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An APFSDS-T Shell in real-life

The Armor Piercing, Fin Stabilized, Discarding Sabot - Tracer (APFSDS-T) cartridge is a type of kinetic energy (KE) armor defeating round. It consists of a fin stabilized subprojectile, a tracer assembly attached to the rear of the fin and a depleted uranium (DU) or tungsten penetrator with a ballistic tip to reduce drag.

It is currently recognized as the most effective tank-fired anti-armor round in the world.

Battlefield 3Edit

APFSDS-T Shell
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Maintenance Thermal Camo
Vehicle
Vehicle Type

Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Magazine size

6

Reserve ammunition

Maximum ammunition

6 (∞ reserve ammo)

Reload/Cool-down

4 seconds

Rate of fire

≈ 150 RPM

Special Feature(s)
  • Independent magazine
  • Increased damage vs vehicles
Special Ability
Unlocked At

47000 IFV score

Customization Slot

Weapon

"Armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (with tracer) ammo which deals more direct damage but has no explosive element."
— Battlelog description
The APFSDS-T Shell, also commonly known as just "AP" Shell, is a secondary weapon specialization unlock for IFVs in Battlefield 3 unlocked at 47000 IFV score.

It functions has simple functional characteristics are the primary 25mm HE Shells but differs as it contains no explosive payload but deals increased damage and penetration against vehicles. Like the primary default cannon rounds, the cannon carries only 6 shells per magazine, taking approximately 4-5 seconds to reload. The Belt Speed Vehicle Specialization reduces the time required between reloads.

The APFSDS-T Shell is particularly effective against armored and unarmored vehicles, with the special ability of not only dealing more damage than the primary cannon shells, but also able to bypass the effects of Reactive Armor Plating. The increased damage of the shell added with its special ability allows it to destroy a Main Battle Tank in as little as 5 shots to the rear at a direct 90 degree angle. When combined with IR Smoke and Reactive Armor, IFV operators can engage a single, or in some instances multiple hostile armored vehicles at the same time with relative ease and confidence.

The APFSDS-T shells are less effective against infantry however, especially against groups as it lacks an explosive payload unlike its primary weapon. Regardless, well placed shots can usually kill any and all infantry personnel in direct contact of the shell. Accurate fire and dispatch of infantry within transport vehicles can allow friendly forces to capture said vehicles while dealing the least amount of damage. The AP Shell also has the ability to alternate both fire and reload with the main gun, unlike specializations of similar nature such as the Canister Shell and Guided Shell for Main Battle Tanks, allowing nearly unlimited and un-paused fire with the main gun. The shell also has a special ability which allows it to behave similar to MBT shells. Unlike it's default 25mm HE shell ammunition, the AP Shell has the uncanny ability of defoliating and destroying cover or structures in a single shell instead of 3, allowing quick exposure and defliation of cover used by enemy combatants within the need for constant reload.

Due to its lack of effectiveness against Infantry targets unless a direct hit is achieved, the operator of the IFV can choose to switch to the primary 25mm HE shells for quick dispatch of targets, or employ a secondary gunner(s) in respective stations aboard the vehicle.

Damage Statistics & Effects Edit

The following is a list of effects and damage to specific vehicle types from impacts by the APFSDS-T Shell fired from Infantry Fighting vehicles (IFVs). To maintain consistency, results are gathered from damage inflicted upon the target by the shell impacting at a 90 degree angle. Damage resulting from impacts at an angle other than 90 degrees are not listed due to slight variations of damage at different angles of degrees of shell impact.

Vehicles not listed are vehicles which are destroyed within a single magazine dispense. Such includes Jets of all Types, Attack and Scout Helicopters, Quad Bikes and Light Jeeps.

Vehicle Type Rear Sides Front
Main Battle Tank 100+ (Destroyed) 88, Disabled 45
Tank Destroyer 63 63 63
Infantry Fighting Vehicle 63 63 63
MRAP Jeeps 50, Disabled 41, Disabled 50, Disabled
Mobile Anti-Air 63 63 63
Mobile Artillery - - -
Transport Helicopter 61 61 61
RHIB Boat - - -
Rhino 66, Disabled 66, Disabled 55, Disabled

*- Signifies no data

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Battlefield 4Edit

APFSDS-T Shell
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IRNV Optics Smokescreen
Vehicle

,BTR-90, LAV-25, ZBD-09

Vehicle Type

IFV

Magazine size

12

Reserve ammunition

24

Maximum ammunition

36

Reload/Cool-down

4 seconds

Reserve reload time

15 seconds

Alternate reload/Cool-down

3 seconds

Rate of fire

≈ 185 RPM

Special Feature(s)
  • Increased muzzle velocity
  • Less drop over range
  • Increased damage vs. vehicles
Unlocked At

13000 IFV score

Customization Slot

Primary Weapon

"A shell without an explosive payload that travels at an increased velocity compared to other shells of the same caliber."
— Game description
The APFSDS-T Shell, also commonly known as just "AP" Shell,  is a secondary weapon specialization unlock for IFVs in Battlefield 4 unlocked at 13000 IFV score. It functions almost similarly to its Battlefield 3 predecessor but replaces the primary weapon ammunition. 

It functions has simple functional characteristics are the default 25mm HE Shells but differs as it contains no explosive payload but deals increased damage against vehicles, lower drop over range and higher shell velocity. Like the primary default cannon rounds, the cannon carries only 12 shells per magazine, taking approximately 4-5 seconds to reload. The Belt Feeder Vehicle Specialization reduces the time required between reloads.  

The APFSDS-T shells are less effective against infantry however, especially against groups as it lacks an explosive payload unlike its primary weapon. Regardless, well placed shots can usually kill any and all infantry personnel in direct contact of the shell. Accurate fire and dispatch of infantry within transport vehicles can allow friendly forces to capture said vehicles while dealing the least amount of damage.  

Due to its lack of effectiveness against Infantry targets unless a direct hit is achieved, the operator of the IFV can choose to switch to the primary 25mm HE shells for quick dispatch of targets, or employ a secondary gunner(s) in respective stations aboard the vehicle. The operator also has the option of equipping Zuni-Rockets for a more effective dual purpose role to supplement the primary weapon. 

Damage Statistics & Effects Edit

The following is a list of effects and damage to specific vehicle types from impacts by the APFSDS-T Shell fired from Infantry Fighting vehicles (IFVs). To maintain consistency, results are gathered from damage inflicted upon the target by the shell impacting at a 90 degree angle. Damage resulting from impacts at an angle other than 90 degrees are not listed due to slight variations of damage at different angles of degrees of shell impact.

Vehicles not listed are vehicles which are destroyed within a single magazine dispense. Such includes Jets of all Types, Quad Bikes, PWCs and Light Jeeps

Note that damage results are measured in "Damage Per-Magazine" ("D.P.M").

Vehicle Type Rear Sides Front
Main Battle Tank 81 50 42
Infantry Fighting Vehicle 48 49 48
MRAP Jeeps 69 69 93
Mobile Anti-Air 48 49 48
M142 HIMARS 69 69 93. Critical Disable
Transport Helicopter 78 78 78
Attack Boat 48 52 48


Trivia Edit

  • APFSDS-T shells in Battlefield 3 bypass reactive armor and can destroy a tank in 5 shots from behind.
  • Its low rate of fire synchronizes very well with reload time of standard HE shells, allowing the driver to fire 18 shots almost nonstop.
  • Compared to HE shells, APFSDS-T shells have pinpoint accuracy. When combined with zoom optics, it turns the IFV into a very powerful sniper rifle.           
  • The APFSDS-T Shell can blind the target thus, disabling the targets ability to fire back unless in close range.

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