Combat damage assessment team : A-10/GAU-8 low angle firings versus simulated Soviet tank company (array 21) Aerojet lot number AJD 79A181-001 (30 October 1979)
Stolfi, Russel H.S.
McEachin, R. R.
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This report describes firings of the A-10/GAU-8 weapon system on 30 October 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 Aerojet Lot Number AJD 79A181-001 to be effective damage agents against substantial areas of the U.S. MK 47 tanks used as targets. The pilots in nine successful firing passes (one pilot missed his intended target) fired a total of 289 rounds of which 98 impacted the targets. Of the projectiles impacting on targets, 22 achieved perforations of the armored envelope. Significant results include 3 tanks immobilized, of which 2 tanks were also silenced and six others damaged. (Author)
NPS Report NumberNPS-56-80-007
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