posted on Jun, 21 2004 @ 07:27 PM
The L55 gun, the L55 firing the latest German shell, the DM-53 achieves 810mm penetration at 2km. This is in comparison to the L44 firing M829A3 which
achieves 960mm of penetration. So, I do not cite the L55 gun as an advantage in the form it is used now.
HESH isn't any better for urban warfare then HEAT, which has better fragmentation characteristics. Of course then you want a pure HE-FRAG round.
And also, the rifled gun on the Chally is longer then the L44 gun. L30 isn't it's length, Lxx is just the designation Britain gives to it's
hardware. The reason I rate the Chally low is because it's underpowered and it's C3 lacks(which I consider extremely imporant).
About your improvements to the M1A2SEP. The "Dorchester" armor is coming with the M1A3 apparently. About the fire control, the Abrams has the best
fire control and optics, beating out the Leclerc. Also, I don't think an auto-loader is needed at all, tankers like having a 4th man to help with
maintainence and a backup man and a human loader can slam shells faster and more reliably then any auto-loader. A good loader can slam a shell every 4
seconds, while the figures for the Leclerc say 5 (which I don't believe).
And Kaskad, while it is true airpower destroyed a lot of tanks. There were numerous battles fought, where Bradleys and Abrams found themselves without
air support well within the range of Iraqi weapons. This happened in The master gunner I spoke to destroyed a T-55 at 500m, at that range a 100mm gun
can penetrate an Abrams. Also, at 73 Easting a armored cavalry troop, that's 9 abrams and 12 Bradleys destroyed an entire Iraqi brigade in 23 minutes
at point blank with no air or artillery support. Also I should mention that at 73 Easting, the Iraqis were not demoralized, they continued to fight
after the initial shock effect, and even counter attacked. The infantry even stayed to get close enough to the US forces to fire their small arms at
RPGs at them.
[edit on 21-6-2004 by Kozzy]