Singha wrote:so their autoloaders load the shell and then the charge ? sounds slow.
this CG shows the shell going in first and then another machinery pulls out the base of the charge , throws it away and rams in a fresh charge....pathetic. the magazine looks like two layers - top layer has charge, bottom has shell...and both get loaded as a pair.
leopard2 types feed in this huge long thing...no wonder western/israeli/indian guns with manual loading are superior https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqkyPPx5MtM
note the protective door for the wine rack of shells. it will divert any explosion upward.
One the biggest challenges of the T-90 design is the auto-loader limited length of the ammunition.
Because of the primacy on keeping the tank compact, the ammunition was split into two components. However, this split in ammunition means that main round - the Sabot (Or main rod which hits the enemy tank) - can be of only a certain length. Considering that game in KE tank rounds is that of achieving high Length/Diameter Ratio (L/D ratio), Russian KE ammunition has a upper ceiling. Unless, they can continue to find denser and denser material.
Compared to this, western KE rounds have continued to increase in length.
Sample this range of western KE rounds with increasing length of main sabot:
Comparison between Russian and western rounds. Pic 1 is that of Russian soldier loading the propellant part of two-part ammunition while second is that of a complete western KE round.