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(1:07) Demonstrating a TOW2B missile doing what it's supposed to - kill tanks. TOW is an acronym that stands for "Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire command data link guided missile".

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Guest: Jimbo Chester (786 days ago)
I do not know if is me but the missile was quit a few yards from the tank when the tank exploded..I played it back a few times and I do not fully understand it.. But then why fake it.?
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I do not know if is me but the missile was quit a few yards from the tank when the tank exploded..I played it back a few times and I do not fully understand it.. But then why fake it.?
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Guest: Argle (786 days ago)
This is almost a cross-post with the Grace Hopper tribute I made. Another segment of the lecture series where I met Adm. Hopper included a couple lectures by a programmer doing anti-tank weaponry. The software technology at the time was quite sub-par and experimental. The "kaboom" technology was quite refined. when the device found a target (poorly and sporadically) it exploded a slab of C4 against a steel plate. The plate deformed into what I can best describe as a badminton bird which then violently contacted the tank. I stopped the lecturer on one of his slides where you could see a 50 foot gout of flame from a tank. I asked if that was explosives hitting the dummy tank. He explained that that was simply metal-on-metal. At the time, I was stunned. Since that time, it's clear the blast methods have been perfected. Rip into metal with sufficient force (spent uranium in a narrow rod inside a sabot as another example) and you can rip apart a tank rather spectacularly
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This is almost a cross-post with the Grace Hopper tribute I made. Another segment of the lecture series where I met Adm. Hopper included a couple lectures by a programmer doing anti-tank weaponry. The software technology at the time was quite sub-par and experimental. The "kaboom" technology was quite refined. when the device found a target (poorly and sporadically) it exploded a slab of C4 against a steel plate. The plate deformed into what I can best describe as a badminton bird which then violently contacted the tank. I stopped the lecturer on one of his slides where you could see a 50 foot gout of flame from a tank. I asked if that was explosives hitting the dummy tank. He explained that that was simply metal-on-metal. At the time, I was stunned. Since that time, it's clear the blast methods have been perfected. Rip into metal with sufficient force (spent uranium in a narrow rod inside a sabot as another example) and you can rip apart a tank rather spectacularly
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Guest: Kablamo (786 days ago)
A tank has enough fuel or artillery to explode in its own right, you just need to disrupt it enough to set it all off. If you see on the slow mo there are two stages to the explosion, the missile, then the tank. All the missile has to do is produce a huge and fast shock wave and ignite.
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A tank has enough fuel or artillery to explode in its own right, you just need to disrupt it enough to set it all off. If you see on the slow mo there are two stages to the explosion, the missile, then the tank. All the missile has to do is produce a huge and fast shock wave and ignite.
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Guest: Col Beausabre (215 days ago)
Latest comment: A tank's armor is thinest on top and some modern AT missiles (The US Javelin man pack system & the a version of theTOW (BGM-71D)vehicle mounted system, among others) sense when they are above the target and fire the warhead, which uses the Misznay-Schardin Effect to make an explosively forged penetrator which is fired downwards. This alloes them to defeat modern reactive and composite armors.The gunner can also select a direct attack mode that impacts the target for lightly armored items. TOW has come a long, long way since I was an AT Platoon leader back in 1976! It also happens to be the most battle proven missile in history and has sustaimed the largest production run, being adopted by 45 armies.
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Latest comment: A tank's armor is thinest on top and some modern AT missiles (The US Javelin man pack system & the a version of theTOW (BGM-71D)vehicle mounted system, among others) sense when they are above the target and fire the warhead, which uses the Misznay-Schardin Effect to make an explosively forged penetrator which is fired downwards. This alloes them to defeat modern reactive and composite armors.The gunner can also select a direct attack mode that impacts the target for lightly armored items. TOW has come a long, long way since I was an AT Platoon leader back in 1976! It also happens to be the most battle proven missile in history and has sustaimed the largest production run, being adopted by 45 armies.
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Guest:  (785 days ago)
It's called a "flyover shoot down" warhead and the missile does indeed explode well above it's target
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It's called a "flyover shoot down" warhead and the missile does indeed explode well above it's target
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Guest: Willy (786 days ago)
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Guest:  (786 days ago)
The weakest part of the tank is its top. the missile detonates first to fire a projectile downward that first attempts to penetrate the tank then a secondary explosion to destroy it.
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The weakest part of the tank is its top. the missile detonates first to fire a projectile downward that first attempts to penetrate the tank then a secondary explosion to destroy it.
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Guest: Ex Tanker (221 days ago)
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Guest:  (783 days ago)
The 2nd explosion is large because it detonates the ammunition of the tank
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The 2nd explosion is large because it detonates the ammunition of the tank
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