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Discussion in 'Military Photos & Multimedia' started by asaad-ul-islam, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. asaad-ul-islam

    asaad-ul-islam SENIOR MEMBER

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    here's an article on KE projectiles, from a nice website Future Military Weapon Technology - Modern Defense Systems

    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.

    source: Future Military Weapon Technology - Modern Defense Systems

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    asaad-ul-islam SENIOR MEMBER

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    does pakistan's defense industry have any plans for these in the nearby future? i know we already produce CEM(combined effect muntions)
     
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    I thought we already used them. Weren't they displayed at one of the IDEAS shows?
    And second of all how well do these work against tanks like Aberms or Lepord?
     
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    vs the Abrams as it is now it would be lethal. The Abrams design maximizes armor to the front by reducing the glacis to almost flat. Any attack from an elevated position thus bypasses the armor block as long as the impact is behind the hull or turret front armor block. This holds true to some extent vs all tanks but I have heard the newest Leo's have a top side ERA although I do not know if this ERA has anti-KE effects as well as anti-CE abilities.