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    Remember, fake news was coined by the cable networks (I think it was even CNN) and it only became a naughty term when used on them. This is the power of societies leash holders. There's too much trust in curated news. Not a shred of ability to research and deduce. I also fail to see anything particularly bad with Trump besides he likes to shit post on the twatters but I've already made my opinion on how we shouldn't hold elected officials on a social pedestal clear.
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    Development of future Soviet tank in 80-s and was a continuation of works started in 1970-s under designation “Project 101”. Necessity for development was grounded by the development of next generation tank in US and NATO. The importance of this task was well realized by Nikolay Shomin, a new chief designer of Kharkov design bureau, who replaced Alexander Morozov after he retired in 1976. The development of the tank had two main directions – conventional layout with 3-man crew and unmanned turret, which was known under designation “Object 490A” and later “Object 477” and unconventional 2-man design known as “Object 490”. The project “490” developed in the 80s was under development by Eugenie Morozov, son of the famous designer of tanks T-34, T-54, T-64 Alexander Morozov. The main features of the “Object 490” were: - crew consisting of two people - commander-gunner and driver. Reduce the crew to two people and place them in a compact, well-protected capsule. Depending on the specific layout, this gives a volume saving of up to 1.2 m3. - the use of hydro pneumatic suspension. In addition to solving the main problem - increasing average speeds by improving running smoothness, it allows to control the clearance of the tank, which increases maneuverability and survivability in battle. In addition, controlled hydro pneumatic suspension by changing the hull angle allows to increase the pointing angles of the gun in the vertical plane. - Creation of a special armored refueling and reloading vehicle capable of accompanying the tank in the same formation, overcoming hard natural and artificial obstacles, passing through nuclear contaminated areas of the terrain, and operating under conditions of use of nuclear weapons. In layout no. 1 and 2, it was supposed to implement the replenishment of ammunition and refueling the tank without leaving the crews of the tank and refueling-loading machine. Object 490 "Poplar". Unknown Soviet future tank of 80s http://btvt.info/7english/490_eng.htm
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    It's because we are men of culture.
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    SH_MM

    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    A few days ago the folks from Warthunder went to Minnesota and measured some details regarding the physical thickness of the armor of an original M1 Abrams tank, something which was already mentioned in the United States Military Vehicle General topic. The English version of the article can be found here. I decided to take these values and combine them with the schmatics of the original composite armor (aka "Chobham", "Burlington" & "BRL-1") fielded on this version to estimate the overall armor thickness. The scan quality of these schematics is low (the paper wasn't flat when scanned, so the lines are not always straight), but I tried to adjust for this as good as possible. It seems that these schematics are not for scale or the measurements were wrong (though that doesn't seem likely). Overall it seems that the armor thickness has been exaggerated quite a bit; some people said it would be 700 mm or even 750 mm, but most results end up being below 600 mm. I guess the most damning argument against the overall thickness being in the 650-750 mm range is the claim, that the distance between weld lines on the hull floor is just 22 inches (558 mm). Even though it isn't clear wether this includes or excludes the weld lines, it more or less means that overall cavity thickness is way below 558 mm. Add to this a 101 mm backplate and a 31.75 mm frontplate (both sloped) and 700-750 mm armor thickness becomes impossible, IMO 650 mm aswell, but I've never seen exact angles for the LFP and the hull floor. WT also measured the thickness of the turret's armor cavities, but they didn't mention if that includes slope and they didn't mention the exact thickness of backplate, but it also doesn't seem to warrant the 700-800 mm thickness sometimes claimed. Armor cavity thickness was 19.5 inches on an unspecified side of the turret (the horizontal slope of the turret front is assymetrical), but the front plate is 1.5 inches (38.1 mm) thick.
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    Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    HOLY MORMON WAR DEPARTMENT BULLETIN PRODUCED BY THE DESERET HEAVENLY VOICE 2251 INFANTRY WEAPONS OF THE CASCADIAN HERETICS IT IS THE DUTY of all the blessed Latter Day Saints to commit fully to holy war to defend our homeland in the New World. For those Saints who choose to do this by taking up arms, it is essential that you receive unto yourself knowledge of those arms made and used by the Cascadian heretics so that you may both counteract them and pick them up, operate them, and turn them against their heretic creators themselves. Therefore, pay heed to the knowledge contained herein and receive the power inside yourselves to fight in holy war for the forces of God! HERETIC PISTOLS The Cascadian heretics employ a number of pistols including both current and obsolete types. The oldest type in common service is the M2153 Revolver, an eight-shot .35 caliber weapon engineered for longevity and ease of production. M2153 revolvers were produced by hand in small shops within the Heretic Republic, and broken revolvers must be repaired in similarly equipped facilities. However, these revolvers do last for a very long time, and heretics can be seen wielding them in the current day, despite production ending in the 2190s. In the 2180s, the Cascadian heretics introduced a new pistol, the M2182 Automatic Pistol, which introduced a 15-shot detachable box magazine coupled with a straight blowback slide-operated action. Like the M2153, this is chambered in .35 caliber, and was made in large numbers on heretic production lines until the 2220s. The newest heretic pistol is a .35 locked-breech design that is much lighter and easier to shoot than its predecessor, but still uses backwards compatible 15-round magazines of basically the same pattern. It follows the current heretic naming scheme, and is called the M12 Automatic. Saints who employ any of these heretic pistols against their oppressors are encouraged to use surprise and ambush tactics and to obtain a more effective weapon, such as a rifle or scattershot, posthaste. HERETIC RIFLES Since their conquest of the Northwest region, the Cascadian heretics have used a variety of different rifles to oppress Saints within their sphere of influence. Besides a motley of leftover pre-war rifles, the Heretic Army has employed a standardized bolt action rifle chambered in .30x2 caliber since the 2160s. This rifle, the M2164 Repeating Carbine, replaced a previous pattern of bolt action rifle and introduced features like a free float barrel, and a detachable 10 round box magazine. M2164 Carbines are still in service with many heretic reserve and echelon units. M2164 Carbines with a mounted optic are the most commonly seen marksman weapon among heretic forces. Bolt action rifles are best used by Latter-Day Saints who seek to score precise hits at the cost of volume of fire versus the submachine rifle. At very close distances, the bolt action rifle is superior to the pistol, but inferior to the submachine rifle. HERETIC SUBMACHINE RIFLES Submachine rifles have been used by heretic forces to supplement the firepower of bolt action rifles since the 2180s. The earliest of these, the M19 Submachine Rifle, is chambered in .35 caliber and accepts a 32-round detachable "stick" magazine or a 72-round drum magazine, though these latter magazines are now only rarely seen. These are open bolt, straight blowback submachine rifles analogous to our own Creed Submachine Rifle. M19 Submachine Rifles are in second-line use with heretic forces, having been replaced by the newer M56 Submachine Rifle, which does away with the drum magazine and uses a cast aluminum receiver, rather than machined steel. The Cascadian heretics have deceitfully introduced a new submachine rifle just prior to their aggression in the Righteous War, which does not fire any of the pre-war calibers. Capture of weapons and ammunition during the victorious Defense of Zoram in Lee of last year revealed that this rifle is called the "M95", is made primarily of machine steel, is chambered for a new .256-inch caliber cartridge, and uses a box magazine holding 31 rounds. The fact that ammunition containers for these weapons come in lots of 30 rounds only reflects the disorganization and decadence inherent in the heretic system. Submachine rifles are best employed at close ranges as their accuracy and effectiveness at killing heretics drops off precipitously after 100 yards. However, they can be devastating weapons in a close-in fight. HERETIC MACHINE RIFLES The Cascadian heretics employ several indigenous patterns of machine rifle, and one pattern stolen from the decadent pre-war USA. Heretics still use 1900s-era M240 General Purpose Machine Rifles for nearly all emplaced automatic weapons and as light infantry weapons at the company level. These weapons are belt-fed, .30 automatic weapons which weigh nearly 30 pounds unloaded, restricting them to being positional weapons only. Although some of these weapons date from before the war, most are post-war copies made within the Heretic Republic itself. Cascadian heretic forces also employ a new magazine-fed pattern of machine rifle, the M61, which also fires .30 ammunition and weighs about 11 pounds unloaded. This weapon is equipped with a bipod, and occasionally an optical sight for the marksman rifle role. Capacity of this weapon is 25 rounds, meaning it runs empty quickly. Most front-line heretic soldiers are now equipped with this weapon. Machine rifles are best employed from static positions due to their weight, although the M61 can also be used in a similar manner to the submachine rifle. NOTES FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF ORDNANCE, CR ARMY August 25, 2251 Mormon vernacular can be confusing for Cascadian readers. Sometimes names or common words are substituted for their own queer terminology set. For example, it is evident in the above document that Mormon speakers refer to submachine guns as "submachine rifles", due to language codes which dictate that the word "gun" is a vulgarity. Accordingly, they use the word "scattershot" instead of the more conventional "shotgun". Also, their name for the Battle of Burley is the Defense of Zoram, as they do not use the name Burley for that area and Mormon propaganda holds that their defense was not overwhelmed but resulted in a strategic retreat. Given that the capitulation of the Mormon forces is nearly at hand and is expected within the year, this narrative has proven difficult for the Mormon Elders to maintain. The LDS church uses a different calendar system from the Universal Calendar, which has 14 months named after the 17 pre-war LDS prophets (4 of which were named "Smith", represented by the first month). The month of Lee in the LDS system corresponds roughly to the month of July in Universal. Mormon language codes also dictate measurements in Imperial units only, which results in the translation of common ammunition nomenclature into their own proprietary system. These correspond as follows: ".30x2" or ".30" refers to the 7.62x51mm CR round ".35" refers to the 9x19mm CR round ".25" refers to the new 6.35x45mm CR Assault Rifle round There are also a few errors in the Mormon document, most notably the erroneous description of the M95 Assault Rifle having a magazine capacity of 31 rounds. Capacity of the M95 magazine is 30 rounds, although with some effort a 31st round can be inserted due to the additional space within the magazine.
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    LoooSeR

    What are we playing?

    After all introduction missions were done i finally was able to make a choice Shpetsnaz! And what time is it? Right, it is time to invade Poland! ..and futher! Those sneaky Euroweaklings are trying to raid Moscow and i was tasked to defend Heart of our Rodina!
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    LoooSeR

    General AFV Thread

    I am not sure, but...
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    Looks like the democratic strategy was predicated upon Kavanaugh and the Republicans folding; luckily People's Commissar Lindsey Graham has issued Order 227 and has sent his blocking detachments to the rear. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/409372-red-state-dems-face-nightmare-scenario-on-kavanaugh
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    Oedipus Wreckx-n-Effect

    General news thread

    In the category of "shit we know happens but it actually got reported on", https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/university-of-montana-fined-966k-for-crime-stats-omissions Missoula gets caught covering up crime stats on campus. When I was at TAMU we caught them on that shit all the time. It was a big part of the evidence we used for concealed carry on campus.
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    As referenced several (3?) times on this thread: Washington DC needs a hearty, Stalin-era purging, of almost everyone on both sides, and replacement by people who are willing to cooperate, not just earn their pay check and squabble like retards with microphones. I would think of this as a political laxative, as both remove large amounts of shit and ease the pain of the guts of our political machine, making it more efficient, as well as more comfortable for all involved.
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    Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    FINAL SUBMISSIONS PART ONE: The XM12 Donward: Cascadia's First Main Battle Tank? (1/2) PART TWO: The XM12 Donward: Cascadia's First Main Battle Tank? (2/2) PART THREE: The XM15 Roach: Cascadia's Chariot of Victory PART FOUR: The Airmobile Armor Corps: A Retrospective of the "Sandy" Light Tank PART FIVE: The M12 Donward Heavy Tank: Cascadia's Forgotten Heavy Hitter AMMO DATA SHEET Judges, please note that there's been minor polishing, editing, and continuity fixes that have been done to all of the older posts, so each post may be worth another skim.
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    Sturgeon

    Competition: Tank Design 2239

    PART FIVE OF FIVE The M12 Donward Heavy Tank: Cascadia's Forgotten Heavy Hitter At the outbreak of the Idaho War, the highly mobile, well-armed forces of the Cascade Republic Army devastated poorly-equipped and supplied Deseret expeditionary in the Idaho territories. Cascadian troops armed with advanced M64 automatic rifles overwhelmed Deseret soldiers, who were largely still armed with post-war manufactured bolt action weapons. Advanced M13A4 Sandy Light Tanks, sporting armor too tough for most Mormon weapons to penetrate and guns that were effective against the defender's tanks themselves, shocked Deseret positions, while the lighter M13A6 Sandy Airmobile Tanks surprised and disrupted Mormon units from behind their own lines. However, by late 2249, Cascadian forces found themselves bogged down in fighting near the Snake River, in the Southern Idaho territory. Mormon fanatics had entrenched there, utilizing an extensive set of reinforced concrete bunkers built along the northern edge of the Great Basin. These bunkers, constructed decades earlier, allowed the Mormon forces to hold off the Cascadian military just north of the Idaho-Utah border. An XM12E4 Donward Heavy Tank during a scenic demonstration to CR Army top brass in front of the Cascade Range in March 2250. Responding to this, the Cascadian Army Ordnance Corps issued an emergency request for a new "breakthrough" tank which could attack fortified Cascadian positions while also having the capacity to deal with the new heavily armored Elijah tanks just reaching Mormon forces at the front. To abridge development, Chief of Cascadian Armor Ordnance Quentin Garland directed private companies to submit off-the-shelf designs armed with the new Ordnance XM59 152mm cannon. Two firms responded, Cascadia Land Industries with its Roach-152 proposal, and Bureau 39, which proposed a version of the XM12E2 Donward armed with the gigantic cannon. Of the two, the 152mm-armed Donward was deemed to have significantly lower development time and superior crew ergonomics, due to its larger turret and more ample space for the large two-piece 152mm ammunition. Bureau 39's proposal was accepted, and designated the XM12E4 Donward Heavy Tank. The original XM12E3 120mm gun-armed prototype was converted to mount the massive new 152mm gun, and used for concept validation and gunnery trials. At the conclusion of those trials in May 2250, that first XM12E4 prototype was demonstrated to top CR Army brass at the demonstration field near the Cascade Range. It was subsequently put into series production as the M12A4 Donward Heavy Tank, with the first 9 tanks (often erroneously often referred to as XM12E4s) being converted from the existing XM12E1, XM12E2, and XM12E3 prototypes. A further five unused armor test castings were fully finished and converted to M12A4 standard and sent to the Mormon Front. XM12E4 Donward on troop trials exercises near Seattle, Cascade Republic, 2249. These fourteen tanks reached the front in July of 2250, during the biggest offensive mounted by Mormon forces so far in that war, known to historians as the Battle of Burley. The M12A4 Donward Heavy Tanks proved to be an essential element in the Eastern Expeditionary Corps (EEC) - up till that point equipped only with M13A6 Sandy light Tanks - being able to turn the tables and beat back the Mormon offense. Mormon forces inflicted heavy casualties on CR Army units, but the offense was defeated and the Deseret Army was unable to mount any offenses of comparable size for the rest of the war. Meanwhile, elite Heavy Tank Units equipped with Donward tanks were able to break through heavily fortified Mormon positions, and over the next year the CR Army drove the Deseret Expeditionary Corps back to Salt Lake City. M12A4 Donward Heavy Tanks were also used heavily in the Arizona campaign, pushing through Monument Valley towards Moab. An M12 Donward Heavy Tank fights near Monument Valley, Deseret, in the final months of the Idaho War, 2251. After the surrender of the Deseret government in 2251 and the conclusion of major fighting in the Idaho War, the Armored Force began a reorganization as part of a pivot towards combating Californian forces. As a result, the Heavy Tank units that had been so effective were disbanded, and the 85 M12 Heavy Tanks that equipped them put into mothballs. Instead, the Armored Force would be equipped solely with the newly redesignated M15A2 Roach "Main Battle Tank", which had been introduced as a medium tank in the last year of the Idaho War. M12A4 Donward Heavy Tank GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS Crew: 4 Length (gun forward): 11.54 m Length (gun to rear): 10.52 m Length (w/o gun): 7.37 m Gun Overhang (gun forward): 4.17 m Width (over skirts): 3.47 m Width (without skirts): 3.35 m Height (to roof): 2.61 m Height (to 7.62 MG): 2.95 m Ground Clearance: 0.61 m Turret Ring Diameter (inside): 85 in Weight, Curb: 43,320 kg Weight, Gross: 46,749 kg Power to Weight Ratio (gross): 16.0 hp/t Ground Pressure: 11.7 PSI PROTECTION Hull armor: Upper glacis - 4.4" at 28 degrees - 239mm LOS (slightly elliptical) Lower glacis - 3" at 44.6 degrees - 108mm LOS Side - 2" at 15 degrees, plus 1" side skirts spaced at 22-38" - 78.4mm LOS Turret armor: 0 degrees: 512mm at forehead, 240mm at nose, 186mm above ring 15 degrees: 502mm at forehead, 220mm at nose, 167mm above ring, 339mm sides 30 degrees: 358mm at forehead, 200mm at nose, 147mm above ring, 175mm sides 45 degrees: 262mm at forehead, 154mm at nose, 136mm above ring, 124mm sides ARMAMENT Primary: 152x923mmR M59 L/48.5 Loading-Assisted Rifled Gun Traverse: Electrohydraulic and manual, 360 degrees Traverse Rate (max): 24 d/s, 15 seconds/360 degrees Elevation: Electrohydraulic and manual, +25/-10 degrees Elevation Rate: 10 d/s Firing Rate (max): 3 rounds/min Stabilizer: Vertical Secondary: (1) 7.62mm M240 machine gun, coaxial (1) .50 caliber M2 machine gun, commander's hatch (1) 7.62mm M240 machine gun, loader's position Provision for (1) 9mm M95 Submachine Gun AMMUNITION 36 rounds 152x923mmR 800 rounds .50 caliber 6,000 rounds 7.62mm (coaxial) 1,200 rounds 7.62mm (loader) 210 rounds 9mm 24 smoke grenades FIRE CONTROL AND VISION EQUIPMENT Primary Weapon: Direct: Gunner's Primary Sight Gunner's Auxiliary Sight Ballistic Calculator Stereoscopic Rangefinder Indirect: Azimuth Indicator Elevation Quadrant Gunner's Quadrant Vision Devices: Driver: Periscopes (3), Night Vision Commander: Periscope Vision Blocks (7), Rotatable Periscope (1), Weapon Sight (1) Gunner: Gunner's Primary Sight, Gunner's Auxiliary Sight Loader: Periscope (1) POWERPLANT 750 hp air-cooled turbocharged V12 diesel, 29.4 L displacement, cross-drive transmission
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    Xlucine

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    Brits are quite chuffed:
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    Post all content related to the F-4 Phantom II here. JASDF Phantom video The F-4 started development as an F3H variant, and first approached a recognizable form in 1953. yep
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    Realistic cosplay, it broke down on him!
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    LoooSeR

    What are we playing?

    Unreal 2 is broken, i think.
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