shaped charge


Definition of shaped charge

: an explosive charge the energy of which is focused in one direction so that it usually achieves an armor-penetrating effect

Examples of shaped charge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The grenade’s shaped charge warhead punches through over 200mm of steel, and so easily penetrates a tank’s thin top armor. David Hambling, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Javelin can engage tanks head-on or from above, firing a shaped charge down into the turret from above. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2022 The crew of five (four weapon operators and a driver) are protected by the heavy tank chassis armor and Relikt reactive armor tiles designed to neutralize shaped charge warheads. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 3 Dec. 2020 Russian tanks fire shaped charge and armor piercing shells to kill enemy tanks, but at very long ranges enemy vehicles become more difficult to hit with unguided rounds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of shaped charge

1946, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2022

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“Shaped charge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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