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  1. https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/landwarfareintl/russia-delays-kurganets-25-production/ Think the delay til 2021 was bad? It's getting worse. They're saying they need to fix more issues and that the BMP-3 is still a new platform. Not only that but the Russian MoD seems to be stuck in the past by saying the Kurganets-25 are too big. If you can't read it because it requires subscription, just create an email here: https://emailfake.com/7.fackme.gq/mer.mos
  2. IMI debuts C-Lynx system which is a light version of the truck-based Lynx. The C-Lynx can mount 8 tubes of 122mm Accular rockets, which are downsized variants of the 160mm Accular designed for the Lynx. Dubbed Accular 12, they maintain a slightly lower range of 35km and an accuracy of 10m CEP, as they are GPS guided. Primary role for the C-Lynx would be pocket artillery for airborne special forces who at the moment can only transport various mortars via air-drops or sling.
  3. ARV based on the Singaporean Bionix, but with some significant improvements: https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/landwarfareintl/singapore-shows-new-arv-and-leopard-sights/ As a bonus; the sights on the Leopard 2SG are being replaced by those made by ST Electronics.
  4. They have made it futuristic-looking, but is a non-existing driver's visibility really worth the effort to make it good looking?
  5. Forgot to add the summarized bit on the ATMOS (howitzer): (copied from blog) 1)The new howitzer will have autonomous engagement as well as fully autonomous loading. A crew of just 1 person is required, as loaders and gunners aren't necessary. The turret will remain entirely unmanned.2)Crew of 3 or up to 6 may be kept nonetheless if the IDF deems it more appropriate.3)Each gun will be an independent fire unit rather than each battery. Fire could be directed via a remote Fire Control Center.4)Testing will continue until the end of summer 2017.5)Yet unknown whether it will be mounted on wheeled or tracked chassis. They say it won't affect the vehicle's firepower.6)A new precision fire fuze has been integrated to allow cannon artillery a cheap precision fire capability. This would add up to 3 different arrays within the artillery corps to have precision fire capabilities. The fuze is made by IAI and dubbed "TopGun".7)An artificial 8RPM limitation is in place as per requirements, but can be removed if there is sufficient ammunition.8)The vehicle's computers will be able to select the appropriate shell, fuze, and charge (modular charges) according to the mission without any human input.
  6. The exhaust might be stretched to the back to lower thermal signature, or directed at the ground and is hidden behind the side skirts. Maybe that's where it begins, and maybe the UFP will also act as additional roof armor against top attack missiles that always come down at an angle. To be fair, I have no idea what these pairs of squares (on CEV, recon, and laser AD vehicles) on the front are.
  7. General characteristics for the Carmel vehicle: -Halving the weight relative to current vehicles. The goal is 35 tons without compromising protection. A lighter platform will better navigate inside tight urban areas. -Automatic identification, jamming, and destruction capability for every direct threat on a tank (except kinetic). -Increased protection, and significant reduction in the vehicle's signature (visual, thermal, noise etc). -Real time communication between all surrounding vehicles and units, and ad-hoc communication network for sharing targets. -More advanced weaponry and ammunition than those currently existing. Hinted non-conventional guns. -Advanced materials and transparent armor. -Hybrid drive, smart energy management systems. -Universal platform. -Cyber protection for the communication and computerized systems inside the vehicle. -Protected crew capsule with 3-person capacity. -2 man crew. Third being a platoon or company commander with equipment to control unmanned assets. -Dual controls for all crewmen to allow replacement of a crewman without leaving one's station. -Medium caliber armament of unspecified type. Likely above 30mm and around 40-60mm.
  8. Periscopes, and they're backup for when the HMDS fails. Because the Carmel in its main version is meant to be better optimized for urban warfare, which is increasingly getting dominant by the day, it needs a wider view angle. But I think they'll just ditch the periscopes and keep the vehicle's top sealed to maintain a high level of top protection. The engine will be up-front as far as I understand. The turret will supposedly be above the crew capsule (3-man capsule but crew of 2). The exhausts should be at the front. It will be smaller than a Merkava 4 for sure, but not cramped. Its crew capsule will actually be very spacious, with a room for 1 extra person. I believe the angle is just off, because it's a computer simulation. So scaling might be half-assed. Hatches don't exist on this vehicle because it's believed that hatches prevent consistency of the armor, and will be a weakspot. So crew exit and entrance will be from the rear, I assume. I just don't know why they haven't drawn a door on it. Probably just a mistake.
  9. At least from Israel's perspective, there are 2 main reasons not to strike ISIS inside Syria (Egypt is a different case. Occasional drone strikes with approval): 1)No intervention policy. Even when Israel strikes Hezbollah in Syria, it does so to harm Hezbollah's operational capabilities inside Lebanon. 2)ISIS has already lost significant territory without Israeli intervention, so given enough time it will go away without Israel breaking a sweat. The armored battalion does not pose a threat to Israel. If used against Israel, it would be a very easy target that will be among the weaponry destroyed in the first or second waves. They will have little to no effect against Israel. But there is no indication that it will move to Lebanon for a war with Israel. It will likely deplete before the Syrian war ends. Personally, I dont see how these airstrikes hurt the SAA/NDF. None of their personnel is killed during the attacks, neither are Hezbollah personnel killed, to not provoke an attack. And the destroyed arms are destined for Hezbollah in Lebanon either way. Israel does not destroy arms transfers for the Syrian branch of Hezbollah due to non intervention policy and other reasons.
  10. http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/29665 Carmel technology demonstrator first illustration. Feasibility tests to begin in 2019, and operational in 2027.
  11. So Hamas and Hezbollah are not terrorist groups? And Israel has attacked ISIS on numerous occasions. Not only in Syria but also in Egypt, Gaza, and the West Bank. It's just that Israel doesn't want to provoke a confrontation with ISIS, because that would mean more terrorist attacks inside Israel, and less attention to the actual enemies. ISIS is not different than any of the hundreds of terrorist groups operating in Syria and around the world. They're just well known for using social media for their benefit. And if Israel waged war on every terrorist group in the world, well that would just be a stupid thing to do. Hezbollah and Hamas are the primary targets, and the strikes in Syria are aimed at hurting Hezbollah.
  12. Why would these be disconnected? Once the information has been transferred, the entire world might as well know the information (though we were just hinted as to what it might be, not the details the Russians got) because the one country that shouldn't have acquired that information, just did. For all I care they can reveal the entire conversation, but the damage was done. Russia is closely allied with Iran, Israel's #1 enemy. And these can "reverse engineer" the intel to try and figure out the sources and how they are working. Or maybe I misunderstood you?
  13. You do know what happens if Israel stops delivering intel to the US, right? The Mossad+ISA-CIA+NSA are very well connected to the point where information practically flows in an almost uncontrolled way. Unless you don't mind the occasional terrorist attacks, keeping a steady flow of intel between the two countries is the best choice.
  14. So now after Trump gave away intel provided by Israel, which may have put numerous operatives in jeopardy, a certain (European) country is now threatening to cease intel sharing with the US. Interesting. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-classified-intelligence-information-leak-european-country-stop-sharing-threat-a7738846.html
  15. Quite a lot of information is being released lately about numerous Israeli AFV projects, mainly the Merkava. Instead of cluttering this thread like I did in AW forums, I've decided to just link the article here: http://zuk-armor-il.blogspot.co.il/2017/05/may-update-barak-mbt-and-atmos-sph.html More info coming in (already linked in my blog post): http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/29642 http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/29614 http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/29649