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    Israeli AFVs

    The latest issue of the armor magazine in Israel, reveals that the 401st Armored Brigade is the first to accept the Barak into service, and the assimilation process has begun several months ago. An assimilation process includes first a study of the tank's systems and development of a doctrine prior to the production phase that will begin in 2020, and the final induction phase of operational capability starting in 2021 and ending in 2023 for that brigade. This confirms that the 188th brigade will retain its Merkava 3 tanks that will be upgraded with Trophy systems, and the first Trophy-equipped Merkava 4M tanks will start being delivered to the reserve forces. This is the current status of the armored corps: By 2021 the reserve forces will have only 1 brigade of Merkava 2 tanks. By 2023 it should be entirely phased out, with the exception of converted vehicles such as the Ofek. The state of the armored corps will be: 5 brigades of purely Merkava 4 tanks, of which 2 are Merkava 4A/B, and 3 are Merkava 4M. 6 brigades of Merkava 3 tanks, of which 3 are Merkava 3D, one is Merkava 3M, and 2 are Merkava 3A. An instructional brigade will remain with a mixed force of Merkava 3D and 4M, in a ratio of 1/2 respectively. In the year 2026 the Merkava 4 in all variants will become the most dominant tank in the IDF ground forces.
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    AFV Engines

    Achates/Cummins ACE engine in a Bradley.
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    http://otvaga2004.mybb.ru/viewtopic.php?id=1018&p=8#p1179911 Posted on Otvaga, original sources: http://oeps.ifmo.ru/uchebn/UP_TPV.pdf and https://museum.ifmo.ru/images/pages/615/Vestnik_144.pdf Soviet (1987) thermal sight "Progress 2M", competitor for Agava thermal sight. Stats: Spectral range - 8-13 mcm Number of elements - 500x384 Field of view - 40ox30o Zoom - 10x and 3x Temperature sensitivity - not less than 0.1K Picture from Progress 2 TI. Sight was tested on T-80U, satisfied all requirements for all-time sight (day and night) and range of detection of threats.
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    On Lostarmor some attempt to make a statistics on damage to T-72/T-64 was made. All known T-72s that were damaged during Donbass war:
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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    It's happening. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/426060-white-house-second-trump-kim-summit-coming-next-month
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    I Learned Something Today

    I don't know a lot about the US climate, so I just guessed, thanks for correcting me. And yes, I assumed they did, it is the norm her in Norway for washrooms and bathrooms to have tiles, sometimes the hall too. But if you speak about what is the most cost efficient, electric floor heating is not worth is at all. It's a "luxury" thing, people want it so that they can have fancy floors that tend to be very cold, and still have a warm feeling from beneath their feet. A rug is way more cost efficient. The only real upside is the very well distributed heating. I am not sure about the US, but most people know a carpenter or construction worker, or knows how to do flooring in Norway. We do all the prep work for the electrician, then he does the wiring and fuses, and we add the floor again. Sometimes we let the craftsmen do it do have it be extra nice. So it tends to be pretty reasonably priced. Not sure what would break in electric floor heating. It is all solid state, it would outlast your fuses, even the thermostat. Most houses in Norway lack ducting outside of simple air ducts that lets fresh air in, and the blower to getting the cooking fumes and steam out. Most people do have a HVAC and wood stove though. The stove is mostly for the cosy feel, but it is also a back up in case of a power outage, in which it gets very cold in the winter. Electricity is "dirt cheap" here, so that is a big factor. Gas is not reasonably priced. Almost all houses in Norway lack water borne heating. Some do in special cases, like when a furniture factory is nearby and sells he excess heat. Only modern houses have balanced heating with ducts, which means most heating comes from HVAC, heaters, wood stoves and floor heating. New houses tend to have floor heating in every room. Old houses only in the bathrooms and halls, places with tiles. So yes, we use almost purely electrical heating, either through HVAC or heating elements. Never heard of in Norway. Water borne heating is awesome, if you can pay for it. Much more efficient and allows a lot of power saving. Thermal solar panels, wood/gas heating, electric heating, heat pump heating. Though it is simply not worth it to retrofit in most Norwegian houses, and most opt for electrical heating instead in modern houses to save cost.
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    More on the wider story here: https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/11/who-or-what-brought-down-dag-hammarskjold/
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    T-80U of Kantemirovskaya on firing range
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    So, did anyone else post pictures of the Marder 2 before? My friends went to Koblenz and took these pictures: They asked about the penetration of DM33, but apparently it's still being used by Japan so it's "classified"(surprisingly not other coutries). Otherwise he'd be allowed to share it.
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    Given the price to retrofit in heated flooring - especially when water pipes are used - it doesn't really make sense.
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    I Learned Something Today

    We also hate efficiency over here. I was spoiled by growing up in a house with subfloor heating. My parents Incorporated a lot of "green" features in that house, not because it was environmentally friendly, but because it saved a lot of money in the long run. That house is 27 years old, and it still meets efficiency standards for houses built in 2018. Ah, the good old days when you did things such as recycling for the sake of saving money, as oppossed to this namby pamby mother gaia green peace hippy shit. Proof that capitalism will always be the superior system.
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    Somewhat considering doing this; Also, Adirondacks and Southern Vermont are supposed to get 18+ inches of snow Saturday night and Sunday. Get hype
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    The Body Armor Thread

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    It's like finding a photo of Bigfoot... SU-122-54 in Roznava 1968:
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    These are the magazines of the same author - Vladimir Kamzolov. The first one has a plastic case, and the second one is made of steel. They are from the same project "Poplin"(1971), and have the same index - "M100" (100 rounds 5.45x39). On the RPK-16, this magazine is installed to draw attention to modern developments in this direction. And a little more history:
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    Food and Putting it in Our Faces

    Making Salads with Tied: My personal favorite: For your lady friends
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    The Mustelid Appreciation Thread

    I don't always post memes. But when I do, it has a bitchin' river otter in it!
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    I had the opportunity to meet and speak with the artist and famed T-shirt peddler Ray Troll who is kind of a big thing up here in Alaska. From him I learned that there was such a thing as a saber toothed salmon which grew up to 6-9 feet in length and weighed over 400 pounds. It also had giant fangs sticking out of the side of its mouth. They lived 4-5 million years ago.