructive power of the TOW missile and the vulnerability of even heavily armored vehicles like the Abrams tank.
TOW missiles are typically used by infantry units to attack armored vehicles from a distance, and can penetrate up to 900mm of steel armor. The Abrams tank, which is the main battle tank of the United States Army and Marine Corps, is considered one of the most heavily armored tanks in the world.
The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.