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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
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.
The assault gun's design can accommodate both using welded Rolled Homogeneous Armor (RHA), face-hardened steel for the entire hull and shaping the slope for superlative protection.
The assault gun's compact size provides profound advantages.
Wherever the infantry goes, the assault gun must go as well.
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.
When the German guns opened up, Baum ordered his column to turn at a nearby intersection while he sent his assault guns up an overlooking hill to silence the defenders.
The President's statement was certainly welcomed by pro-gunners who had become alarmed a couple weeks earlier when Barbara Bush told Associated Press that she is afraid of guns and "absolutely believes" that so-called assault guns should be outlawed.