Smaller Caliber Rounds Become More Explosive

Friedman, Norman
February 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Feb2004, Vol. 130 Issue 2, p6
Conference Proceeding
Recently, the Royal Netherlands Navy announced it was replacing its 20-mm guns with .50-caliber machine guns. The move also advertises a quiet revolution in .50-caliber ammunition, led by the Norwegian company Raufoss ASA. The hard body inside the bullet is surrounded by explosive, and a detonating charge is packed into a cavity in the nose of the bullet. When the bullet hits, the charge bursts and ignites the main explosive charge, while the solid penetrator passes through thin armor.


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