Combat damage assessment team A-10/GAU-8 low angle firings versus simulated Soviet tank company (Array 25) : (LAVP lot no. AJD79A181-001) (4 December 1979)

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Authors
Stolfi, Russel H.S.
McEachin, R. R.
Subjects
Automatic cannon ammunition
GAU-8 cannon
A-10 aircraft
Main Battle Tank (MBT)
Empirical firing tests
Combat stowed targets
Gun ammunition lethality
MBT vulnerability & survivability
Lot Acceptance Verification Program (LAVP)
Advisors
Date of Issue
1980-10
Date
1980-10
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
This report describes LAVP firings of the A-10/GAU-8 weapon system on 4 December 1979 against a Soviet tank company simulated by 10 combat loaded M-47 tanks. The pilots making the firing passes attacked at low altitude and used correspondingly low dive angles in order to simulate movement through a hostile air defense system. Ammunition used in the attacks comprised 30mm armor piercing incendiary (API) rounds which proved to be effective damage agents against substantial areas of the US MK 47 tanks used as targets. The pilots in ten successful firing passes fired a total of 381 rounds fo which 139 impacted the targets. Of the projectiles impacting on targets, 22 achieved perforations of the armored envelope. The simulated Soviet tank company was destroyed as a combat formation based on the assessment of damage to individual tanks
Type
Technical Report
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Department
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-56-80-012
Sponsors
supported by A-10 System Program Office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Funder
A-10 System Program Office Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Ohio
Format
NA
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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