a reply to: Kester
First off DU fallout is a laughably blatant tipoff that you have absolutely ZERO idea what you're talking about!
Not only do you know nothing about weapons and the military, but you've also outed yourself as someone lacking even a working understanding of high
school level science.
Words and scientific terms especially have fixed and very specific definitions and that said an ammo dump getting blown up which contains DU munitions
does not equate to fallout like the HIGHLY radioactive dust and debris from a nuclear detonation at or above ground level.
DU is short for depleted uranium which while radioactive is only negligibly so and has a crazy long half life, fun fact long half life equals lower
level of radiation output compared to short half life unstable and highly radioactive materials!
Now, being a heavy metal does make it pretty toxic especially if fine particles are inhaled etc and can even lead to birth defects, high infant
mortality, and a myriad of other health effects in adults children and etc.
However, this is because it's a heavy metal NOT because of radiation output.
So yeah, again I'll say it, you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about!
Oh at BTW...
You still have neglected to explain how DU munitions are advanced smart weapons that somehow get their users killed...
You can't prove it of course because you have no real idea what weapons etc employ DU that the US military actually uses!
Fun fact, the Abrams tank armor package for the US military employs DU as part of it's protection package! (Export models to even our closest allies
do not contain the DU elements, though Australia could have acquired their Abrams tanks with the DU elements, they however chose not to)
Here's a partial list of DU munitions the US uses.
A-10 warthog Gau-8 Gatling gun ammunition
M2/M3 Bradley APFSDS ammunition for Bushmaster M242 25mm autocannon
105/120mm APFSDS ammunition for the M1 Abrams tank gun
That's the ones I can think of right off the top of my head, and they all have one thing in common. That thing is that they are all dumb ammunition
meant to be used for defeating armored targets.
APFSDS: Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot
APFSDS ammunition fires what are essentially very long darts with tail fins designed to keep the dart stable and fly straight. These darts are encased
in what is known as a sabot (French word for shoe/wooden shoe) which is designed to break away shortly after leaving the muzzle of the gun. They make
these rounds this way in order to massively increase the surface area of the round for bhe powder gases to push against and impart velocity to the
projectile because nothing short of raw velocity and a heavy enough projectile mass can reliably punch the frontal armor of modern tanks even without
Depleted uranium is used for the darts because of it's nearly unparalleled density and thus mass per cubic centimeter, it's ability to essentially
self sharpen as it's penetrating a target, and finally because it's HIGHLY pyrophoric!
It's high mass and density allow for a long very thin dart which is vital when attempting to engage a tank head on.
Self sharpening/pyrophoric effect:
Unlike tungsten DU darts don't have the finely shaped tip ablate away or shear off during penetration. Along with this a penetrating dart need not
directly hit a vital part or something explosive inside the enemy tank to knock it out of action or outright destroy it because once it blows through
the armor a superheated cloud of burning DU particles fill the interior and make a single hit far more likely to kill or injure crews and destroy
vital internal equipment and etc.
The Bradley autocannon and the GAU-8 of the warthog work the same way too but the Bradley is meant to engage lighter armored fighting vehicles etc
not tanks and the warthog attacks tanks and other armored vehicles from the top where their armor is nowhere near as thick and heavy.