Open source information on Hamas and Hezbollah’s weapon arsenal is difficult to glean due to their lack of transparency. MilitaryEdge.org has created broad categories, when necessary, of Hamas and Hezbollah weaponry to provide a general sense of capabilities.
For Hamas, the category Assorted Anti-Tank Missiles includes the following weapons: AT-3 Sagger, AT-4 Spigot, AT-5 Spandrel, AT-14 Kornet, RPG-29, RPG-7, Yasin (RPG) and light anti-tank weapon (LAW) rockets.
While the exact number of anti-tank missiles in Hamas’ possession is unknown, it is estimated to be in the hundreds, if not thousands. In 2007, Israeli officials suggested the number was at least 6,000. More recently, Israeli officials have noted that Hamas has made improvements in their anti-tank capabilities. For example, in 2011, Hamas operatives fired a Kornet missile at an Israeli bus in an attack that killed one civilian.
While the exact number of anti-tank missiles in Hezbollah’ possession is unknown, it is estimated to be in the hundreds, if not thousands. In 2009, Israeli officials told their American counterparts that they estimated Hezbollah had “hundreds of simple anti-tank (AT) launchers with rockets and missiles, and hundreds of advanced anti-tank wire guided missiles (ATGM).” Recent press reports suggest Hezbollah may be attempting to upgrade its stockpile of anti-tank missiles and that in a future conflict their fighters will use “thousands of advanced anti-tank missiles.”
During the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, Israeli officials noted the efficacy of Hezbollah’s anti-tank missiles. “The majority of Israel Defense Forces ground troops casualties [during the war] were the result of special anti-tank units of Hezbollah,” Haaretz reported. Similarly, an IDF official following the war stated that “we were surprised by the amounts [of anti-tank missiles Hezbollah had], which at times seemed endless.”
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