Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 'FGM148 Javelin ... vs Russian Vehicles' -- It's Video Game Footage

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 'FGM148 Javelin ... vs Russian Vehicles' -- It's Video Game Footage Arma 3 Again

Does a video posted to Facebook show footage of a Javelin missile targeting a Russian military vehicle as of March 2022? No, that's not true: This video shows footage from the military shooter video game Arma 3. Lead Stories has previously refuted similar claims concerning images from this particular video game being used to depict genuine international conflicts including Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 12, 2022. The caption is:

FGM148 Javelin In Action AntiTank Missile vs Russian Vehicles

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on March 16, 2022:

Another video game as ukraine war footage post image.png

This eight-minute, 22-second video does not display actual footage of a missile being aimed and fired at a Russian military vehicle. A Google search using keywords, "FGM 148 Javelin In Action Anti Tank Missile vs Russian Vehicles," revealed this March 7, 2022, YouTube video titled, "FGM 148 Javelin In Action Anti Tank Missile vs Russian Vehicles ARMA 3 Milsim," which displays the exact video seen in the Facebook post.

At 1:21 in this September 11, 2021, YouTube video titled, "How to use a Javelin in Arma 3," serial numbers are seen on a Javelin that also appears at 5:51 on the video in the Facebook post.

Serial Numbers Javelin Arma 3 Image.jpg

Lead Stories has debunked several videos purporting to show various conflicts that depict the gameplay of Arma 3. Those fact checks can be found here.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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