i can bend copper wires just fine, but use them in a shaped charge and they can penetrate even meter thick armor that i wont have any chance at even scratching with my bare hands. hardness is irrelevant, at the immense pressures both materials might as well be liquids and the trend is for increasing velocity in apfsds so they would act more like shaped charge jet tips. and even if some alien tech. is reverse engineered and enables us to mass manufacture carbon nanotubes for use in armor- well the other side would just use those to enhance their apfsds.Mike E wrote:
They are only the toughest materials known to date... As in, the armor will be stronger then the rod projectile coming towards it.
Thanks for the info though.
EDIT: ok, they are significantly hard enough to shrug off shaped charges, but given the expense and tech level required to mass manufacture such exotica for use in armor we'd sooner see railguns on tanks shooting long rods at double the shaped charge tip speed(to render hardness irrelevant again) and or just my last counterpoint.
EDIT2: did a few more reading, and since impact velocities are not reaching 7km/s or speed of sound in typical metals like steel(uber hard materials would maybe have much faster speed of sound) anytime soon, hardness is still very relevant.
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