Analyzing How a Ukrainian Bradley Destroyed an Advanced Russian T-90

Wes O'Donnell
7 min readFeb 25, 2024

Did I ever tell you the story of how a Bradley ran me over in the Army?

An M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Public domain.

It was part of a training exercise in the infantry to teach us to keep calm and still perform our jobs in extreme conditions.

We were to let the Bradley, a stand-in for an enemy tank, roll over us (between the wide tracks obviously) and then pop up and shoot it in the rear armor with an AT-4 anti-tank rocket.

Since then, I’ve had a healthy respect for the Bradley, even though I was a light infantryman and never got the privilege to ride in one.

(Light infantry have to walk everywhere… Or jump from an airplane. Mechanized infantry get to ride around in style in the Bradley or Stryker).

On January 11th, 2024, near the city of Avdiivka, a video surfaced showing a pair of M2 Bradleys duking it out with Russia’s most advanced T-90M main battle tank.

And spoiler alert…

The Bradley won.

But wait! Isn’t the Bradley a lightly armored infantry fighting vehicle? And isn’t the T-90M one of Russia’s most advanced tanks?

Yes, and yes.

Here’s the video to get us started:

First, it’s not clear whether the Ukrainian Bradleys were actually hunting down the Russian tank, or if they just accidentally ran into each other.

The close-quarter engagement begins with the Russian 48-ton T90M inside of this small village, with the first Bradley initially engaging it from a 90° angle.

Then, both vehicles retreat away from each other.

The T90 then fires a 125mm shot that misses, hitting the ground just a few meters in front of itself.

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Wes O'Donnell

Army & Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | Pro-Democracy | Pro-Human Rights