As someone else mentioned, sorry I forgot where or who, HE rounds (HEAT), are shaped charges--sometimes multi-staged shaped charges. HEAT is great against an IFV, like a BMP, or a BTR. It's not the correct tool against soft targets, even if it does work in a pinch.
Actually HE isn't HEAT. HE stands for High Explosive and in a shell relying on fragmentation and shock and blast effects to inflict personal casualties.
Ok, next time I will mention HEAT instead---especially when mentioning something that someone else wrote somewhere else.
And to add to your point, HE does mean high explosive, but not necessarily fragmentation. There are all kinds of rounds of many sizes that use "HE" in the name (as opposed to AP), but have other qualities.
My favorite is HEI-T, among many favorites. In auto-cannons, a very fun round to use. You might not know all the effects of explosives and how they kill people, but fragmentation isn't required. Fragmentation is nice to have in area of effect. It produces more casualties relative to its costs.
As a rule of thumb, HE in the name only implies chemical explosive--not exclusively fragmentation--and AP implies kinetic projectile. However, you can mix and match to good effect.
A designer needs to purpose build a round for good fragmentation effects. Maybe you missed that part in the previous post.
Finally, I'll add this for all the logistics lovers. As a national military, en masse, you want your ammunition stocks to run like any good retailer. You want to keep enough on the shelf to give customers meaningful choices, but not so many that they kill your supply chain. Everyone doesn't get match-grade or hand produced rifle ammunition (but some do).
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