Articles >>

Tank Destroyer

Category: Term of the day

Tank destroyer, IT-1, self-propelled anti-tank gun

A tank destroyer, or a self-propelled anti-tank gun, is a type of armoured fighting vehicle. Tank destroyers are used primarily to provide antitank support in combat operations but do not fit all the criteria of a tank. They may mount a high-velocity anti-tank gun but have an open turret, no turret at all or run on wheels instead of tracks. Vehicles which carry a antitank guided missile launcher are referred to as ATGM carriers.

Tank destroyers cannot fulfil the many roles of tanks; they are much less flexible, and usually lack a strong anti-infantry capability. A common feature of a tank destroyer is the absence of a turret, and compared to tanks, an even stronger disposition for heavy frontal armor (compared to side and rear armor). However, as a result of having no turret and fewer parts, tank destroyers are much less expensive to manufacture.

Gun-armed tank destroyers have been largely supplanted by the more general-purpose tanks since World War II, but lightly-armoured ATGM carriers are used for supplementary long-range antitank capabilities.

Sergyi Way
26.02.2007

www.army-guide.com

Actions...
 
Printable Version
 
Printable Version  
rss
 
favorite
 

Jagdpanzer
20.11.2012

Anti-tank gun
05.12.2007

Oscillating Turret
01.11.2006

Discuss


At present you cannot leave messages. To be able to do this, you should enter by using your name. If you are not registetred, do it now. The registration procedure will take just one minute.
Register