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  1. 11 points
    AAV-P7A1 CATFAE (Catapult launched Fuel Air Explosives). Troop carrying capabilities were exchanged for 21 fuel-air ordnance launchers for the purpose of clearing minefields and other obstacles during an amphibious assault.
  2. 8 points
    Laviduce

    French flair

    AMX Leclerc Series 1 Special Armor distribution in the hull and turret (not including the spaced heavy side skirts). Once the model is complete i will use it to do some vulnerability modelling along the lines the data presented in the Swedish Tank Trial diagrams:
  3. 8 points
    Here comes more T-64 stuff. Seems the Kharkov factory, 1972. I don't own any of this material. Enjoy.
  4. 7 points
    Hey all! T___A here, You may, or may not be acquainted with me. In case you don't I mostly post in the Soviet Tank thread here in MW. I do read most of the content on the rest forum however. To be frank with you all: I have been disappointed with the quality of this forum. So has @Sturgeon. So our glorious leader in a fit of drunken anger has appointed me the Reich Plenipotentiary for the Administration of the Four Plan of the Final Solution of the shitpoasting question. Seriously: Dumbass slap fighting in the wrong thread will no longer be tolerated Neither will anime avatars. This is a rule that not even OG Alter Kämpfers are exempt from. You know who you are and I will be sending a PM to you. As always SH's most important rule applies: referte avt morimini In video form:
  5. 7 points
    Hello, just a long time SH lurker. Source: internet. T-64As, 120 BTRZ Kirchmoser, Brandenburg, DDR. Unknown year.
  6. 6 points
    Stefan Kotsch has published the following excerpts from East-German documents regarding the reliability of the T-72 on Tank-Net.
  7. 6 points
    SH_MM

    Britons are in trouble

  8. 6 points
    Some information on BMP-3 with Epokha from GurKhan. Epokha unmanned turret is planned to be installed on modernized BMP-3s, it is armed with low-energy 57 autocannon similar to LShO-57 (which is basically an oversized AGL) and 2 new ATGMs. When people heard name of new ATGM (Bulat) and looked at model of Epokha turret everybody thought that Bulat ATGMs were new small caliber missiles as big launchers on sides of unmanned turret were exactly same as Kornet launchers on Berezhok and other turrets for IFVs. But looks like we were wrong: Bulat is Kornet-sized ATGM with new guidance system (possibly 3rd gen F&F, i hope). It is possible to use Kornets in those launcher, so Bulats are not going to be exclusive type of ATGMs that Epokha can use. I suspect that during initial presentation those things will be armed with Kornets instead of new Bulats. Bulat ATGM 3D model shown during presentetion of Boomerang-BM unmanned turret, sometime before 2015 IIRC. So what are those smaller caliber missile launcher on Epokha turret roof? Picture from patent: Those things are our good old friend "guided bullet" concept, which was sort of known for years. Docs that were posted on otvaga: http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2496087 http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2512047 http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2496089 http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2538881 http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2527366 http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2569229 In container/launcher: http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2568823 http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2529256 http://www.fips.ru/cdfi/fips.dll/ru?ty=29&docid=2535119 LShO-57/AGS-57:
  9. 5 points
    EnsignExpendable

    Scale Models Megathread

    Finally, the Mark V is finished, photographed, and on my shelf. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with this project. Rest of photos
  10. 5 points
    Belesarius

    The Shipwreck News Thread

    Oh wow. This is a fucking cool shot from above the wreck of the Hornet. Note how intact the wreck is, with the island largely intact. Some of the stern is missing, or crumpled in the sonar shadow. But man, for a ship that took such a beating she looks largely intact. @Collimatrix, @A. T. Mahan,
  11. 5 points
    Alzoc

    French flair

    ELC EVEN There are quite a few different turret: Twin 30 mm: Smoothbore 90mm: Recoiless 120 mm: SS-11 and/or SS-12: They were the entry in competition with the AMX design for the ELC project:
  12. 5 points
  13. 4 points
    LoooSeR

    Israeli AFVs

    Random pics.
  14. 4 points
    Object 770 (mock up, to be precise)
  15. 4 points
    When Purges are starting? I need to hide all those capitalist-made goods somewhere.
  16. 4 points
    LoooSeR

    Israeli AFVs

  17. 4 points
  18. 4 points
    Sovngard

    Tanks guns and ammunition.

    British L27 CHARM 3 APFSDS
  19. 4 points
    DOT&E report for 2018 published. Abrams: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/army/2018m1a2sep.pdf APS: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/army/2018aps.pdf AMPV: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/army/2018ampv.pdf Bradley: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/army/2018bradley.pdf JAB: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/army/2018jab.pdf M109A7: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/army/2018m109pim.pdf Stryker - Dragoon: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/army/2018strykericvd.pdf RWS-J: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/army/2018strykercrowsj.pdf ACV: http://www.dote.osd.mil/pub/reports/FY2018/pdf/navy/2018acv.pdf
  20. 4 points
    The 3/5s rule was designed to LIMIT the power of the Southern slave states.
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
    My photos from parade of AFVs. Several were edited, and also number of them have problems with "horizon", thanks to crowd and no space to move around. Oh, one more thing - this is all original content do not steal. Thats why i put my easy-to-edit-out discord nickname on them. Main action was happening on Dvortsovaya square/Palace square where access was blocked for mortals and only profession photographers from big medias could get in so a lot of vics were photographed during exit from square.
  23. 4 points
    I think the reason he called a time out was because it was becoming less about the wall and more about the government not doing what they are supposed to do. It's hard to claim we need a wall for national security when border agents and airport security are not getting paid. Trump was forced between a rock and a hard place, having to decide whether to reopen the government and give a bit on his wall demands, or hold firm on his wall and continue the shutdown. Pundits like Coulter can sit on the sidelines and criticize all they want, but they don't have to deal with the responsibility of actually making hard decisions. The older I get, the more I appreciate how difficult making decisions can be, and how much easier it is to criticize than it is to take responsibility.
  24. 4 points
  25. 3 points
    https://spacenews.com/final-fiscal-year-2019-budget-bill-secures-21-5-billion-for-nasa/ Hype for potential of NERVA returning (plus probably some Timberwind DNA)
  26. 3 points
    HIFV based on VT-4 chassis
  27. 3 points
    Handguards. The palm swell makes the AKM much easier to hold when you are sweaty and trying to stay on target: Sights. AKM 1000m, Type 3 800m. I don't know why this is. Sling attachment points. Receiver and gas block on type 3, stock and handguard retainer on AKM: Gas venting holes on Type 3 drilled into tube. Vent holes on AKM cast into actual block. Dust covers: thin and reinforced with ribbing vs. thick and smooth. Type 3 thickness: AKM Thickness: Barrel thickness of Type 3 (near breech first, then near the end) Barrel thickness of AKM (again, breech then near end) So in my opinion the AKM is leagues better. It's lighter, easier to handle, more svelte, you can hold the damn thing, the stock's drop is more pleasant, bayo slips right on, and in go fast they had a rate reducer/hammer retarder. Is the Type 3 marginally more accurate? Probably, but not enough to offset the advantages of the AKM when it came to production and fielding the damn thing. A few notes though: A proper Type 3 would have a screwed in barrel, not a pinned one. Also the Type 3 rifles were in fact blued like this one, whereas the AKMs were paint over park. So next I'd like to do the Type 56 because it is a straight up bizarre combination of the Type 3, RPK, and AKM. It's easy to write off the stamped Chinese guns as AKMs but they are more Type 3 (and interestingly save very little weight over a milled gun). 1.6mm receiver, RPK rivet pattern, Type 3 stock drop and furniture, Type 3 barrel profile. Really just weird hybrids but damn are they stout little bastards.
  28. 3 points
    OMFV draft RFP https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=723b90181e2db554750b7e50dbda7a30&tab=core&_cview=1
  29. 3 points
    @SH_MM @Serge @DarkLabor @Scav Move this discussion to appropriate place as all this is going way offtopic and have completely nothing to do with PLA AFVs. And you have 3 threads to choose from for this, hehe: http://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/1576-french-flair/?page=7 http://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/1527-the-leopard-2-thread/?page=22 http://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/8-the-swedish-afv-thread-not-just-strv-103s/?page=7
  30. 3 points
    https://zen.yandex.ru/media/gurkhan/ukrainskii-prototip-russkoi-derivaciipvo-5c59c254ef4dc600add5bb8b BTR-80 with 57 mm autocannon in rather crude turret, 1998, by Kiev artillery design bureau.
  31. 3 points
    Another interesting dump of firearm photos on imgur, mostly of prototype automatic weapons in the Royal Armories Collection. Here are some of the more interesting ones:
  32. 3 points
    David Moyes

    General AFV Thread

    Danish Piranha V:
  33. 3 points
  34. 3 points
    if G12WT1412 is Г12ВТ1412, then it's serial number of soviet made T-72, made in december 1977 on Uralvagonzavod
  35. 3 points
    SH_MM

    Polish Armoured Vehicles

    KMW has research different types of special armor for a while, but they have not developed their own solutions and never fielded anything, because that would require a lot of ressources that the company is not interested in investing. Given that Germany (and LEOBEN) are deciding what will be adopted to the Leopard 2, there wasn't much of a incentive to develop optional armor modules; before the Leopard 2 PSO, all Leopard 2 users just bought variants of the Leopard 2 developed for Germany and nobody bothered to purchase different armor kits. KMW seems to have(nearly) shut down all research at some point of time, resulting in a loss of experienced personnel. Dr. Gerd Keller, who funded GEKE Schutztechnik, worked for some time for Krauss-Maffei. The Leopard 2 PSO armor package might be an own development by KMW, but I couldn't find any source to confirm this. It was developed as a private venture (thus Germany didn't dictate what parts to use), but at the first few times the Leopard 2 PSO prototype was showcased, the armor modules were just mock-ups. KMW as a system integrator is not capable nor interested in developing every company on its own. Last year they invited more than 200 representatives from other companies (i.e. companies like Tencate, IBD, etc., which develop special armor) to discuss possible ways to reach STANAG 4569 level 6 armor protection and solutions against RPGs and IEDs. I am not the one "hotly favouring" any company, you exclaimed that the fact that KMW would provide its own special armor modules to certain tanks, this would mean the end to armor modules from other manufacturers. That is however not true. Sorry, but this protection isn't really special armor. The modules are designed and made by KMW, but they are hollow and meant to be filled with Schüttgut (bulk material like sand or gravel). The corrugated exterior shape is the result of KMW trying to keep the steel shell as light-weight as possible, while providing enough structural strength to support the weight of the Schüttgut. KMW did not patent any sort of filling material and the design is optimized for low costs, so it seems to be just a fancy kind of modern sandbag armor (unless KMW buys filling material such as SAAB's soft armor from other companies). The whole armor design is explained in the patent DE102016111285A1 "Panzerungselement zur Anordnung an einem Fahrzeug". This armor isn't optimized for protection against shaped charges, but (EFP-)IEDs. For protection against kinetic energy (medium caliber rounds, artillery fragments), Denmark has chosen to adopt another armor layer made by Scanfiber Composites A/S. Germany - demanding protection against RPGs - is using IBD Deisenroth's AMAP for the Bergepanzer 3 Büffel, while the AEV Dachs wasn't fitted with any add-on armor due to other vehicles being used in Afghanistan. The Leopard 2A4M CAN uses the armor kit developed for the Leopard 2 PSO and also been offered for the Leopard 2A7. The original Panzerschnellbrücke 2 prototypes kept the original hull armor of the Leopard 2A4 with C-technology or with D-technology (depending on prototype), but to deal with the increased weight of the Leopard 2A7(V), the latest prototypes have been based on the Leopard 2A4M CAN hull. This variant has an upgraded suspension and thus can deal with a larger weight. The add-on armor is identical to the Leopard 2A4M CAN's, but the last skirt armor module was removed to save weight. The series production model might loose the add-on armor modules.
  36. 3 points
    I'm just glad the shutdown is over. I think Trump overplayed his hand and realized it. This three week reprieve gives him a little breathing room and hopefully a decent compromise can be hammered out before we have another shutdown. The shut down was a risky move on Trump's part, but taking risks is part of his brand. Sometimes risks fail, I can't really blame him for that. He probably should have picked this fight a year ago when his own party still had control of congress. The weird thing is the venom coming from the right. Ann Coulter said "Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States." Everyone here knows I don't like Trump or his agenda, but I honestly would not characterize his leadership style as "wimp". Ann, calm down. Trump had a setback, it happens to Presidents all the time. I have no doubt that Trump will come up with a new plan to get his wall. He knows the importance of staying true to his base and to the issues that got him elected. Anyhow, we all know that the wimpiest president was James Buchanan.
  37. 3 points
    VPZ

    Israeli AFVs

  38. 3 points
    Can we all agree that while we don't know exactly what Roger Stone did to warrant arrest by the FBI, he most certainly is guilty of crimes against fashion?
  39. 3 points
  40. 3 points
    LoooSeR

    General AFV Thread

    Iraqi federal police toys: Turkish APCs based on M24 Chaffe chassis.
  41. 3 points
    Mighty_Zuk

    Israeli AFVs

    Magachon, based on M60 chassis. Reportedly, it was decided not to put it into service because the Centurion and T-55 were seen as much more suitable for such a conversion. Exactly what made the M60 unsuitable, I'm not sure. I am guessing it might be because of the size of the powerpack.
  42. 3 points
    Laviduce

    Britons are in trouble

  43. 3 points
    SH_MM

    Britons are in trouble

    I might not be able to do that, but Rheinmetall just did that. During upgrade and rebuilding processes, turrets of Abrams and Leopard 2 MBTs have been completely stripped down, meaning all internal and external components have been removed. There is no reason why this should be impossible with the Challenger 2. The rest is a bit of engineering work that any medium-sized military vehicle integrator should be able to carry out. Technical documentation, specifications and blueprints were likely provided by the British military when the two Challenger 2 tanks were handed over to Rheinmetall (even if this didn't happen, they'd be able to do that by themselves). During the early stage of the Leopard 2 development, three different construction mechanisms were used to create the turret shells for the prototypes. There really isn't any magic required to move from a cast to a welded construction. As for the armor I can only point towards to Grant Turnbull's article, which mentioned this aspect: the Challenger 2 LEP is a program focused on obsolescence management. Replacing the gun or improving the armor protection isn't part of it and the figures released by Rheinmetall during its Capital Markets Day 2018 suggests that the company is banking on an increased budget for the gun replacement, so many changes to the armor aren't financially feasible. Most likely the statement from Turnbull's article is a reference to the changed in turret bustle protection and/or improved protection via using welded steel. A new armor package would require an extensive qualification program on side of the British MoD (risking delaying the whole program) and likely would have looked more similar to the other offers from Rheinmetall: Why would the gun mantlet and original turret front shape remain unaltered, when the steel citadel is replaced and a whole new armor package is added? I never said that. I posted a picture showcasing why it is not a brand new turret, you just added your own interpretations to it (at first "that guy considers everything obsolete that the guy marked" and now "that guy things everything is unaltered that is marked in the picture"). You notice that I never said anything along these lines; instead I even pointed out in my last reply, that the Thales Orion sight is now fitted. The identical location of the gunner's sight and commander's cupola, which leads to a weakspot is worth nothing, showing that this isn't exactly brand new. But well, maybe you should go for your own suggestions and play "wait and see", rather then registering to this forum because you were trigged by your own interpretations of my picture and made rash opinions.
  44. 3 points
    The Main Battle System. A TARDEC concept that would move crewmen from the tanks into command vehicles, enabling weight and crew savings over a 4-tank unit of Abrams by 50 percent. https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1015742.pdf
  45. 3 points
    LostCosmonaut

    The BFR Thread

    Popular Mechanics interview with Musk on the BFR https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/rockets/a25953663/elon-musk-spacex-bfr-stainless-steel/
  46. 3 points
    David Moyes

    Britons are in trouble

    Clearer images: "New Turret" refers to the turret citadel, with re-used equipment mounted on it.
  47. 3 points
  48. 2 points
  49. 2 points
    Yup, I like his stuff. Won't have a computer till tomorrow evening, so haven't done any serious googling yet. The gun's looks alone at the store caught my eyes, but the price tag stopped me from getting too interested until I got home and saw his video showing the guts of the gun. The only other time that I've had such a mighty need for something was when getting my super vepr. The B76 at the gun store is in a similar condition and price as the one on armslist right now, has the box too. I seem to have developed an unfortunate habit of finding a cool gun, researching it, then seeing he's got a video on it. For better or worse, I have developed a similar taste to him in terms of liking the whacky and well made, though the main difference is that he has the money to support that taste. I have a Walther P5 that I'll be getting soon, though I at least got it and a spare mag for a lot less than it should have been. No such deals are to be found on the B76 at the moment though it seems.
  50. 2 points
    Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    The M60 was still considered an upgradable, if obsolescent, tank. The Centurion was considered obsolete and at the end of its service life. On the other hand, the torsion bar suspension of the M60 was not as well liked as the Horstmann suspension of the Centurion which was seen as easier to repair and more suited to the rough terrain of the Golan. Given this, it was always more likely that the Centurion would be the vehicle likely to be retasked.
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