Gfamily wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 13, 2022 9:44 am
EACLucifer wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 13, 2022 9:23 am
jimbob wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 13, 2022 7:32 am
So they're essentially a massive supersonic air delivered claymore mine... scary sh.t. How big an area to they usually cover?
I don't know, I'm afraid. Stats on effectiveness of GMLRS are actually quite hard to come by. For example US sources talked about 70km range and British ones 80km, but some of the strikes we've seen which were almost certainly HIMARs were more like 85km, and some analysts think 90+ could be the case.
I'm not sure, but I think Jimbob was asking what area on the ground would be lethal to exposed people.
It was TopBadger asking that, and I know what he was asking, I was just giving an example of the specs of these being unclear. I did some looking and I couldn't find much detail on the effective area of the M30 rocket's alternative warhead, other than it was designed to have a larger area of effect than the M31's unitary warhead, which is approx 90kg total, of which a bit less than a third is PBX bursting charge and the rest is preformed fragments.
To give a very rough idea, though, we can compare it to Shrapnel shells used historically. A minute's fire from four French Model 1897s would cover about 100x400m, using about seventeen thousand shrapnel bullets to ensure coverage. The M30 rocket's alternative warhead carries a hundred and eighty two thousand sub-projectiles, which are, in effect, shrapnel bullets.
So I don't know the precise effective area, but it is going to be pretty large. In addition, this warhead was designed to replace a dual purpose cluster warhead, so it is likely to have been designed to damage lightly armoured and soft-skin vehicles as well as injure personnel.