posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 11:37 PM
Originally posted by cmd18B
If Im not mistaken and dont hold me to it but I think they stop using D U munitions after the first gulf war..
Most service armor-piercing ammunition is depleted uranium, especially in large caliber weapons primarily designed to engage vehicles.
DU is dense enough to carry its momentum through a good deal of rolled steel armor and to a lesser extent modern composite armors. It also has the
cool property of being "self-sharpening," meaning that when it contacts a target it isn't blunted or deformed (as you can see in regular rifle or
pistol bullets) but gets sharper as it passes through the target. Pretty handy.
Back to the original subject, we did roll with DU in OIF 1 in the march to Baghdad. We were expecting tanks and APCs in the defensive belt around the
city. They were there, but most of their crews weren't. Since then we have not carried DU. It has a nasty tendency to go straight through its
target and carry on through the city until it buries itself in a hill. We have enough problems with overpenetration with .50 cals, let alone a 120mm
DU spike going through 25 city blocks. We used primarily HEAT, MPAT, and Canister rounds for a little bit after that before authorization to fire the
main guns went up to division command. Now we are weapons tight on anything over .50 cal, generally speaking. We even have a little bolt action
adapter that we put in the muzzle of our tank guns that lets us shoot .50 cal. Good for countersniper.
Long story short- we (Tankers) carried DU, didn't use much of it, then stopped carrying it. As for helos, tacair, and arty, I couldn't tell you,
but I don't know why they'd need it either.