US Cartridge, 120mm APFSDS-T, M829A1

 

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Description

This cartridge is a kinetic energy, armor piercing antitank round intended for use with the 120mm smooth bore M256 cannon.

The M829A1 is a U.S. design developed 120mm APFSDS-T cartridge. The complete round contains a propulsion system consisting of a metal cartridge case base with combustible sidewall, granular propellant within a containment device to prevent spillage, and M129 primer, while the projectile consists of the subprojectile and aluminum sabot. The depleted uranium penetrator is a one-piece design which is assembled into the sabot by means of buttress grooves. There is a six bladed aluminum fin with tracer assembly fitted to the rear of the subprojectile and a windshield and tip fitted to the front. The aluminum sabot is composed of three 120 degree noninterchangeable segments with internal grooves matching those on the outer surface of the penetrator. The sabot has a silicone rubber seal at the rear to prevent leakage of propellant gases.

See Also

Cartridge, 120mm APFSDS-T, M829A2

Source(s)

Collaborative Ordnance Data Repository

TM 43-0001-28, Artillery Ammunition (chg 11, 2003)