The Uncle Tom is a British airborne rocket.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|51.25 kg TNTeq
|Angle of attack
A direct hit will destroy any tank or light pillbox, as each rocket carries more than 50 kg of TNT.
Comparison with analogues
- Tiny Tim rocket - The Uncle Tom rockets are a bit less powerful than the American Tiny Tims, with 10 kg less TNT. They also weigh less than Tiny Tims (467 vs 534 kg) but fly slower at 204 m/s (vs 274 m/s for Tiny Tims).
- Red Angel rocket - Having a similar weight (478 kg), the British Red Angel has around 10 kg less TNT than the Uncle Tom rocket. It flies almost twice faster at 390 m/s and can penetrate up to 168 mm armour.
Usage in battles
Uncle Tom rockets are fired one at a time, and not in pairs like smaller rockets. They are, in practice, not very different from Air-to-ground guided missiles found in high tier vehicles when fired without guidance, and can be used as such against lightly armoured targets with ease. However, they are a bit difficult to aim, and may be challenging to use effectively against heavy and even many medium tanks. When scoring a direct hit, though, these rockets are very rewarding. They are veritable bombs that can be aimed. A hit in the general proximity of an SPAA will destroy the ground vehicle due to overpressure and splash damage.
Pros and cons
- Large explosive warhead
- The heavy weight impacts the flight performance of the carrier and limits the number of carried rockets
- The flight speed is slow
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