What makes new-gen 120mm XM360 gun of the AbramsX tank more lethal?

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Imagine a tank, not just any tank, but one that sports a game-changing weapon that’s taking the battlefield by storm. Meet the AbramsX tank, equipped with the new generation XM360 120mm gun, a powerhouse of performance and lethality. In this article, we’re diving into the world of this groundbreaking weapon and uncovering what makes it a force to be reckoned with. 

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“The XM360 120mm gun is a true marvel in modern military technology, surpassing all expectations and setting a new standard for tank firepower,” experts say.

Why is the XM360 gun the talk of the town, and how does it outshine the current guns on Abrams tanks? Keep reading as we unveil the cutting-edge features and unmatched performance of this revolutionary weapon. 

Tech data for the XM360 120mm gun?

The XM360 120mm gun is a new generation gun that has been designed to replace the current M256 120mm smoothbore gun on the Abrams tank. It is a longer and more powerful gun that is capable of firing a wider range of ammunition types.

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The XM360 has a length of 6.9 meters, which is about 1 meter longer than the M256 gun. This extra length allows for a larger propellant charge, which in turn increases the muzzle velocity of the projectile. The XM360 has a muzzle velocity of 1,700 meters per second, which is about 200 meters per second faster than the M256 gun.

The XM360 gun is also capable of firing a wider range of ammunition types than the M256 gun. It can fire all of the same types of ammunition as the M256 gun, including armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot [APFSDS] rounds, high-explosive anti-tank [HEAT] rounds, and high-explosive squash head [HESH] rounds. In addition, it can also fire new types of ammunition, such as smart rounds and airburst rounds.

The XM360 gun has a number of other technical features that make it superior to the M256 gun. For example, it has a new autoloading system that is faster and more reliable than the current system on the Abrams tank. It also has a new muzzle brake that reduces the recoil of the gun, making it easier to fire accurately and reducing wear and tear on the tank.

What is the range of the XM360?

The XM360 120mm gun has a maximum effective range of approximately 12,000 feet or 3,657 meters. This range is significantly greater than the current M256 120mm smoothbore gun used on the Abrams tank, which has a maximum effective range of approximately 8,200 feet or 2,500 meters.

The increased range of the XM360 is due to several factors, including a longer barrel and improved ammunition. In addition to its increased range, the XM360 also has improved accuracy and lethality, making it a formidable weapon on the battlefield.

What makes the XM360 more lethal?

The XM360 120mm gun is more lethal than the current gun on the Abrams tank due to its increased muzzle velocity. The XM360 has a muzzle velocity of 6,000 feet per second, compared to the current gun’s muzzle velocity of 5,500 feet per second. This increased velocity allows the XM360 to fire armor-piercing rounds with greater accuracy and penetration power, making it more effective against heavily armored targets.

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The XM360 also has a longer barrel than the current gun, which allows for a longer projectile acceleration time. This results in a higher projectile velocity and a flatter trajectory, making it easier to hit targets at longer ranges.

Another feature that makes the XM360 more lethal is its advanced ammunition. The XM360 can fire a variety of advanced rounds, including the M829A4 armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot [APFSDS] round, which has a tungsten penetrator and can penetrate over 800 millimeters of armor at a range of 2 kilometers. The XM360 can also fire the M1028 canister round, which contains hundreds of tungsten balls and is effective against infantry and light vehicles.

Overall, the XM360 120mm gun is more lethal than the current gun on the Abrams tank due to its increased muzzle velocity, longer barrel, and advanced ammunition. These features make the XM360 more effective against heavily armored targets and at longer ranges, giving the Abrams tank a significant advantage on the battlefield.

The cost of upgrading

The cost of upgrading to the XM360 120mm gun on the Abrams tank is not publicly available. The development and implementation of new military technology is often shrouded in secrecy, and the exact cost of such upgrades is typically classified information.

However, it is safe to assume that the cost of upgrading to the XM360 would be significant. The XM360 is a new and advanced weapon system, and integrating it into the Abrams tank would require significant modifications to the tank’s turret and other systems.

Additionally, the cost of upgrading to the XM360 would likely depend on a variety of factors, including the number of tanks being upgraded, the timeline for the upgrades, and the specific requirements of the military branch or unit requesting the upgrades.


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