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Thanks for the title Doc DETH!

Just a couple little military hardware updates that you might find interesting.

First up, the US Army has decided to replace the venerable M203 40mm grenade launcher with a unit made by Heckler & Koch. The XM320 unit is the same one they’ve been selling to the Euro forces for years, but the version for the M1 platform gets a stronger mount and some better sights. The new launcher has a swing out breech, so it can be loaded from the side instead of from underneath. This will also let the launcher use longer ammo should any be developed. Pretty neat. Looks like a really robust design ... costs $3500 each.
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TUSK upgrades are proceeding. Tank Urban Survival Kit is a retrofit to the M1 Abrams tank. Major parts include a 5” thick aluminum belly armor plate to protect against IEDs, a bungee suspended cloth seat for the driver to isolate him from road blasts, reactive side armor to minimize RPG damage, a remote control .50 M2 mounted on the main gun, and thick Lexan shields around the top gunner position. It also includes a telephone mounted outside on the back so that troops can communicate with the guys inside, and an exhaust deflector so the troops don’t get toasted while on the phone. I’m not sure if the new M-1028 Canister round is part of this package. The M-1028 is a tank sized shotgun shell that blasts out several pounds of tungsten balls. It’s only good for up to 500 meters, but it gets the job done against the enemy boots and the cars they drive around in, without blowing up the whole neighborhood like the 120mm HE shell tends to do. Improvise, Adapt, Overcome. I like it.

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image The Tank Cartridge, 120mm, Canister, XM1028, is a tank round comprised of 1150 (est.) tungsten balls, which are expelled upon muzzle exit. There is no fuse on this round. While the dispersion pattern increases with range as the velocity of the balls decreases, the dense tungsten balls are used to minimize the velocity fall-off. This program responds to the USFK urgency of need signed by the CINC in Dec ‘99. RAPT Initiative Funding to be used for 6.0M in FY02 to accelerate development by one year earlier than previously planned.

This round meets urgent CINC, USFK requirements to provide effective rapid lethal reaction against massed assaulting infantry armed with hand held anti-tank and automatic weapons at close range (500 meters or less) thereby improving survivability. Additionally, this round will significantly increase the tank’s lethality and enhance the tank crew’s survivability. This additional capability will give the Abrams Tank the ability to survive RPG ambushes and to fully support friendly infantry assaults.
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The M1028 is the first 120mm tank round to be fully insensitive-munitions compliant as certified by the Army Insensitive Munitions Board. The M1028 has also demonstrated effectiveness against other targets. The cartridge has been successfully tested against vehicles, structure walls and for obstacle reduction capabilities. Lethality has even been demonstrated on targets behind these structures. The M1028 adds a really powerful tool for tank crews and the troops they support.

small updateOne of these shotgun rounds exists for the 105mm cannon too, like the ones mounted on the Styker MGS. Turns out it’s also very effective at shooting down entire palm groves, clearing woods of unnecessary trees, and taking out half a village worth of mud huts!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/15/2008 at 03:01 AM   
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