8 thoughts on “Russian Navy engages Pirate Ship”

  1. Ivan don’t fuck around.

    Side note: I wonder what kind of ammo they were using. Those holes are pretty decent size, and there were some nice shiny light-shows, but there’s really no visible structural damage. Even a 76mm gun has a pretty good bursting charge in it … I’d expect a lot more mangled metal topside …

  2. It sounds as if the Russian idea of “we let them go” means over the side 2o miles out. This Merchant Mariner is fine with that.

  3. Long drop, with a sudden stop. I’m good with ‘Splodey as well.

    Rusty, like you I’m curious. Plenty of holes, but no real apparent structural damage. From some of the fireworks in the clip, I would expect to see far more damage than we see at the end.

  4. I suspect that much of what we are seeing in the video is pyrophoric effects of the impact of the round, as opposed to the detonation of a charge. Pyrophoric is the propensity of metal to ignite, or cause a sparking effect from friction, and no HE is required. For example, when a sabot round (which is an inert depleted uranium round that does nothing but travel fast and impart huge amounts of kinetic energy) hits a steel object like a T72, it causes a brief flash of sparks (just before the whole thing blows up…). This is the pryophoric effect and is not related to explosives.

    1. I gotta disagree. Pretty sure that isn’t the pyrophorric effect (and I saw probably 100 DU SABOT rounds hit armor back in my time). But for all that, a 76mm round isn’t all that and a bag of chips. I think that was probably 76mm, but was thinking it might have been something smaller. But I’m not familiar with the Russians using anything smaller except 30mm CIWS, which have a much, much higher rate of fire.

  5. Then what is sparking? I’m going with the flash is a small charge exploding (it resembles .50 cal API on steroids or 25mm) and the spectacular effect is pyrophoric. 76mm is a low-pressure system and i don’t think it would have that flat trajectory.

    1. I think there’s SOME pyrophorric effect.

      But the 76mm gun on Russian ships ins’t a a low velocity gun. It’s a regular high velocity gun (primarily of anti-aircraft use), and at that short range, of only a couple hundred meters, it would have a relatively flat trajectory.

      But it does seem to be awfully small for a 76mm bursting charge.

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