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Weak spot on the Abrams

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posted on May, 2 2006 @ 03:38 PM
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Originally posted by urmomma158
Not to mention armor protection levels are just estimates they are a mystery in their protection levels. No one really knows how good of a supplement DU armor is.


True.




posted on May, 2 2006 @ 03:46 PM
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originally posted by Mdv2

completely superior qua specs compared with the Abrams.


actually according to your specifications the leopard is 3m tall while the abrams is 2.44m tall. so in this respect the abrams is better so the leopard isnt "compleatly superior".

justin



posted on May, 2 2006 @ 06:42 PM
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Originally posted by WestPoint23



Originally posted psteel
How much RHA can this sniper rifle penetrate?


That depends obviously on the range to target, gun, and on the type of round used.



The most regularly used round of .50 caliber ammunition is called the "ball." According to the U.S. Army, ball ammunition is so powerful it can penetrate one inch of concrete, six inches of sand, and 21 inches of clay at a range of 1,640 yards. At a range of 38 yards it can penetrate an inch of armor plate and 16 inches of log wall. Armor-piercing and incendiary ammunition is another basic .50 caliber round which the U.S. Army uses against armored aircrafts and lightly armored vehicles. The armor piercing incendiary rounds are tipped with phosphorous that explodes on impact and burns at 3,000 degrees. These rounds will ignite almost any fuel they encounter, and if shot into a tree will set the tree on fire.

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Here's a good link detailing the several different rounds fired by a .50 BMG and their various penetration capability.

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[edit on 30-4-2006 by WestPoint23]


OK I heard tell that some gunners were firing these new 50mm SLAP rounds and they completely chewed through the side hulls of derlict M-60 hulls. The thickness of those hulls is said to be around 60mm Cast armor which maybe 50mm RHA. That means the absolute maximum is going to be around 60mm RHA. I've heard tell that this socall mysterious round penetrated the skirting plates , the side hull and crossed the fighting compartment and buried its self in the opposite hull wall several cms. The side hulls are probably 40mm thick while the side skirts are reported to be about 50mm and offer atleast that thickness in armor. So thats atleast 110mm if the projectile impacted perfectly at 90° [which apparently it did not]. In addition the skirting and outer side hull would be 'ineffect' spaced armor which is reported to reduce penetration further. Its likely that the amount of armor to be overcome could be well above120-130mm RHAe. So its unlikely the 0.50 mm SLAP is responsible for that penetration event.



 
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