Tank vs Howitzer
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
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.
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.
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Thanks for the quick lesson, a bit of a plane buff, unfortunately rather ignorant about field warfare. Help appreciated!