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(VIDEO) For the First Time, Hezbollah Uses Reverse-Engineered “Almas” ATGM Against Israel

(VIDEO) The Iranian-produced anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) "Almas," said to be the result of reverse engineering from the Israeli “Spike” anti-tank missile, has been used to target the Israeli military, which originally developed the guided projectile.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) – For the first time, Hezbollah fighters has reportedly used Iran’s domestically produced thrid generations anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), “Almas” against Israeli military positions in southern Lebanon recently.

What is interesting is that the “Top Attack” anti-tank missile “Almas,” manufactured by Iran, was developed via reverse engineering efforts based on Israel’s popular “Spike” anti-tank missile.

Now, the Iranian-produced anti-tank missile “Almas,” said to be the result of reverse engineering from the Israeli “Spike” anti-tank missile, has been used to target the Israeli military, which originally developed the guided projectile.

According to information, Hezbollah fighters successfully seized Israeli “Spike” anti-tank missile during the conflict between the two parties in southern Lebanon in 2006 and handed them over to Iran.

Iranian weapon experts, who obtained the “Spike” system, engaged in a reverse engineering process to develop the “Almas” guided anti-tank projectile.

The Almas system was unveiled by Iran in 2021, featuring various variants for infantry launch, air-launched, and vehicle-launched configurations.

Similar to the “Spike” anti-tank missile, the “Almas”anti-tank missile also utilizes fiber-optic cables for a “fire-observe-and-update” mode, enabling precise guidance toward the target.

In addition to the fiber-optic variant, the “Almas” guided anti-tank projectile includes a “fire-and-forget” variant, requiring only target lock-on by the operator, allowing the projectile to autonomously reach its target.

The “Almas” anti-tank missile boasts a range of 8 km.

In a video released by Hezbollah demonstrating their first use of the “Almas”, it shows the projectile climbing high for a moment before descending and striking a dome believed to house Israeli military radar.

Throughout the launch, the video on the guided projectile recorded its entire flight to the target until it struck its objective.

Almas
“Almas” anti-tank guided missile

 

Spike
Israel-produced “Spike” anti-tank missile

 

The Israeli military facility situated on a high hill aimed to monitor the town of Naqoura and its surrounding areas in southern Lebanon.

Regional military observers argue that the possession of weapons such as the “Almas” anti-tank missile by Hezbollah should not surprise anyone, as Iran has reportedly been transferring more modern weapons and rockets to the armed group based in southern Lebanon.

As seen in the Hezbollah-released video, weapons like the “Almas” anti-tank missile pose a unique challenge to the Israeli military, as they can be launched from positions that previous anti-tank weapon cannot.

Now, even Israel’s military positions on mountaintops and hills are not immune from threats posed by Hezbollah fighters. — DSA

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