Nuclear war, request of information, halevi
wpc at clyder.gn.apc.org
Fri Sep 15 21:15:06 MDT 1995
The radioactive shells in question are depleted uranium
armour penetrating ones. They are sub-calibre munitions
with a discarding sabot used in tanks and in 30mm gattling
guns on aircraft. Uranium having the highest density
of any natural element has greater armour penetrating
ability than other materials. The projectiles fragment
on penetration and the pulverised uranium can burn.
The resulting dust is radioactive, though not intensely
so as compared to other radioactive substances in view
of the very long half life of U238.
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