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105-mm Tank Ammunition

The Army uses alloyed depleted Uranium [DU] in the 105 millimeter (mm) kinetic energy cartridges. The M1 and M60 series tanks use the 105 mm cartridge; the Army also planned to use the 105 mm in the main gun of the XM8 Armored Gun System. Currently, there is no 105mm tank ammunition production.

The Stryker Mobile Gun System [MGS] will employ four types of 105mm tactical ammunition. High explosive/high explosive plastic (HE/HEP) ammunition will destroy hardened enemy bunkers, machinegun and sniper positions, and create openings in walls through which infantry can pass. Kinetic energy (KE) ammunition will be employed to destroy a variety of Level II armored vehicles. High explosive, anti-tank (HEAT) ammunition is well suited to defeat a variety ofthin-skinned vehicles and provide fragmentation effects. Finally, anti-personnel (canister) ammunition will defeat attacking dismounted infantry in the open. HE/HEP, KE and HEAT each have or will have complementary training ammunition.



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