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  1. 7 points
    Slakrrrrrr

    Britons are in trouble

    Ed Francis has recently started a fantastic Youtube channel going over British vehicle design and development called Armoured Archives. He has plenty of unseen gems in his videos, including this bad boy: I'll let his work speak for itself: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCIgjPAYn253oyWLsYgiHDw
  2. 5 points
    Laser Shark

    NM-116: Norwegian Super Chaffee

    Recently refurbished NM-116 outside the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum in Oslo: Some info: This vehicle is part of the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum's collection, and has been on display at Setermoen for several years, despite being in need of refurbishment. Major Geir Lyftingsmo (Chief of vehicles and engineering equipment at the Norwegian Armed Forces Museums) organized a collaborative project between Panservenner ("friends of armoured vehicles"), the Historical Military Vehicles Association (HMKF), Veteran meets Veteran and the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, and on July 2, a newly refurbished NM-116 was handed over to the museum. Torgeir Løvold, chairman of Panservenner, says the project was successful, and that over 400 hours have been spent on the job. The project required tenacity and patience. The museum would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts. A thanks also goes to the Norwegian Armed Forces competence center for logistics and operational support (FKL) for the transport of the vehicle. Following the success of this project, the partners have already embarked on the next project, an NM135 which they plan to make ready for the next Veteran's Day. http://forsvaretsmuseer.no/Forsvarsmuseet/Stridsvogn-paa-museet
  3. 4 points
    SH_MM

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    This is the version of the Leopard 2A7+ purchased by Qatar, i.e. the Leopard 2A7Q (aka Leopard 2A7 QAT). No idea if this is really identical to the variant ordered by Hungary, but compared to the German Leopard 2A7(V), it has the full armor kit (including additional roof protection), the PERI RTWL-B from the Puma in place of the PERI R17A3, a third generation thermal imager and improved LRF for the gunner's EMES 15 sight, cross wind sesnor and the FLW-200 RWS on top of the turret. It is basically KMW's late Leopard 2A7+ demonstrator with minimum changes. Qatar purchased the best possible configuration, while Germany initially didn't want to spend as much money, only to implement some of the lacking features in the Leopard 2A7V (and possibly in the follow-up variant, because both a LRF for the commander and a RWS are still on the Bundeswehr's tank crews' wish lists...). I don't think the L/55A1 tank gun variant was available at the time of the Qatari purchase, but this is just my speculation.
  4. 4 points
    heretic88

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    ...and more pictures on otvaga2004.ru http://gurkhan.blogspot.com/2020/07/blog-post_4.html There was a demonstration with the A7+ variant we ordered.
  5. 3 points
    Slakrrrrrr

    French flair

    Some people know about the French ERAC (Engin de Reconnaissance Amphibie de Combat), not to be confused with Engin de Réaction Anti-Chars: It's an amphibious light tank from the early '60s, but apparently it didn't end with this vehicle. New photos have been added somewhat recently on chars-francais.net of a second, albeit similar vehicle: No additional information is revealed, but the mounted gun is quite obviously larger than on the first one. Both vehicles are labeled "ERAC 105mm", yet the website claims the gun to be the 90mm DEFA D 914.
  6. 3 points
    David Moyes

    Britons are in trouble

    https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/652/pdf/ Army apparently wants CR2 to fire gun-launched ATGM and have significantly enhanced protection.
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    Some local TBs took place in different military districts. Somebody won, some lost, etc. At least those things generated few not bad photos.
  9. 3 points
    heretic88

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    A video about the event, from TV news. (beware: hungarian gibberish) A little bit of additional info: we also bought 5 ARVs and + 3 bridgelayers
  10. 3 points
    SH_MM

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    Hungary
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    You are falling short with that description. But its not only that. Militarly a vehicle like that doesn´t make any sense for its weight and terrain crossing capabilities. Our tanks don´t weight more than 30 tons for good reason and they are tracked. Besides the strykers are going to be impossible to maintain, just buying enough parts for more than 2 years would be a historical achievement. Most likely in 5-10 years if the Strykers are brought here, they are going to be cannibalized for parts or for the black market. "Big" weapons/equipment acquisition, even for civilian use, from overseas has always been problematic and riddled with corruption. Besides, its going to be very difficult for the government to sell this to the public and many more things are more important and urgent than military expenditures. Things are really really bad here. Just as a reminder/example: the contracts for the TAM modernization program have been signed almost a decade ago and no single tank has been updated. Fishy stuff going on behind the scenes. The last government (which was a particularly shitty government if i might say so) tried to buy junk Super Etendards from France and it didn´t go well. Most likely this is going to end just the same.
  13. 2 points
  14. 2 points
    LoooSeR

    GLORIOUS T-14 ARMATA PICTURES.

    News about Armata. Translation of this article: https://ria.ru/20200701/1573690648.html Most interesting parts are Victor Murakhovksiy comments. Journalists crap is spread across whole article here and there, sadly (like Armata using Krasnopol laser guided artillery rounds), i will try to throw it away. So in short - looks like UVZ implemented changes and fixes to problems found during testing of the vehicle. Engine sounds like received some changes as well and now have 2 modes of operation. New Russian-made thermal imagers were put into production for Armata. Ammunition for main gun sounds like was also brought to serial-production stage (or ready to be produced).
  15. 1 point
    Sovngard

    French flair

    Development of a 8-tonne reconnaissance amphibious tracked vehicle (ERAC) was launched in 1960. The use of a fin-stabilized shaped charge projectile as main anti-tank round was deemed obvious given the performance achieved with the 90 mm shell. The project consists of a D 739 gun firing a 105 mm projectile with a steel body designed to be fired under higher pressure (2100 kg/cm²) with a muzzle velocity of 850 m/s. The static firing trials in 1962 and the ERAC prototype the following year fall short of expectations ; the accuracy is barely acceptable and the armor penetration is mediocre compared to the caliber. Meanwhile, the ERAC project is cancelled and its successor, the ECA (Engin de Combat Amphibie : amphibious fighting machine) didn't have any more luck. The AMX-10 RC also used a fin-stabilized shaped charge projectile but with a superior ballistic performance (1100 m/s). - MAREST, M, TAUZIN, M, COMHART T9 ; L'armement de gros calibre, Centre des hautes études de l’armement Division Histoire, Paris, 2008.
  16. 1 point
    what was the reason to put 30mm perforated plates on front of Raketenjagdpanzer ?
  17. 1 point
    Serge

    French flair

    This is definitely the DEFA gun. Integrating a 105mm would have been impossible to keep the amphibious capability.
  18. 1 point
    B3Ms during exercises in Rostov region
  19. 1 point
    alanch90

    Britons are in trouble

    The vertical launchers are for multi spectral smoke and soft countermeasures against top attack. Against Lahat, normal horizontally launched smoke grenades will do the job. Perhaps in the future one one of the two vertical smoke launchers could be replaced with other hard kill interceptors (just like the ones of the Arena-M, cassettes that launch vertically and rotate mid air so that the explosion and fragments go upwards). But i digress, people often forget that APS also comprises softkill measures.
  20. 1 point
    Quick update on the Argentina-Stryker thing: as i suspected from the beginning, its not gonna happen. Turns out that it was the previous, shitty M*cri administration (not gonna write his name, brings bad luck) which during literally its final hours requested the Strykers. The current Fernandez administration (which has not yet proven themselves to be any less shitty) stopped the whole thing. Word now is that the government wants to buy chinese VN-1 instead which are more modern than the Stryker while costing a fraction of its price. Perhaps there is a chance for some local manufacturing of parts. https://www.lanacion.com.ar/politica/agustin-rossi-frena-compra-vehiculos-armas-militares-nid2394387
  21. 1 point
    The Fire Control Computer is the CDC model that the Abrams uses (or near the same), however the entire system was contracted to Marconi and afaik Vickers and Marconi wrote the software. This is my understanding from the Hanyes Manual and the Vickers Tanks Landships to Challenger 2 book, as well as reading the relevant parts of the Jane's AFV Retrofit book referenced by SH_MM.
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    I´m argentinian. This is gonna cause a political uproar.
  24. 1 point
    MoritzPTK

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    Leopard 2 A7v in recent trials at WTD 91 Meppen
  25. 1 point
    Coastal defence missile system 3K-60 Bal. From left to right: Command center 3Ts-61, transport and reloading vehicle 3F-60, 3S-60 self-propelled launcher.
  26. 1 point
    LoooSeR

    The Whirlybird Thread

    South Korean Ka-32A (HH-32A) Ka-52s near St.Petersburg
  27. 1 point
    Zadlo

    Polish Armoured Vehicles

    That was blue-on-blue but rather with NM 222 (Mk 264) MP-T than with NM 225 (Mk 258) APFSDS-T.
  28. 1 point
    AndreyKryuchenko

    GLORIOUS T-14 ARMATA PICTURES.

    Pantsir-S (VNIIRT TAR), Pantsir-S (KBPA TAR), Pantsir-SA and Pantsir-S top view
  29. 1 point
    AndreyKryuchenko

    GLORIOUS T-14 ARMATA PICTURES.

    T-72B3, T-80BVM, T-90M, T-14, T-15 top view.
  30. 1 point
    Serge

    French flair

  31. 1 point
    Wiedzmin

    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    does type10 have any armour ? nice 21st century hatch lock btw
  32. 1 point
    I have another big batch to post. Some more crossing the line stuff. This one seems to be some other event, not the line crossing. I think this one is from Yokohama. This one looks like it too A huge crane. More Yokohama? Since it looks like one of those Sailors is carrying a Pioneer box, I'm guessing Yokohama again. Also Yokohama? Our old Friend DD-747 I have more to come!
  33. 1 point
    Meplat

    I found my Dads old Navy Slides

    Holy Shit. These are fucking amazing. Grabbed some as wallpaper. Hopefully I'll be able to post some from relatives of this quality soon. Got more than a few who served many tours in Vietnam.
  34. 1 point
    Beer

    Czechoslovak interwar bits

    A bit about the God of War. With Czechoslovak artillery it was exactly opposite than with the airforce. The artillery was very strong and had many very potent weapons, nearly all of them were local design and production. The guns were also widely exported. The field army had some 80 artillery regiments with over 2200 pieces (not counting any fortification guns or auxilliary units). As with most of other weapons large part of them (plus huge ammo stocks - and actually also hundreds of thousands Sudeten Deutsche soldaten) sadly presented a massive gift for the Wehrmacht. A bitter aftermath of Münich. 10 cm Light howitzer vz.14/19 (towed by horses). Very well known weapon used by nearly everyone in the central Europe and during WW2 by Wehrmacht and Italy. In 1938 Czechoslovakia had around 600 pieces. Wehrmacht got 400+, Slovakia 180+. Together with Polish and Austrian ones Wehrmacht later had around 1000 pieces. 10 cm light howitzer vz.30 (for motorized units and so called fast divisions). Very modern weapon for its time based on export Yugoslav model but widely modified for domestic use (not always in the better way due to various compromises such as necessity to allow use of older ammo for vz.14/19). 160+ guns were available in 1938. It was later successfully used by Wehrmacht and Slovakia. The only preserved piece is in USA. 10 cm light howitzer vz.38 (for mechanized units). This modern weapon was never fielded despite it was addopted but too late - the complete order (260 pieces) was canceled after Münich. As with the previous gun it was again based on successful export models F and H (Yugoslavia, Romania, Iran, Latvia, Afghanistan). Germany took 84 guns made for Latvia and sold 57 to Romania and 27 to Finland. Those 27 Finnish guns officially fired 75 thousand rounds during the war and served successfully till 1970'. The prototype of the Czechoslovak version (H3) is on display in Lešany museum near Prague together with one Finnish piece (a place sure worth visiting). 15 cm heavy howitzer vz.15 (usually towed by heavy tractors). This gun was already rather obsolete by 1938 but 40+ pieces were still used. The guns were taken over by Wehrmacht and used on the western front and a half was later sold to Finland. It's on display in Lešany. 15 cm heavy howitzer vz.14/16 (for horse traction). Well known weapon of the WW1. Czechoslovakia used some 180 pieces built after WW1 and they were used till Münich. Hundreds of these guns were used by Italy, others by Austria, Romania, Greece etc. Wehrmacht took around 100 pieces and used most of them in Austrian units which were used to the same weapon. The gun is preserved in Lešany. 15 cm heavy howitzer vz.25 (for horse traction). Czechoslovak army had 340 pieces of this rather light and potent weapon (still pretty good by late 30'). Werhmacht and Slovakia successfully used them till the end of war. You can see this gun in Lešany as well. 155 mm heavy howitzer vz.15/17. This well known French gun was a stop-gap solution in 1919 when the army badly needed whatever it could get to fight the so-called Hungarian Soviet Republic (which was defeated by Romanian and Czechoslovak forces and ceased to exist the same year). Czechoslovakia had 50 pieces but all of them were retired by 1937. Maybe Wehrmacht got them from some storage but there is no record about that. Anyway it used plenty of these guns from French and Polish stocks. 15 cm heavy howitzer vz.37. This weapon was arguably the best of its class by late 30' but as with many other weapons of Czechoslovak production it was largely exported (series K) but not used by the Czechoslovak army itself. When the army decided to addopt this weapon used already by Turkey, Romania or Yugoslavia it was hesitating that long about its modifications (for example whether it prefers a variant for motorized or horse traction) that the first guns were delivered only after Münich. Wehrmacht took a whole batch of 110+ pieces and used them till the end of war. Some sources say that Germany originally signed an order for another production but a lobby from German companies led to its cancelation. The Czechoslovak variant of the gun is on display in Lešany museum. 10 cm mountain howitzer vz.16/19. This weapon was successfully used during the WW1 and extensively modernized by Czechoslovakia in 1920'. It was being transported disassembled into three pieces and with the overall weight 1350 kg it could fire to nearly 10 km distance (the modernized version). It was widely used by Italy, Austria (later Wehrmacht) and in small numbers also by Slovakia and Greece. Czechoslovakia had 66 pieces of which 44 were modernized and dislocated mostly in the mountains of Slovakia. This gun is on display in Lešany. That's it for howitzers. I have omitted many prorotypes, some of which are on display in Lešany as well. Let's continue later with field guns.
  35. 1 point
    Gather round, ye posters of Mechanized! Recent events have indicated that a refresher course on the posting standards of this forum is needed, and so: Reminder that SH is primarily, first and foremost, a document-based forum. While there is a gentlemen's agreement kind of deal whereby you are not expected to post your sources with every post you make, it is implicitly assumed that you actually have such sources and that they actually say what you claim they do. Furthermore, it is expected that when requested, you post the relevant sources. While it is known that not all the information relating to the subjects discussed on this forum is public domain, and that therefore informed speculation is a large part of any debate, it is expected that: A. your speculation have some basis in reality (which can in turn be backed up with at least circumstantial evidence), and: B. that it be presented as such. Here is a very good example of how not to post: You would note that the poster in question is extremely confident in their tone with no indication to the average reader that this is in fact complete bullshit, and has no basis whatsoever for the claims he is making. This is in fact the exact kind of posting that is not desired on this forum. On the other hand, here is a good example of speculation done right: The poster in question clearly explains, by analyzing available imagery and using basic logic, why in fact they have reached their conclusions, and backs it up with references to available literature on the topic. No wild assumptions are fielded as fact, nor are any major claims presented without at the very least circumstantial photographic evidence. And all speculation is presented as such- "a seems to be true", "b seems to be better than c", "I'd say d is the case", and so on. Even a poorly-informed reader can easily distinguish between what is implicitly assumed, what is actually known and what is fresh new (grounded) speculation. For those of you who are new, or just rusty, the posting rules are fairly clear: Kindly re-familiarize yourselves with the rules. And last but not least, remember that the forum motto is Referte avt morimini, link or die. Hiding behind sources that cannot be confirmed, that have mysteriously disappeared, or that "you seem to remember" do not count. While nobody is expecting you to have all your sources at hand at any given moment, it is expected that you either post them at the nearest possible convenience or back off the claims which remain unsubstantiated until further notice. Failure to do so is considered poor taste, to say the least. Many posters who are no longer with us did not heed the warnings and therefore chose themselves the "morimini" route. The management thanks you for your voluntary cooperation.
  36. 1 point
    They always had issues with the prestone tanks as well. That shit would seep through the smallest crack. (it still does) One of my grandad's anecdotes was of a pilot who claimed his P38 was "the tits", but it always came back with scary low prestone. Turned out that at manually applied high boost, it was leaking (spraying) prestone into the intake after the pressure carb, and providing a skosh of ADI. Once it was fixed, "it never ran the same".
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    https://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/argentina-stryker-infantry-carrier-vehicles Strykers to Argentina, potentially.
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