Why do tanks have that upside down or sideways "V"

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May 25th, 2005   #1
sinkhole
 

Why do tanks have that upside down or sideways "V" info


Just wondering, I see it on Abrams and Challengers and I want to know what it means.
 
May 25th, 2005   #2
chewie_nz
 
it means allied or coalition forces,


just another form of ID for air forces

<insert pointed jab at US air force target recognition>
 
May 25th, 2005   #3
hicks
 
I believe it started during Desert Storm because so many countries were there with us.

We actually have one HMMWV in our motor pool that still hasn't been repainted from Desert Storm and has the mark.



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May 25th, 2005   #4
sinkhole
 
Then why does it change direction? I've seen it pointing all 4 ways.
 
May 25th, 2005   #5
hicks
 
Couldn't tell you why the change directions, but maybe the main countries designate themselves with a certain direction.
 
May 25th, 2005   #6
sinkhole
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by hicks
Couldn't tell you why the change directions, but maybe the main countries designate themselves with a certain direction.
I don't think that's the reason. I've seen it pointing both left and right on the Challengers II, and in all directions on the Abrams.
 
May 25th, 2005   #7
hicks
 
Then it doesn't matter which direction it's facing, they are coalition forces.

More than likely, they just gave each unit a stencil and said, here, paint this on the side of your vehicles.

And thus you end up with it facing different direction.

Regardless of how much you want to dig into this, the answer has been provided.
 
June 2nd, 2005   #8
rocco
 
different divisions i think


Champayne for our real friends
real pain for our sham friends
 
June 2nd, 2005   #9
KC72
 
 
it`s also highly visible through night vision, its basically a recognition marking.


 
June 2nd, 2005   #10
03USMC
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by chewie_nz
it means allied or coalition forces,


just another form of ID for air forces

<insert pointed jab at US air force target recognition>

Heck chewie ya got get close enough to the deck to see the target, before target recognition becomes a factor. Angels 15 ain't low enough. :P


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