Admiral Valdemar wrote:I believe most 30 mm autocanon rounds are DU, so that might explain it too. The point of contention here is the "uranium" in DU, nevermind that any heavy metal is inherently toxic.
Some do, but it’s irrelevant because in the entire IDF, you will not find one single infantry fighting vehicle with an autocannon! They simply do not use that type of vehicle, nor any other AFV with that sort of armament, unless you want to count some obsolete self propelled anti aircraft guns which are not going to use DU shells either. The IDF is a force of tanks with big guns, and APCs with nothing heavier then .50cal. They don’t doctrinally accept the IFV concept, and they can’t afford the things anyway. The guns on Apache and Cobra gunships don’t use DU either. They do have some autocannon on patrol boats, I cannot think of a rational reason why patrol boats would ever be armed with kinetic ammo.
It’s possible a handful of DU shells have been fired off by tank crews by mistake, HEAT would crack any bunker or building Hamas could build, but that’s the end of it. This is just politically motivated bullshit from idiots. If they had any sense they’d point out with so much fighting in Gaza over the last 40 years the area likely has significantly elevated levels of lead
in the ground and ground water, which may well be sufficient to cause health problems. Easily hundreds of tons of lead bullets have built up in the place, and while large chunks of lead matter little, every time a bullet strikes something it makes dust.
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