CauldronBorn, on 27 July 2014 - 05:22 PM, said:
The Chieftain sent me the follwing message which I want to share here:
"I can't post (I don't play on EU server), but to respond to your statement, the Abrams does not have a loader's position. It does have, however, an EL Uncouple (elevation uncouple switch) on the loader's panel. Tripping this switch freezes the gun in position relative to the turret (but does not affect the ability of the gunner to move the sight). Thus, if the tank really is bouncing about, he can trip it and make the loading process easier. Has a few other advantages as well. For example, if you want to scan a crowd without looking threatening, max elevate the gun, trip EL Uncouple, and the gunner can look at people without particularly looking like he's doing it. If necessary, trip EL uncouple again, the gun drops down to align with the sight and enage immediately."
And I answered that this is kinda the same, except it doesn't work automaticially.
Well sort of :
. Purpose of the Zero Degree Elevation Switch.
(1). Senses when the main gun is at or below zero degrees.
(2). Safety device for loader; a part of elevation uncouple circuit.
(3). Main gun at or above zero degree - prevents power
(4). Main gun below zero degrees gun will move to zero
degrees when a palm switch is pressed, then gun cannot be elevated or depressed in
Also works in conjunction with the Azimuth Interference - Prevents damage from gun being too low
while traversing over the rear decks.
Switch is located on the turret roof to the right of the
breech. The bracket mounted on the main gun, activates the switch, with
gun below zero degrees. The switch deactivates with gun above zero
Loader's panel switch set to EL UNCPL.
Main gun safety switch open, (Safe/Arm
handle down, safe) main gun will not elevate or depress in power mode.
(1). Loaders panel GTD switch set to elevation
(2). Main gun safety switch open (SAFE) when
palm switch is pressed, main gun will elevate until zero degree elevation switch
opens, then stops.
(3). Gun can no longer be elevated/depressed
in power mode.
While in NORMAL MODE the gun is slaved to the sight
in the GPS. It means that the gun follows the movement of the sight reticle. During
elevation uncouple mode, the gun is prevented from following the sight reticle until it
is taken out of elevation uncouple mode, at which time the gun moves immediately to
match the position of the sight. Thus, the elevation uncouple with the G/T drive in
normal mode enables the loader to safely load the main and coaxial guns, at the
same time, the gunner can maintain the proper sight picture on target.
If main gun safety switch is closed, (ARMED) EL
UNCPL circuit will not work, and the fire control mode returns to normal.
Edited by The_Challenger, 10 August 2014 - 02:00 PM.