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    Israeli AFVs

    That was a bad angle so here's a better one: M270 with 122mm guided rockets called Romach. Puma CEV (oddly they didn't show the Namer CEV which is already in service). Eitan APC. Merkava 4M MBT. Namer IFV w/30mm. Ofek APC. D9 bulldozer. The Namer is definitely taller than the Merkava, and the Eitan seems to be only slightly lower.
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    EMBT moving around and shooting a bit in this video
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    So the good guy with a gun who shot the bad guy with a gun who was shooting and carjacking people in a Walmart parking lot... Is a pastor. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/pastor-who-shot-suspect-in-tumwater-carjacking-spree-tells-his-story/ Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! George isn’t just the pastor of the Oakville Assembly of God Church. He describes himself as a trained EMT with the town’s fire department, a certified gun-range safety officer and a licensed concealed-carry holder who has trained for active shooter situations. ... They followed Day outside, watching as he tried to take more vehicles. At some point, George drew his own firearm. He watched Day shoot twice into the driver’s side of a vehicle, critically injuring a man, and start to move toward where George thought his family might be. George got into a position “to have a safe shot” at Day. Day tried to take another car. George shot him. Day fell to the ground. George told Zamora to stay with Day while he retrieved a medical kit from his own vehicle, and administered aid to the injured man in the car. The pastor's account of the event is here. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4546436/Pastor-Release-Tumwater-Shooting.pdf It's gratifying to see folks not only preparing by legally carrying a concealed handgun but also having a medical kit on hand which is every bit as valuable.
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    Mirage 2000N retired after 30 years of service in the FAS Interesting bits on the history of the FAS and it's evolution over the years in the article The 2/4 Lafayette will make the transition to the Rafale B A Mirage 2000N will fly one last time for the 14th of July 2018
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    Bele's Wolf Thread.

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    Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    The 9-A-7759 - modular missiles and bombs. Inertial-satellite guidance with a protected receiver GLONASS and GPS. Range up to 120 km. https://en.ppt-online.org/345832
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    Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    https://iz.ru/740556/aleksandr-kruglov/glavnyi-kalibr-vernuli-v-stroi http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/5200028
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    Every single ton of carrier you put into a single hull gives you more capacity than the last one. It takes a lot of tonnage to be able to launch even one plane, let alone launch, maintain and arm one plane. If you compare the air wings of light carriers to supercarriers, the latter have a lot more air wing per ton because things like maintenance, seakeeping, launch facilities and deck space are amortized over more planes. Big missile batteries end up on their own platforms with their own superstructure optimized for radar and so on for very good reasons because the USN can afford the tonnage to make their carriers part of a task force. Lastly, VLS cells are a non-trivial cut in the flight deck, which is part of the strength deck and has to have four long cuts in it for catapults, as well as the cuts in the ship girder for the hangar exits onto the elevators. The cuts that already exist are only possible due to classified structural shenanigans of the deep wizardry sort. The Charles de Gaulle has to have a weak spot in her deck because the reactor needs refueling more frequently. As a result, when their new short catapult designs turned out to only work with literally neck-breaking accelerations, they had to cut down to two cats, and the island is way the hell forward, which sucks because that's prime real estate for spotting planes before launch. The Zumwalts are the first missile focused ships to not need the VLS cut to be in prime centerline real estate, and the way they talk about that development indicates that it's bigger than you'd think.
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    Ships haven't been tonnage critical since a little bit after WWII, instead they're volume critical. That's why a modern warship is an apartment building full of computers and coated in radars on top of a hull full of missile and engine. (Also this is a major factor in armor being obsoleted). Discounting the VLS and AEGIS is also probably a mistake. It allows very rapid engagement by a single coordinated system rather than Soviet/Russian style multiple systems, and packs a huge wad of missiles ready to go rather than having to wait for them to be readied from the magazines. You also get things like the Standard Missile being useful in offensive and defensive roles by dint of being a good long range anti-air missile with a lot of energy. Also the USN is more worried than any other navy afloat about things like being able to spend as much time as possible at sea. Steaming to and from their destination is time spent with sailors and ships being used but producing none of the value that's their reason for existing. So seakeeping is a huge priority for the USN, and they tend to take it very seriously. Given the proud tradition of secondary navies tending to use a greater fraction of displacement for armament and sitting in port until needed, the USN is doing pretty well. Entirely agreed, but don't neglect to multiply those putative 'sorties' that lesser carriers manage by some fractional factor to represent how a ski jump leaves you choosing between a reasonable range or an actual weapons load (and if you take the latter by the former, multiply out by a factor to represent the fantastic odds of your carrier being close enough to be found and killed by real opponents). It's probably worth considering that the battleship was obsoleted by the Essex class. Why, you might ask, is an evolutionary design what put the battleship out of business rather than some revolutionary new system that ? 24 hulls. By the end of that class, naval power was capable of tangling with land based air power if it was concentrated and well run. Coordinating with land based air was and is a huge help, but without that, the critical mass to just hunt and utterly destroy a battleship wasn't necessarily there and things like a guerre de course with battleships going into important areas at night (There's a reason Guadalcanal was a nightclub par excellence for surface fleets) were honestly totally viable. The thing is that by 1945, the war wasn't about weaksauce raids into and out of enemy air cover, and careful island hopping, it was about "fuck you, we're the USN, and we're going to deploy the first proper integrated air defense setup on the high seas and dare you to come at us enough to make it count, which means mass attacks by guided munitions (human or otherwise)" And after the war, either you're deploying with or against that massed naval air power, or you don't matter (Sorry Argies but you got taken down by the British. The British. That's a geopolitical corgi-mauling considering what passes for a carrier over there).
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    Ob 277. Note that the fourth road wheel uses a leading swing arm so that the turret basket is not sitting on top of the torsion bar. It's a similar arrangement to the AMX-30. I have been unable to locate good enough pictures to tell if the example in Kubinka is like this too. A lot of profile drawings show 277 with normal, all-trailing swing arms.
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    General news thread

    That would also solve the separation crisis!
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