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Army-2021: Rostec companies showcase new offensive and defensive ammunition

31st August 2021 - 13:06 GMT | by Alex Tarasoff in Riga

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Svinets-2 and Mango-M APFSDS rounds on display at Army-2021. (Photo: Technodinamika)

Russian armour-piercing tank ammunition has improved but it still lacks the punch of Western rivals.

Rostec subsidiary Tehnodinamika demonstrated improved Svinets-2 and Mango-M tank ammunition at the Army 2021 defense exhibition near Moscow on 22-28 August.

These armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS) rounds are intended for use with 2A46M-family tank guns, which entered service in Russia in 1980 and are currently used with T-72 and T-90 series main battle tanks.

According to Tehnodinamika, Svinets-2 and Mango-M each have 30% better penetration than standard APFSDS rounds. The 125mm 3VBM23 Svinets-2 with 3BM60 APFSDS could penetrate 300 mm of rolled homogenous armour (RHA) at up to 2,000m at 60°, while the 125mm 3VBM17 Mango-M with APFSDS could …

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