assault gun


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assault gun

[ə′sȯlt ‚gən]
(ordnance)
Any of various sizes and types of guns that are self-propelled or mounted on tanks and are used for direct fire from close range against point targets.
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The German solution lay in the development of armored assault gun vehicles (Sturmgeschutz or StuG for short).
The main gun was installed directly into the chassis, which also gave the assault gun a lower silhouette and lower center of gravity.
Because of its effectiveness as a tank destroyer, greater survivability, and the high attrition of German tanks, LTG Heinz Guderian, newly appointed as the Inspector General of the Armored Corps, began diverting 75 percent of assault gun monthly production to select tank destroyer companies, armored battalions and special units in early 1943.
Hence the force of circumstances obscured the role of the assault gun, and American Soldiers likely regarded them as just another tank, paying scant attention to one of the most effective combined armed teams of the war.
In order to meet the full range of challenges in modern combat, the assault gun must meet certain specifications for protection, mobility, firepower, and airlift.
As a result, the assault gun can assume a hull defilade position with minimum danger to the crew.
Wherever the infantry goes, the assault gun must go as well.
A VCI comparison with other vehicles illustrates the high degree of mobility of this assault gun.
This assault gun is designed to negotiate a 60-percent slope directly and move laterally along a 35-percent slope.
Additional enhancements on the basic assault gun permit greater versatility.
25 mm cannon, a 100/105 mm assault gun, a 120 mm self-propelled mortar, a command vehicle, an engineer vehicle and an ambulance.
These included 73 vehicles mounting the BAE Systems, RO Defence 120 mm Armoured Mortar System and 130 assault guns fitted with the CMI Defence CTS two-person turret armed with the Cockerill Mk 8 90 mm gun.