Copperhead Hit

An M712 Copperhead cannon-launched laser-guided projectile nears the target, an M47 medium tank. Photographer's Name: Tom MooreLocation: WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE Date Shot: 2/27/1984

An M712 Copperhead cannon-launched laser-guided projectile nears the target, an M47 medium tank. Photographer's Name: Tom MooreLocation: WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE Date Shot: 2/27/1984

An M712 Copperhead cannon-launched laser-guided projectile strikes the target, an M47 medium tank. Photographer's Name: Tom Moore Location: WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE Date Shot: 2/27/1984

An M712 Copperhead cannon-launched laser-guided projectile strikes the target, an M47 medium tank. Photographer's Name: Tom Moore Location: WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE Date Shot: 2/27/1984

Comments

  1. What a waste of a wonderful vehicle.

    Couldn’t they fire it from a Reaper drone in Pakistan instead and kill a few Tangos while performing the test?

  2. I’m no redleg but I’m pretty sure it would take a lot of powder to hit a target in 2011 with a round fired from 1984.

    1. I dunno, a 5H charge makes a pretty big boom.

      Excalibur replaced these things for a reason, though.

  3. “What a waste of a wonderful vehicle.

    Couldn’t they fire it from a Reaper drone in Pakistan instead and kill a few Tangos while performing the test?”

    If that bothers you then you’ll be depressed to learn that quite a few M60A2’s are currently growth beds for coral reef off the coast of Florida.

    Anyhow I’m jealous. When I lased for copperheads my target vehicles were much crappier.

    Let me note that we really should still be developing these weapons. GPS guidance etc. etc. is fine but there’s occasions when only exacting accuracy will do and I’d never trust a GPS (or any fire and forget munition) guidance system for that type of scenario.

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