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British Crusader tank passes a burning German Pzkw Mk IV tank during Operation Crusader

A Catastrophic kill, K-Kill or complete kill refers to damage inflicted on a vehicle by a weapon that renders it both unusable and unrepairable whereas a "knocked out" vehicle is completely inoperable but not beyond repair. Typically a catastrophic kill results in the ignition of any fuel the vehicle may be carrying as well as the detonation of its ammunition resulting in an explosion. A catastrophic kill does not preclude the survival of the vehicle's crew, for example the crew of an aircraft might bail out or eject.

This type of kill is associated with the Jack-in-the-Box Effect, where a tank's turret is blown skyward due to the overpressure of an ammunition explosion.

  • Mobility kill - A mobility kill (or M-kill) in armoured warfare refers to a weapon or vehicle that is immobilized, or the act of immobilizing such a target. Typically this term is used to refer to tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles that have their engines, tracks, or running gear damaged. Because of the mobile nature of modern warfare, such a vehicle is often effectively useless on the battlefield, but it may be salvaged, or repaired and brought back into action quickly.

It is claimed that the Wehrmacht lost more panzers as mobility kills from running out of fuel than of any other cause in World War II.

  • Firepower kill - A Firepower kill or (F-kill) refers to damage inflicted by a weapon on a vehicle that destroys its weapon systems, or substantially reduces its ability to deliver weapons accurately.

Typically this term is used to refer to tanks and other armoured vehicles that have their guns or missile system damaged. Many modern tanks feature ammunition compartments designed to fail safely under fire rather than result in a catastrophic kill—when damaged, vents open to channel ignited propellants and explosives away from the crew cabin.[1] The firepower-killed tank can then return to a maintenance center with its crew intact

  • Mission kill - A mission kill is the result of an attack or damage inflicted by a weapon that does not destroy a military vehicle but results in it taking no further part in its intended mission.

Example: A ground attack aircraft attacked by a fighter aircraft or surface to air missile might jettison its bombs in order to get away—even though it escapes it is unable to complete its original mission, and has thus suffered a mission kill.


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