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Difference between Tank and Howitzer

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Hello aspirants,

One of my friends was recently asked in an SSB interview that what is the difference between a howitzer and a tank? I am sure most of you guys know the answer, but this post is mainly for those who don’t have a clue about the topic. In this article, I will discuss both one by one in points for easy understanding. So, let's begin

  1. What is a howitzer?
  • Howitzers and self-propelled guns are both artillery, that is, they shoot upwards, and usually cannot visually see their targets (no line of sight).
  • They aim by using maps, compass, GPS and reports on the enemy whereabouts.
  • Since this kind of guns shoot far and don't require line of sight, they are usually placed on the battlefield behind the front lines
  • The range of a howitzer is comparatively more than the tank and is useful for destroying target situated at far away terrain.
  • One of the significant benefits of a Howitzer is that it is light and can be airlifted and carried to a higher altitude. A howitzer weights approx. 4200 kg and is much lighter compared to tanks.
  • Some of the vital howitzers with the Indian armed forces are M-777, Dhanush howitzer, M-46, D-30.

 

  1. What is a tank and how it is different from howitzer?
  • Tanks shoot in an almost straight line, i.e. it must have its target in its line of sight. (in LOS)
  • In-tank battle both sides commonly see each other.
  • Tanks are placed in front during the war and fires to the target parallel to the ground.
  • The range of tank is comparatively short
  • The tank is heavy and cannot be airlifted and weighs about 62000 kg.
  • Some of the heavy tanks with Indian armed forces are T-90, T-72, Arjun.

 

This post will surely add to your knowledge. Stay connected with DDE for more.

JAI HIND

 

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