Military language is full of abbreviations, near-abbreviations, and acronyms. The word “Steal” for instance, comes from the military acronym for “Supplies Taken in Excess of Authorised Listing”.

To assist you on your travels through Tanks Encyclopedia, we have formulated this categorised alphabetical list:

Ammunitions


AP Armor-Piercing
AP-I Armor-Piercing, Incendiery
AP-T Armor-Piercing, Tracer
APBC Armor-Piercing Ballistic Capped
APC Armor-Piercing Capped
APCBC Armor-Piercing Capped Ballistic Capped
APCR Armor-Piercing Composite Ridgid
APCNR Armor-Piercing Composite Non-Ridgid
APDS Armor-Piercing Discarding Sabot
APFSDS Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding-Sabot Round
APHE Armor-Piercing High-Explosive
ATGM Anti-Tank Guided Missiles
HE High-Explosive
HEP High-Explosive, Plastic (American designation for HESH)
HESH High-Explosive Squash-Head
HEAT High Explosive Anti-Tank
HEAT-FS High-Explosive Anti-Tank Fin-Stabilised
HVAP High-Velocity Armor-Piercing
KEP Kenetic Energy Penetrator
SAPHE Semi-Armor-Piercing High-Explosive
WP White Phosphorus

Vehicle Designatiions

AFV Armored Fighting Vehicle
APC Armored Personal Carrier
ARV Armored Recovery Vehicle
ASV Armored Security Vehicle
AVLB Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge
BARV Beach Armored Recovery Vehicle
CEV Combat Engineering Vehicle
IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle
SPAAG Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun
SP Self-Propelled
SPG Self-Propelled Gun
SPH Self-Propelled Howitzer
TME Tactical Missile Erector
TEL Transporter Erector Launcher (missile)

Other

Cdr Commander
ERA Explosive Reactive Armor
FCS Fire Control System
ft Feet
HMG Heavy Machine-gun
hp Horsepower
IFF Identification Friend or Foe
gas Gasoline (engine)
kph Kilometers per hour
kw Kilowatts
LR Laser Rangefinder
m Meter(s)
mm Millimeters
mph Miles per hour
MG Machine-gun
p/w power-to-weight (engine ratio)
rf Rifled barrel (main gun)
RHA Rolled Homogeneous Armour
rpm Revolutions Per Minute (engine)
sb Smooth bore barrel (main gun)

Nations

GBR/UK Great Britain/United Kingdom
RoC Republic of China
PRC People’s Republic of China

National Armies

IJA Imperial Japanese Army
JSDF Japanese Self-Defense Force
PLA People’s Liberation Army (PRC)
SAA Syrian Arab Army (government forces)

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