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  1. How do you know the turret is made by the US Army? I try to read every message in this thread but I seem to have missed this.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Not a very old one. The IDF has made several moves to upgrade its D9 fleet. First is getting unmanned and autonomous versions of them (Panda), and having them equipped with a hard kill APS. Elbit's Iron Fist is the key candidate at the moment.
  3. It's not uncommon to be instantly biased for a certain AFV just by how fitting it looks, or aesthetically pleasing it is. Seems the Griffin just gave a stronger more positive first impression on the relevant observers. Despite the rigorous tests and evaluations expected for each contender, this is still an important aspect. Personally, I'm also most impressed with the Griffin. Turret seems to already integrate every major aspect of what the US Army wanted from it (50mm gun, very high elevation, APS). The 35mm system the CV90 and Lynx could take is also compatible with the 50mm gun and ammo, but if they want to impress, they have to show it in real life, not just say they can do it. I've expressed several times my disappointment in Rheinmetall not installing their ADS (now RAP) on even vehicles they co-developed or fully developed. I stand by this sentiment again here. Rheinmetall could have made a better impression with their KF41.
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    General AFV Thread

    The Soviet tradition of buying similar but logistically incompatible vehicles from multiple companies just to appease everyone has been inherited by the Russian Federation, as Russia now buys UVZ's Typhoon trucks, after already putting into service Kamaz's trucks (that were used by Russian MP in Syria). https://www.janes.com/article/84219/russian-national-guard-receives-ural-vv-mrap-vehicles UVZ's Typhoon: Kamaz's Typhoon:
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    And why would the Lancelot 2 point 0 be any cheaper?
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    CV-90, why so much love ?

    Possibly a typo. The CV90 mkIV is marketed as the 5th generation of the CV90 family, so it's easy to make that mistake.
  7. M109A5 driver training vehicle.
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    Israeli AFVs

    The assumption is that it's an FMTV entirely and not a Tatra. But that's only my eyesight.
  9. What the heck is up with that huge ass turret?
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    Israeli AFVs

    Because IMI would be a subcontractor, not a prime contractor. They are already suppliers for much of the equipment produced in MASHA, especially armor, yet are not seen as competitors to MASHA but to other companies. If it utilizes an FMTV truck, on which some part of the original Wildcat is made, then it's no longer a single source buy, and IMI becomes sub-contractor again. Especially if they want a different capsule design and only take IMI's passive armor. Also, what HMMWV variant are you talking about? How does it compare to the newest generation of Sandcats?
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    Australian LAND program

    Here we will discuss all topics related to the LAND program, including, but not limited to, LAND 400 which is the flagship project of the entire program.
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    Israeli AFVs

    EDIT: Have to correct the entire post. The pilot program for integration of females into the IDF's Armored Corps has ended 'successfully' several months ago but now it is reported to have been frozen, as the participants in the pilot program were re-assigned to instructor duties or infantry in mixed battalions (instructors are typically female), rather than be assigned to tanks as their crews.
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    Israeli AFVs

    It appears to use an FMTV's cabin and a Wildcat's armored capsule, which could be an advanced prototype for a Ze'ev replacement. Sadly no purchases of Sandcats are made to replace the HMMWV vehicles. These could really drive up their exports.
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    Of course. Look at the Ukrainian design - it clearly gains a few tens of centimeters in height (the hull, that is). To compensate for the shallower angle of the armor, they have to extend the armor farther forward, which may create an unacceptably front-heavy design. But it's not something that cannot be fixed by moving some shit to the back.
  15. Hardly an issue for a vehicle that is only supposed to enter service in the mid to late 2020's.
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    The Leopard 2 Thread

    Of course I can. Apparently it goes way back to at least 2011: http://www.defence-point.gr/news/νέες-επιτυχείς-βολές-του-leo2-a4-με-πυροβόλο
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    Israeli AFVs

    Screen-grab from that video, showing about 60 Merkava and Namer hulls awaiting assembly. The annual output of that factory has been 30 of each type, and with the expansion of the factory as part of its relocation, they should be able to produce large numbers of Eitan vehicles without slashing Merkava and Namer production, at least until 2027.
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    NOTE: The Israeli Navy is no longer really using the Block 2 Harpoons. It maintained them without upgrading them in a long time because it is believed to have acquired Gabriel V missiles from IAI, and has shown some very limited footage in tests.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Neat video, my dudes:
  20. Sydney J Freedberg, writer for BreakingDefense, shares his views on the NGCV contenders and infers from the talks at AUSA that the Griffin III is the preferred vehicle at the moment. He makes some good points. https://breakingdefense.com/2018/10/general-dynamics-griffin-takes-lead-to-replace-m2-bradley/
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    Tanks guns and ammunition.

    The UK wants a 'swimmer' round for its 30mm guns. Developed by Nammo, this is an only slightly modified APFSDS - the sharp tip is replaced by a blunt one. The round is intended for Type 23 frigates, and will replace standard APFSDS rounds as it is considered to have the same penetration power but with an additional role. Article here: https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/imps-news/ausa-2018-30mm-swimmer-round-set-more-uk-trials/
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    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    What about Leouf? Like, L-oof. Or is it more like, Leff - pronounced like jeff?