Video — Tank Round Though Tree

It would take a keen eye to recognize what this image is without some training. Scroll down to the video to see if you were correct. This is not your typical shotgun sabot!

Coincidentally, I have one of these sabot rounds in our front office. Most don’t ever see it for what it actually is. Some even think it’s a model rocket. I always say, “Go ahead and pick it up. But be ready…”

After they have it in their hand and comment on the heft, I like to yell, “For God-Sakes! Don’t drop it!!!!”

Heh. Heh. Heh.

BTW…this video was taken in eastern Ukraine where the..cough…cough…”rebels”…cough…cough…are.

 
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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • Mikial

    A clean hit by an APFSDS round. In the various US, German and Russian 120mm tank guns days, the APDS long-rod penetrator averages around 8kg and travels at a velocity of 1700 m/sec +/-. That’s a lot of kinetic energy. It was always a blast (pun intended) punching them through old APCs and tanks on the live fire range when I was a tanker.

    • I have some kind of penetrater round in my office. The folks who gave it to me didn’t think it was DU.

      I always wondered. And don’t casually touch it!

      😎😱😜

      Marky

      • Mikial

        If it is blue, i.e., a training round, it’s not DU. If it’s black and still has the tip on it, run it under a radiacmeter just to be sure.

        • Interesting. It does have some blue paint on it. So I guess it’s training. But it appear to me to possibly be once fired.

          Is that possible?

          Marky

          P.S. Yay! No ball cancer!

          • Mikial

            Yup, they come as a component of an APDS training round that you load and shoot just like a service round. The training round penetrators we used to shoot at live fire had the same weight characteristics as the service rounds to match the fire solution computers, but were not DU rounds. At least that’s how it was back in the M60A3 and first generation M1 days.

            They’re still a ball to shoot. We pulled into a hull down position for live fire once with a full load of 60 main gun rounds, and found another full load sitting there under a tarp where the last unit had left it. It was winter and cold as heck, but we called the lot number in to the TOC and it came back as a good lot. This was at the old NTC and things were pretty relaxed back then, so since I was the platoon leader and my platoon were the only tanks in over watch as a Blue Force Task Force made a deliberate attack up the valley while we fired down our lanes in support, we got to shoot 120 rounds of main gun ammo in the next three hours of the exercise. Yeehaw!

          • Cool. Your post explains the weight. Ballistically and simulation wise.

            Marky