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Kinetic Energy Projectile – KE-projectile

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An APFSDS, Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabalized Discarding Sabot round.

A Kinetic energy Projectile is one that can pierce through advanced armor more efficiently due to a smaller penetration surface and a high rate of speed. As you can see the munition bursts apart leaving a small rod that can penetrate advanced armor technology such as reactive armor. Typically the penetrator rods are constructed of extremely high-density metals such as depleted uranium or tungsten. The purpose of a sabot with rounds such as these is to increase the velocity of the projectile when fired. The sabot acts to harness more of the force from the blast used to fire the round, then is discarded mid-flight to the target.

KE rounds are different from Heat rounds such as shape charges that rely on blast fragmentation to penetrate armor. The image below shows the arsenal of 120MM rounds that the Abrams Tank is capable of firing. In the Abrams video it shows the tanks firing an APFSDS round and it shedding its sabot in slow motion. All of the rounds are used for different tactical situations and to defeat different types of armor.

Video of KE – Projectile shedding its sabot

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120mm tank rounds

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The British Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank – British innovation in armored vehicles tested in Iraq

British Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank
Manufacturer: BAE Systems Land and Armaments [LSE: BA.L]
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The British Challenger 2 Main battle tank has several innovations unique to its design. One of the foremost innovations devised by the Brits is a type of armor known as Chobham armor, which is a layered matrix of steel and ceramics. In fact, incorporating layers of ceramic into steel has been a newer technique of strengthening steel, (the strongest knife blades are now layered steel and ceramics, because the ceramics provide an added measure of flexibility. The Chobham armor is known to perform especially well against HEAT (High explosive anti-tank) rounds. In one encounter in Iraq, one Challenger 2 was hit by 8 RPGs in close range and one MILAN anti-tank missile and managed to escape to be repaired. Another improvement currently being made to the Challenger 2 is the replacement of its 120 mm rifled cannon barrel with a smooth bore cannon, which will enable the Challenger to fire depleted uranium rounds among other more lethal ammunition developed by the US and Germany.

Specifications

Weight: 62.5 tonnes
Length: 8.3 m
Width: 3.5 m (4.2 m with appliqué armour)
Height: 2.5 m
Crew: 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)

Drive System

  • Engine: Perkins CV12 diesel engine delivering 1,200 hp (895 kW).
  • Gearbox: David Brown TN54 epicyclical transmission (6 fwd, 2 rev).
  • Suspension: Second-generation Hydrogas.
  • Track: William Cook Defence Hydraulically Adjustable double-pin.
Maximum speed 37 mph, 59 km/h (road) 25 mph, 40 km/h (cross country)
Range 280 miles, 450 km (road) 156 miles, 250 km (cross country).

Check out this Challenger 2 tank video, this thing is a beast!

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The Main Battle Tank of America – The M1-A1 and M1-A2 Abrams Tank Video

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Manufacturer: General Dynamics [NYSE: GD]

Some countries excel in the creation of different things. It just so happens that the US excels in the creation of the machines of war. Aside from being the richest country in the world and having the Cold War spurring the development of said military technology, the Abrams tank was truly a revolutionary design when unveiled in the 80s. Despite whatever claims that certain tank exporting countries have about their newly designed next-generation tanks, none of them, aside from a distant second with the British Challenger 2 main battle tank, have been tested as extensively in battle as the M1 Abrams tank. The Abrams tank has constantly been upgraded to withstand the stresses of battle, and when it comes to a main battle tank, you actually want it to last…in battle. Support systems and facilities, repair and maintenance technicians, and myriads of other factors contribute to determining what tank could win against another. Sure other modern MBT tanks have bells and whistles, but none have the serious capability to survive and be retrofitted like the M1-Abrams tank. The M1-A2 MBT is the greatest tank in existence. Also be sure to read about the depleted uranium shells seen in slow motion in the video.

Check out this M1 Abrams tank video. The slow motion segment depicts a fin-guided round shedding it’s skin midflight.

You can see other Abrams tank videos at YouTube.com’s Abrams Tank videos section.

Apache Helicopter Tactics – A New Fighting Machine on the Battlefield

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Manufacturer: Boeing [NYSE: BA]

The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter embodies myriad modern manifestations of fighting units founded from as far back as ancient times. Think of it as a piece that can make any move that it wants on a chess board. With a standoff of modern armor, artillery, or infantry; the apache’s speed and firepower can allow the US to flank and then wreak havoc on dug-in enemy forces; just like armies from ancient times used horse-mounted calvary to flank and mount surprise attacks. Scores of apache helicopters can mount all out assaults, break through enemy lines, and allow the main fighting force to penetrate, just like a concentrated calvary charge can break a line. With the most firepower on the battlefield, a single apache helicopter can be armed with up to 16 Hellfire missiles , each capable of killing a tank or equivalent armored vehicle. The fire and control system on the apache is so advanced, that if the enemy tanks are concentrated together, the apache could potentially kill up to 16 tanks in mere minutes. The apache can also play the roles of either defensive standoff or offensive siege craft, able to lay down firepower on advancing forces with minimal exposure, and also able to lay down long range firepower on enemy defensive positions. Mainly though, the apache is a maneuver unit, and when combined with the other advanced and heavy weaponry all available to the American commander on the battlefield, the enemy is completely overwhelmed in near instant death. Laser and GPS-guided bombs from the sky, missiles from apaches and MLRS, and depleted uranium shells from M1-A2 Abrams tanks, coupled with the actively managed digitized battlefield creates a venerable orchestra of firepower makes quick work of anything.

This is an Apache video that highlights the maneuver and fire capabilities of the apache helicopter.
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Click Here to See an Apache Airstrike on Insurgents

Click Here to See a Video of an Apache Attack on a Building Using Hydra Rockets and Machine Gun