Army builds new 18.6-mile-range tank-killing weapon

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  1. TBO

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    155mm howitzer round through the roof would ruin a tanker's day.
     

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    That's almost long enough for a 10mm handgun range!
     
  4. DonD

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    It's a shaped charge, far more effective in defeating armor. Don
     
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    Does the tank have to be stationary? Didnt see that in the article.

    Drone forward observers? If people that is a long way out there from your artillery base.

    Sure would confuse the first few tanks 15 miles from the lines when they exploded.

    Sounds good if it works.
     
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    They screwed up on the range of the TOW and javelin. It should be 2.5 kilometers for Javelin and 3.75 kilometers for TOW IIRC.
    "The new weapon represents an exponential leap beyond existing state-of-the-art anti-tank weapons such as the TOW and Javelin missiles; the Javelin reaches ranges up to 2.5 miles and the TOW missile can hit targets out to 3,000 meters (9,842.5 feet)."
     
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    "The ERCA gun uses a longer, 58-caliber cannon to fire 155m rounds as far as 70km"

    Just one question. How can a 58 caliber "cannon" fire a 155mm projectile?
     
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    In this context it means the barrel length is 155mm x 58.
     
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    Interesting. I recall a time when publishing the range of a US weapons system was considered verbotten.
     
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  10. Deltic

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    That might be so if it were a secret. If 100,000 of our soldiers need to know the effective range to plan a platoon defense it is not much of a secret. If we sell missiles or cannons to foreign armies it is just common knowledge.
     
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    155mm x 58mm? 58mm is only 14.7 inches and the barrel would be shorter than it's width by more than half because 155mm is six inches and six inches is less than half of 14.

    Whoever wrote the article was confusing mm's with inches.
     
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    Sorry Boys - 58mm is only 2.28".
     
  13. Deanster

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    The bore is 58 calibers in length, so 155mm x 58 = 8990mm.

    It’s standard for large guns to refer to them in this way, as an example the German Tiger tank had an 88mm L/56 gun, 56 calibres in length, firing 88mm x 571mm rounds.

    The Tiger 2/King Tiger had a much more powerful 88mm L/71 gun, 71 calibres in length, which fired 88mm x 822mm ammunition.
     
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    In small arms it is size of the bullet. Same in Artillery?

    58mm wide and 155mm long. Projectile that leaves the barrel? Seems small. 2.5inches by 6 inches so probably not.

     
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    18 miles? And here I am trying my best to hit a small circle at 30 feet.
     
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    Maybe you also should shoot at a tank. At 30' you'd probably almost never miss
     
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    There's literally a tank displayed outside the armory I pass on the way to the range. I'll give it a try if you got bail?

    If I miss, you're off the hook.
     
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    Tanks are obsolete targets on the modern battlefield. Like tracked Maginot lines.
     
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  20. Glocks and Garands

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    In the 1980 - 1990's the Army missile scientists developed a FOG-M (Fiber Optic Guided Missile} that had a 19 mile range. It required a vehicle with a trailer, one or two PCs, and the missile had a camera in the nose.

    The lead scientist was transferred out due to there being no request by the Army for this platform. Congress heard about it and made the Army return the scientist to his work. The Army reluctantly did but followed up with the need for a OEM to develop the technology. The Army changed the requirement from anti-tank to anti helicopter and the FOG-M failed at that. The program was cancelled