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Anti-Tank Guided Missile

An anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) or anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) is a guided missile primarily designed to hit and destroy heavily-armored tanks and other armored fighting vehicles. ATGMs range in size from shoulder-launched weapons which can be transported by a single soldier, to larger tripod mounted weapons which require a squad or team to transport and fire, to vehicle and aircraft mounted missile systems.


02.04.2007 Visits - 10437 Posts - 0
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Tankette

A tankette is a type of small armoured fighting vehicle resembling a tank, intended for infantry support or reconnaissance. Tankettes were designed and built by several nations between about 1930 and 1935, and saw some combat in the Second World War.


26.03.2007 Visits - 9047 Posts - 0
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Tracer Ammunition

Tracer ammunition (tracers) use special bullets that are modified to accept a small pyrotechnic charge in their base. Ignited upon firing, the composition burns very brightly making the projectile visible to the naked eye. This enables the shooter to follow the bullet trajectory relative to the target in order to make corrections to their aim.


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Turbocharger

A turbocharger is an exhaust-gas driven forced induction device used in internal combustion engines to improve engine performance by forcing compressed air into the combustion chambers, allowing more fuel to be burned, resulting in a larger power output.


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Self-propelled Gun

A self-propelled gun is a gun, whether it be an artillery piece, anti-tank gun, or anti-aircraft gun, mounted on a motorized wheeled or tracked chassis. As such the gun can be manoeuvred under its own power as opposed to a towed gun that relies upon a vehicle or other means to be moved on the battlefield. Self-propelled guns are combat support weapons; they are employed by combat support units fighting in support of, or attached to, the main combat units: infantry and armour.


12.03.2007 Visits - 4246 Posts - 0
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Assault Gun

An assault gun is a gun or howitzer mounted on a motor vehicle or armoured chassis, designed for use in the direct fire role in support of infantry when attacking other infantry or fortified positions.


05.03.2007 Visits - 3326 Posts - 0
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Tank Destroyer

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.


26.02.2007 Visits - 7050 Posts - 0
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Howitzer

A howitzer is a type of artillery piece that is characterized by a relatively short barrel and the use of a comparatively small propelling charges to propel relatively large projectiles at medium velocities over a curved trajectory.


19.02.2007 Visits - 4917 Posts - 0
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Half-track

A half-track is a military vehicle with regular wheels on the front for steering, and caterpillar tracks on the back to propel the vehicle and carry most of the load. The purpose of this combination is to produce a vehicle with the cross-country capabilities of a tank and the handling of a wheeled vehicle.


12.02.2007 Visits - 9192 Posts - 0
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Armoured Personnel Carrier

Armoured personnel carriers (APCs) are armoured fighting vehicles developed to transport infantry on the battlefield. They usually have only a machine gun although variants carry recoilless rifles, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), or mortars. They are not really designed to take part in a direct-fire battle, but to carry the troops to the battlefield safe from shrapnel and ambush. They may have wheels or tracks. Examples include the American M113 (tracked), the British FV 432 (tracked), the French VAB (wheeled), the German Boxer MRAV (wheeled) and the Soviet BTR (wheeled). More heavily armed and armoured are Infantry fighting vehicles, which are designed for direct combat.


05.02.2007 Visits - 10263 Posts - 0
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Infantry Fighting Vehicle

An infantry fighting vehicle (IFV, also known as mechanized infantry combat vehicle, MICV) is a type of armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) used to carry infantry into battle and provide fire support for them.


29.01.2007 Visits - 21585 Posts - 0
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Armoured Recovery Vehicle

An armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) is a type of armoured fighting vehicle used to repair battle- or mine damaged as well as broken-down armoured vehicles during combat, or to tow them out of the danger zone for more extensive repairs.


22.01.2007 Visits - 5018 Posts - 0
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Laser range-finder

A laser range-finder is a device which uses a laser beam in order to determine the distance to a reflective object.


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Graticule

The high magnification sight is normally equipped with a graticule (or reticule). The graticule, which overlays the field of view, is a pattern of marks which can be used for alignment and gunnery purposes.


09.01.2007 Visits - 6600 Posts - 0
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Canister Round

The canister round is intended for close-in defence of tanks against massed assaulting infantry attack and to break up infantry concentrations, between a range of 200-500 metres, by discharging large numbers of metallic balls from the main cannon.


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