The LFP of an Abrams is the thickest section of the hull, and by a large margin too. It seems to vary between low and high 600's (mm) depending on where it is hit, in LOS thickness. - That is for the A2.Werewolf wrote:I have no clue; but it is very doubtful that any handheld posses the power to go through the LFP of an A2 Abrams, Glacis of a T-90A etc.
They will go through all LFP of chassis, they are the weakest part of all tanks from the frontal projection. The RPG-28 will certainly go through, not to mention it will screw up most turret armor since, lot of people base their knowledge still on very old, almost ancient by todays standards, of how HEAT weapons can penetrate composite armor. Your knowledge is based on MONO bloc HEAT rounds, having reduced performance against composite armor. BRL was devestate by Tandem HEAT round with the same rated RHA penetration value, but the precursor weakened the composition and protective capabilities of the BRL armor and eased the way of the main charge to penetrate more than a similiar mono-bloc HEAT round did before.
The export Abrams all use BRL-2 armor (no such thing as "Chobham", as I have stated before), last used by the original M1A1 for US model Abrams.
A1 HA, HC, A2, and A2 SEP all use a new armor package; called Heavy Armor Package. It includes Depleted Uranium, but is a different composite vs. Burlington to begin with. It should perform far better.
"With ease" is a dubious statement, because neither shot landed on an area with large amounts of armor. One went through the side-turret, and one penetrated the turret-roof, that doesn't show much.
IMHO, RPG-30 couldn't penetrate the LFP/turret of an export Abrams with BRL-2. Maybe the turret ring or mantlet, though.
Nobody knows a thing about the upcoming armor package; called Next Generation Armor Package (NGAP). Based on what I know about INB's ceramic research, it will probably use a modified version of SiC, that is cheaper to produce and a little better performing. Some people are thinking it will ditch DU all together, but that would be unlikely.
That constant praising of DU is, highly overrated and inferior to ceramics, which are not only lighter, safer to handle without any health issues, not incendiary from spalling, no protective anti radiation equipment needed to change armor plates, much easier to replace and also have slightly higher protective capabilities. Ceramics aren't that expensive anymore, they are constantly used in body armor and available in different grades, qualities and shapes for aircrafts, body armor and vehicles.
Tandem's are not some magic for-sure penetration....thing. The secondary charge is very small, and everything considered, the main charge will still be the one dealing with ceramics and the DU. Even against the non-DU Abrams....
DU is not a replacement for ceramics, hence why HAP also includes them. It is there to provide high-density, which basically means it acts like a lot more steel than its' thickness in DU.
Ceramics are still expensive in comparison to steel.