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M1028 120mm canister round

This is a discussion on M1028 120mm canister round within the Army & Security Forces forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; I have a question. The M1028 tank round contains more than 1000 tungsten balls. The question: if tungsten is more ...


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Old June 9th, 2013   #1
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I have a question. The M1028 tank round contains more than 1000 tungsten balls.

The question: if tungsten is more expensive than depleted uranium why are tungsten balls are used instead of depleted uranium balls?
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Usually when we don't do the "smart" or "cheap" option, there are environmental/OSHA issues. With depleted uranium's reputation/history, that's even more likely.
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Usually when we don't do the "smart" or "cheap" option, there are environmental/OSHA issues. With depleted uranium's reputation/history, that's even more likely.
How do you think, what is the main reason for using DU projectiles instead of tungsten carbide or other tungsten alloys, cost and availability or their effectiveness?

[Mod edit: Please note that cost alone is not a driver of military procurement decisions (and its is a bit of an urban legend/over-simplification, perpetuated by people who don't understand the weapons procurement decision making process). The M1028 is designed for anti-personnel work to meet specific requirements (see link to ppt) and it can kill enemy personnel behind structures or in soft skinned vehicles. In fact, this tank round can kill light armour; and there is little or no additional benefit of using DU projectiles in place of existing tungsten projectiles (i.e. not a requirement in developing this tank round).

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