Holy Canister Shot Batman!

Not a new concept in artillery, by any stretch, but there’s some great photography in this video:


Hat tip to my friend Jason for finding this one.

7 Responses to “Holy Canister Shot Batman!”

  1. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    It’s supposed to have an 800 yard range.

    I wonder if it would be legal to mount a blackpowder cannon on a [legally-purchased] tank… Then fire some canister rounds through that.

    It’d probably be easier just to mount a gatling gun… which still would be awesome.

  2. Brad says:

    Nice. Very reminiscent of the high speed camera shots they do on Mythbusters.

  3. Ahab says:

    I wonder how they’d feel about that at my local skeet range.

    Although from a military standpoint, I would have loved to have a round like that for the 76mm on BEAR.

  4. Jared McLaughlin says:

    I’m not entirely sure why this has taken “research” to develop. AFAIK the M60, with it’s 105mm main gun, had just such a round. I’m not sure if it’s some sort of memory error on my part, but I seem to remember the M1IP’s, which have a 105mm gun, had a selector for APERS-T which is basically the same thing.

    We’d been told they were “researching” how to make these things work in the 120mm. I think they were simply “researching” whether it would work with the Geneva Convention, etc.

  5. Sebastian says:

    Canister shot is as old as artillery. Most of the research probably went into making the video :)

  6. anon says:

    Pretty cool photography. It’s amazing that they can track the thing. Also, you can see the shock wave leading the canister.

  7. me says:

    Cool. Only, why was taxpayer money spent to develop this when the Israelis have been manufacturing a 120mm antipersonnel flechette round compatible with NATO-standard 120mm tank guns for 25 years?

    I’m sure this works well and I’m sure it’ll save American lives, but how much cheaper would it have been to buy off-the-shelf from IMI?


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