This unique projectile was mentioned in another thread, Unknown projectile filler - #14 by EOD , discussing, “Unknown Fillers.” That being said, I finally completed sectioning its unusual windscreen design and figured that I would start a dedicated thread.
Been after a inert example of this, French 105mm APFSDS-T projectile for years ever since I saw a dissected example in a photo about 10 or more years ago. The tungsten pellets contained under the sub-projectile’s windscreen have always been a source of wonder for me. This is an engineering design that may be unique to this projectile, as I have never seen examples of their use in any other large bore, APFSDS-T design.
In all my studies on the subject, I have seen only a few kinds of under windscreen designs and have always read that these various designs were developed by, Engineers and Physicists, to, “Prepare The Target In Advance Of The Main Dart Core & To Minimize Deflection.” It was mentioned elsewhere, that these tungsten pellets may have other functions, like possibly extra shrapnel??? Regardless, I am thrilled the way this one came out. I also must confess, that once I was able to remove the windscreen, I took it to a local, Machine Shop and had them use their, Milling Machine to cut out the section and also to repair the inward facing, forward threaded tip that was broken when I received the specimen. Past my skill level