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Special Forces, yes, but not the regular Army.

 

Regular light infantry units are using it now.  It was FOA in 2012 and given to 3rd, 10th, and 25th in Afghanistan. 

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Good question. Probably because heavens forbid the Army and the Marine Corps share a weapons platform. 

I still have a few friends still on active duty (I would have retired in 2008, but I got out after 15) that got to take part in the early FOA back in 2012/13. From the anecdotes I hear, this thing should have been given to line platoons along time ago.  

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Special Forces, yes, but not the regular Army.

 

You know who did allow RRs in the regular army?

 

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muahahah I win again Sturgeon!

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"106 mm 3.1 RAT 700 HEAT-T projectile
Development/Description
This is a shaped-charge projectile for use with the 106 mm recoilless
rifle
M40A1
. By careful design the internal ballistics of the weapon
have been improved, increasing the muzzle velocity and thus the hit
probability. The warhead is claimed to perform well against all types
of armour, including laminated and reactive. In model testings a
penetration of more than 900 mm in homogenous armour plate has been achieved.
Calibre: 106 mm
Length, with fins: 575 mm
Shell weight: 5.7 kg
Explosive weight: 1.1 kg Octastit
Penetration: (homogeneous rolled armour) 900 mm static,
700 mm in dynamic flight
Round weight: 13.7 kg
Round length: 1050 mm
Muzzle velocity: 700 m/s
Intertechnik GmbH,
Industriezeile 56, Postfach 100, A-4040 Linz."

So yeah, I know that HEAT designs have come a long way since the introduction of the M40 series of rifles, and that some countries like Austria in this case and Sweden had to design their own updates for the platform after the US sort of abandoned the design, but does 900mm of RHA penetration from a supposedly single charge warhead (or at least, no references of a double charge or anything of the sorts) sound really high for a 105mm diameter warhead to anyone else?

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That's little over  an 8-1 ratio.  That's pretty advanced.  Last time I remember talking about it with Colli and Bronez, 7-1 was on the higher end of things I thought, so... yeah.  They are prolly doing somthing funky with the composition of the metallic cone part of the warhead.

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