Cookie Consent by Privacy Policies Generator

120mm L2 HESH



Overview


120mm L2 HESH

120mm L2 HESH warhead and shell alongside 20mm and .303 rounds for scale.
Source: www.deactivated-guns.co.uk - © Copyright lies with original owner

Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Recoilless rifle ammunition
Entered service
1953
Status
Obsolete
Development
Early 1950's
Developer
United Kingdom
Production
Early 1950's - ?
Producer
United Kingdom
Designations
L2
HESH / High Explosive Squash Head

Description


Introduction

The 120mm L2 HESH is a type of recoilless rifle ammunition developed in the United Kingdom. It was designed for the BAT series of recoilless rifles, including the MOBAT and WOMBAT. These recoilless rifles are some of the largest in their class ever fielded in quantity.

Ammunition types

The BAT practically fires only a single type of ammunition, the 120mm L2 HESH round. The HESH round is effective against both armored vehicles, enemy positions and infantry. It is reported that smoke, illum and training rounds were developed but only used in very limited quantities.

Design

The ammunition is of the separate loading type with the first part being the shell and the second part the metal casing with propellant. Although separate, the warhead and shell are often loaded as if they were single piece ammunition.

Firepower

The HESH warhead is able to penetrate 400mm RHA. It is also effective against bunkers, light vehicles and infantry. In the original BAT the practical range was 800 m, with a maximum of 1.6 km. With the use of the Bren and .50 caliber spotting rifles the later MOBAT and WOMBAT were used up to ranges of 2 km.

Details


Facts L2 HESH
General
Origin
United Kingdom
Type
Recoilless rifle ammunition
Dimensions
Diameter
120 mm
Weight
12.8 kg projectile
27.2 kg complete round
Charge
4.5 kg propellant
Warhead
Type
HESH
Fuze
Impact
Effect
400mm RHA
Range
Velocity
462 m/s
Range
800 m practical
1.6 km maximum

Media