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  1. 4 points
    2805662

    General AFV Thread

    I received the “two minute product brief” (which included the use of augmented reality goggles to visualise the power train) on this yesterday. A couple of design considerations and concepts: - designed for river crossings & use on inland waterways. - targeted customers are primarily South & Central American and Asian (including Indonesia, Colombia, & Singapore). - Operation in Sea States greater than Sea State 1 is questionable. - 5 metric tonne payload. - not intended for opposed landings. - can be fitted with a turret - but cannot carry troops if so fitted. - Armoured capsule is comparatively small, relative to the vehicle size. - wholly funded by KMW. - Marder based. My pics here: https://imgur.com/gallery/7zxppwb
  2. 3 points
    SH_MM

    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    On the website of the Austrian Truppendienst magazine (the official magazine of the Austrian military), a summary has been published by the Major of the Panzerbataillon 14: https://www.truppendienst.com/themen/beitraege/artikel/die-setc18-im-rueckblick/ The Swedish team didn't finish first, because one of their soldiers got an injury during the last task, the "tanker olympics". Sweden got the last place in this discipline as a result. The Polish team didn't bring its own training ammunition (is there a shortage in the Polish army?), so they did all live fire tests with high explosive ammunition (!). As this was proper HE ammo and not HE training/practice ammo, they were always the last to shoot (the hosts didn't want to replace the targets in the middle of the competition). This might also explain the poor score compared to other Leopard 2 users... Leclerc required more maintenance than other tanks, but French army send more/better people to take care of that Aparently the rules of the competition were slightly changed, so that having a three men crew wasn't indirectly punished (i.e. three men crews had to do less in certain competitions than four men crews). The Leclerc did a poor job at spotting targets. The UK might reconsider the idea of equipping one tank regiment with AJAX vehicles, because the Challenger 2 performed quite well. Supposedly the better shooting results of tanks with smoothbore guns might affect the decision wether the Challenger 2 LEP will adopt such a gun or keep the old rifled one. The T-84's fire control system did not perform (significantly) worse than that of NATO tanks. The old Soviet-derived autoloader provided similar reload speeds compared to the manned tanks.The crews had combat experience and knew how to properly deal with drones (something that the US team apparently didn't knew). Originally another German team was meant to participate, but a short time before the competition it was swapped. Still they were giving some preparattion. The Germans had higher physical fitness than others. The stabilizer of (one or multiple) Leopard 2A6 tanks from Germany failed due to the unexpectedly high temperatures (and probably because they weren't replaced in the past years, as spare parts are low...). The gunners of the Leopard 2A6 tank(s) could compensate the lack of a stabilizer to some extend. Germany will co-host next year's SETC aswell, but the Bundeswehr decided that they will only send teams to the challenge, which never participated before. Canada, Croatia, Denmark ,Greece, Switzerland and the Netherlands had observers at the competition. Canada and Denmark will definetly not participate next year (Canada has no tanks in Europe, Denmark is switching from Leopard 2A5 to 2A7), the other countries might. It doesn't? Given that half of the participants are former members of the Warsaw Pact, I would expect that it might include some... I've read different things regarding this shoot-off. Some sources say that it was the "inofficial" 14th task (the SETC however only included 13 rated tasks, unless something was changed from last year), which not all contenders did serious (like the Swedes according to the Truppendienst article). Based on videos the "shoot-off" seems to be done from static positions at a shooting range with the targets being clearly visible. The offensive and defensive ops (for which exact scores were leaked) are also including gunnery, but from the move and without always knowing the location of the targets (the crews have to spot them).
  3. 3 points
    My album of the KF41 & Lance 2 turret: https://imgur.com/gallery/QpLTD9e
  4. 3 points
    Alzoc

    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    Final scores on the SETC 2018: For now it's a bit all over the places (and no source to be seen anywhere) Wikipedia gives this: Opex 360 and 4Chan gives this: Edit: Apparently those numbers pops up on (or were taken from) the site of @Andrei_bt
  5. 3 points
    skylancer-3441

    General AFV Thread

    Lynx KF41 some photos (originally posted in twitter): pictures from that pdf: Rheinmetall press-release https://www.rheinmetall-defence.com/en/rheinmetall_defence/public_relations/news/latest_news/index_17408.php https://www.rheinmetall-defence.com/media/editor_media/rm_defence/publicrelations/pressemitteilungen/2018/2018-06-12_Rheinmetall_Eurosatory_Lynx_KF_41_en.pdf and some more pics from twitter: video: some screenshots: .... Question: is it a correct thread for this vehicle? Or i should've been posting this in German vehicles thread like @2805662 did with his photos of this vehicle http://sturgeonshouse.ipbhost.com/topic/11-stug-iii-thread-and-also-other-german-vehicles-i-guess/?page=49&tab=comments#comment-133254 ?
  6. 3 points
    Guys, @Wiedzmin is being a bit provocative in how he said that and I know he insulted your waifu favorite tank, but let's be honest here; sticking a Leclerc turret on a Leopard 2 chassis isn't exactly going to flip the world upside-down. There's a reason we have a facetious Contemporary Western Tank Rumble thread. Western tanks are more similar than they are distinct. Except for the Merkava they all have the same track design. Except for the Chally 2 they all use the same gun. Except for the Abrams they all use or can use very similar MTU diesels. Western tank design has clearly been in a rut for the past several decades, and I don't think it's unreasonable to point this fact out.
  7. 2 points
    Donward

    North Korea, you so crazy!

    Stop being daft. It's embarrassing watching the American Left openly root for World War III and a failure of the Singapore Peace Summit because they are still frosty that they nominated the worst human being in recent American history to steal the Democratic nomination. Nothing like yesterday's events have EVER happened in American or Korean history with a face-to-face between and American President and the leader of North Korea. There has been nothing like the four written agreements listed above - and one verbal promise to begin disassembling the Nork's missile testing facility - because there has never been a direct face-to-face between the leaders of the two countries. It's the Chief Executive of the US directly negotiating with the Chairman of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. If you understand Asian culture, that is significant. And it was repeated like a dozen times that this was just the first step of many in this process. Honestly, if all we get is the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War (something like 6,000-8,000 bodies) that alone is a significant milestone in the peace process. And all it cost was a sit down lunch of braised beef, avocado salad, sweet and sour pork, and ice cream... that the Singapore government paid for in part. Oh, and the temporary halting of war games with South Korea. The antics of the American Left leading up to this summit, during, and now afterwards is downright childish and I don't know you guys are going to climb out of the political hole your party is digging right now.
  8. 2 points
    Donward

    North Korea, you so crazy!

    Key points of the document signed by Kim and Donald Trump at the end of Tuesday's talks: 1. US and North Korea commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity. 2. The two countries will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. 3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, North Korea commits to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. 4. US and North Korea commit to recovering remains of prisoners of war including the immediate repatriation of those already identified. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/document-signed-by-trump-and-kim-in-singapore-summit-says-north-korea-will-work-towards
  9. 1 point
    Turret is ugly af, which is interesting, because Lance 1.0 was arguably the most aesthetically built medium caliber turret I can think of. They should have shown it with the APS IMO.
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  11. 1 point
    Both A.G. Karpenko and Baryatinsky say that the Object 268 already had a tray type auto-loader which is why they were able to get away with a four man crew. Object 261 is really fucking obscure. What many people don't realize is that it actually three different designs and the wooden model that is everywhere on the internet isn't actually the Object 261: Object 263 is even more obscure. The only person who has written at length on the Object 263 is A.G. Karpenko who says that the Object 263 uses parts from both the IS-8 and IS-7.
  12. 1 point
    LoooSeR; good question...first of all, it was right in the middle of the two most significant Soviet Army events of the 1960s: exercise Dnepr in 1967 and Operation Danube (the invasion of Czechoslovakia), in 1968. These two events shaped the Soviet Army of the Cold War and provided very real rehearsals for WWIII. You're correct, the SU-122-54 was the product of the Soviet Army experience in WWII...especially during the Manchuria campaign against the Japanese. The Soviets developed tactics for combined-arms organizations known as "Assault Groups," "Storm Teams," and "Forward Detachments," with assault guns/tank destroyers at their core. After the war, the SU-122-54 (probably known as the SU-122 (M1954) by the Soviets), was secretly fielded in companies/batteries that were organic to select/high-priority MRRs and TRs. As mentioned above, the SU-122-54 was deployed for both Dnepr and Operation Danube. Since it wasn't forward deployed in the Groups, it was almost missed by Western intelligence through it's development, short life, and death (at Khrushchev's hand...guns bad, missiles good). The first mention of the SU-122-54 in an official US military reference manual was in a USMC MCIA manual in 1996...that's 41 years after it was fielded by the Soviet Army. There was limited intel available on this vehicle as early as 1958 but most of it was Top Secret so it didn't reach many folks in the field. The CIA gave it the designation SU-100 (M1968). I could go on...the SU-122-54 truly made the D-25 122mm main gun (versioned for the SU-122-54 as the D-49), what it was meant to be...etc.
  13. 1 point
    Ramlaen

    North Korea, you so crazy!

  14. 1 point
    Come on guys, this LEOCLERCtm is obviously just to show the world that Germans and French can indeed cooperate on tank design, how small and lack of innovation of this LEOCLERCtm is. Let us see what they have in store in a couple years, granted that the cooperation lasts...
  15. 1 point
    He is not troll, he is just very harsh (including our, Russian armor development). Otvaga forum is not a place where members are selected by someone, so different opinions are presented.
  16. 1 point
    That law says very little about destruction, and more to the point, fuck Chuck Schumer. I'm not surprised some bureaucrat who thought they had a job for life is sour at Trump for downsizing the Fed. I'm also not surprised a few records got torn up, and I'm sure that ~n~e~v~er~ happened before.
  17. 1 point
    E-MBT is just two parts of two MBTs duck taped together to please investors. The REAL work is within the tank to make it work as one. Armor is out of the windows as long as there is no confirmed customer. If there are no customers, this vehicle may become a test bed for futur development for MGCS.
  18. 1 point
    skylancer-3441

    General AFV Thread

    And another photo of TARDEC's combat vehicle prototype's hull
  19. 1 point
    skylancer-3441

    General AFV Thread

    Otokar's Tulpar with Cockerill 3105 turret, pics from several posts in twitter and instagram:
  20. 1 point
    skylancer-3441

    General AFV Thread

    7 second long video with those two ASCOD 2 vehicles
  21. 1 point
    SH_MM

    General AFV Thread

    New ASCOD 2 medium tank based on the Oto-Melara HITFACT II turret: http://www.monch.com/mpg/news/land/3529-ascod.html
  22. 1 point
    #WINNING Meet the guys who tape Trump's papers back together Solomon Lartey spent the first five months of the Trump administration working in the Old Executive Office Building, standing over a desk with scraps of paper spread out in front of him. Lartey, who earned an annual salary of $65,969 as a records management analyst, was a career government official with close to 30 years under his belt. But he had never seen anything like this in any previous administration he had worked for. He had never had to tape the president’s papers back together again. Armed with rolls of clear Scotch tape, Lartey and his colleagues would sift through large piles of shredded paper and put them back together, he said, “like a jigsaw puzzle.” Sometimes the papers would just be split down the middle, but other times they would be torn into pieces so small they looked like confetti. ... But White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor, according to people familiar with the practice. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasn’t violating the law. ... “We got Scotch tape, the clear kind,” Lartey recalled in an interview. “You found pieces and taped them back together and then you gave it back to the supervisor.” The restored papers would then be sent to the National Archives to be properly filed away. Lartey said the papers he received included newspaper clips on which Trump had scribbled notes, or circled words; invitations; and letters from constituents or lawmakers on the Hill, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “I had a letter from Schumer — he tore it up,” he said. “It was the craziest thing ever. He ripped papers into tiny pieces.” (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) ... That team is now smaller, after many of the career officials were cleared out earlier this year. Lartey, 54, and Young, 48, were career government officials who worked together in records management until this spring, when both were abruptly terminated from their jobs. Both are now unemployed and still full of questions about why they were stripped of their badges with no explanation and marched off of the White House grounds by Secret Service. ... “I was coerced to sign a resignation letter at that time,” he said. “Then they escorted me to the garage and took my parking placard.” Young, who was terminated April 19, said he fought back and had his official status changed from “resigned” to “terminated.” (And the world's smallest violin plays)
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  24. 1 point
    T-80U has also improved layered armor, both in turret and frontal hull. But yeah, USSR in 80s had 3 largely similar tanks that all were different and had not many parts that could fit in all 3. This was a result of political and economic extension of factories and bureaus and slowly degrading USSR politicians. Although T-80 managed to be a pretty good vehicle for it's time, and LKZ had potential to create interesting future MBT for USSR in 1990s.
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