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  2. AFV Engines

    Either a Patton or Abrams. It's worth noting that the article was written AFTER the comparative trials between the M1A1 and Merkava 3, where both were tested in the north, where there is a nice range of terrain types - deep mud, hard soil, bazalt boulders, and all kinds of slopes. It's a perfect place to test an AFV for mobility in real conditions, and all IDF AFVs are built to cope with the northern terrain of the Golan area. During those trials they concluded that the Abrams could only drive in certain routes - i.e avoid the bazalt fields, to avoid extensive damage and injuries, whereas a Merkava 3 tank could drive in relative safety in all areas of the Golan. That's why when officials compare the mobility of the two, they say it's comparable to that of the Abrams, because they are familiar with it. They know how it handles in the Merkava's playfield. And you do touch a very important subject here. During Yehiam Herpez's last interview (he basically developed all the suspension types in MANTAK for a while, including the Mark 3's which was the most revolutionary of the series, and even a torsion bar suspension for a light tank), he said that while Merkava tanks are equipped with towing gear to rescue immobilized tanks, their engines don't actually allow it, therefore they use D9 for this. Hopefully that will change with the Barak, as it's supposed to get a new powerpack.
  3. I don't know what this whole fiasco is about, because I followed none of it, but I really appreciate the fact that you made a very detailed, documented, and easy to read post on the subject.
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  5. Israeli AFVs

  6. Collimatrix's Terrible Music Thread

    I just discovered this and it is amazing: They take bad songs and jazz them up until they are good. Or, in some cases, jazz them up until they are merely tolerable:
  7. About Waffentrager’s “Type 5 gun tank” post

    We need a crushing victory icon, with some cool Mortal Combat spine and hearts being ripped out for this thread!
  8. General news thread

    tl:dw the armchair experts think the support strut sticking out of the concrete there was damaged while the bridge was being swung into place, and wouldn't come up to proper tension leading to it being over tensioned and blowing out
  9. I know right?
  10. Documents Repository: Small Arms

    Rapid Fire-The developement of Automatic Canon, Heavy Machine Gun......
  11. this is fucking LIT!
  12. Books About Tanks

    Oh man, I had not seen that before. Here is the link. http://www.amps-armor.org/SiteReviews/ShowReview.aspx?ID=4114
  13. Terror Attacks and Active Shooter Events Thread

    End result, two dead, suspect in custody, weapon recovered.....No doubt the papers will have a lot more later: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/17/man-arrested-two-women-shot-dead-st-leonards
  14. Books About Tanks

    No, the best they can come up with a Stuart. Very sad.
  15. Egregious Aviation Safety Violations

    Can't watch that, it will no doubt put me in a shitty mood for the rest of the day.....I've commented in the past that I'd like to get 'Leave Me The **** Alone!' jackets printed for my own dogs.
  16. General news thread

    I'm guessing it lost power and the safeties failed, so it literally 'rolled-back'?
  17. Art Appreciation Thread

    How about the skin of an unbeliever, nailed to the door of your Cathedral: We have some quaint habits in these parts.
  18. Good, they have disgustingly good retirement benefits. FUck that hipster looking Hillary lawdork.
  19. Books About Tanks

    Man, That AMPS review of Djons book warms my heard.
  20. "Pigs" Have A Hard Job

    I wanna fight some 'Ethletes'.
  21. Books About Tanks

    Is there a Sherman in it? lol
  22. United States Gun Control Megathread

    My wife caught a story recently. This is the sort of thing that happens on a nearly daily basis, but will never make the news. http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/06/30/concealed-carrier-shuts-down-active-shooter-lyman-south-carolina-nightclub Concealed Carrier Shuts Down Active Shooter at SC Nightclub Jun 30, 2016 // 6:23pm A concealed carrier is being credited with preventing further violence at a South Carolina nightclub. Spartanburg County deputies say 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson got into an argument outside Playoffz nightclub in Lyman early Sunday morning. He then opened fire into the nearby crowd, wounding three people. A man fired back at Thompson in self-defense, striking him in the leg. Deputies say the hero had a valid concealed weapons permit and will not be facing charges. None of the injuries were said to be life-threatening. Thompson was charged with four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. The NRA chastised the media for not reporting on the incident. Gun advocate Eden Rose wrote on Facebook, "It's almost like.. having a concealed carrier on the spot can stop active shooters."
  23. In the action movies, the expendable partner always get rubbed out two days before retirement.
  24. Books About Tanks

    I have no idea, but since I found it online for like a dollar, I had to buy it. Its terrible. The girls and the tanks both look pretty embarrassed to be involved with it.
  25. Books About Tanks

    Man, who was the target audiance for that book lol!
  26. General news thread

    I wouldn't figure those things should be able to go that fast at all.
  27. There are rumors now, that he may be willing to rat out the others since they let him go down. I don't want to get my hopes up, but I didn't think they would actually can this dickhead either, so maybe it could take place.
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