Saboted light armor penetrator

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The Saboted Light Armor Penetrator (SLAP) family of ammunition is designed to penetrate armor more efficiently than standard armor piercing ammunition.

Design and use[edit]

The SLAP design incorporates a polymer sabot, which allows for the use of a tungsten penetrator projectile of a lesser diameter than the original bore. By using the casing of a large cartridge with a lightweight projectile, the velocity of the projectile is greatly increased.

SLAP rounds have been designed for use against lightly armored vehicles and aircraft.

Types of SLAP ammunition[edit]

The SLAP ammunition is produced in multiple calibers, examples being: 7.62x51mm NATO, .50 BMG and 14.5×114mm, the former two by the United States and the latter by the People's Republic of China.[1]

  • The 7.62mm round is designated as the M948 (standard) and M959 (tracer)
  • The .50 BMG round is designated as the M903 (standard) and M962 (tracer)
  • The 14.5mm round is designated as DGJ-02 SLAP by the Chinese military.

Production[edit]

The SLAP family of ammunition is produced by the Winchester Cartridge Company and Olin Manufacturing. The team began production of the ammunition in 1985. The sabot that contains the sub-caliber is manufactured by Cytec Industries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dtic.mil/dticasd/sbir/sbir032/a044a.pdf TM43-0001-27 US Army Ammunition Data Sheets - Small Caliber Ammunition, HQ Department of the Army, 6/81, Including changes (Not to be used as reloading data)