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  1. Mighty_Zuk

    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    Doesn't it still make diameter very important? It's why for the same energy a bullet will pierce your skin but a truck won't even yeet you across the street. It can't just be the sum of the energy, right?
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    Britons are in trouble

    Now that we know the Challenger 2's Life Extension Program won't include a new gun, there's news coming in that the Warrior's modernization program is highly likely to be cancelled: Axe Hangs Over UK Warrior Upgrade.
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    Britons are in trouble

    Wheeled vehicles are far more mobile today than what many perceive them to be due to experience in WW2, but yeah, it would be absolutely retarded to turn the entire land army into light infantry when they have the Ajax ready in multiple variants.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Welcome to Mighty Zuk's place of mental rest and peace of mind. This is my realm. I've decided it would be best to ditch the old Merkava thread for 2 reasons: 1)It does not feature any bunched up information in its main post, and valuable information is scattered across different posts on different pages. 2)Many AFVs that are not related to the Merkava, or related but are not it, appear in that thread with improper representation. There are other AFVs than the Merkava, and it would be better to refer to them in a general way. As time will go by, I will arrange this thread into a sort of information center. I will take up a few first comment spaces to make sure proper amount of information can be stacked up on the front page and for easier access for everyone. [Reserved for future posts - Merkava]
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    Israeli AFVs

    The rocket may have been modified. After all, we know it's an engineering variant because so far only these have gotten the Trophy system without a turret, and none else has a hive of rockets in the back, fitted in exactly the same way the Tzefa Shiryon mine breacher is fitted.
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    Syrian conflict.

    Yo @LoooSeR. There are talks about Russian MPs guarding the 1974 ceasefire lines between Israel and Syria instead of the former UN peace-keepers that deserted when the war started. Do you think there's enough of them? And how well are they equipped for the job?
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    Britons are in trouble

    If they're indeed talking about 1500 vehicles and not 1400, we get a unit price of more than 10 million dollars. And they say it's to be spent over two decades, which should span its production run so if any of it goes towards maintenance contracts (not spare parts), it would be relatively a minuscule amount, as any significant maintenance contract should last for some 10-20 years after the last unit is delivered. 10 million usd minimum is an absurdly absurd amount. It's even more than the Puma which saw far smaller scale of production and no foreign orders. The Britons truly are in trouble.
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    Syrian conflict.

    Can someone explain to me why ISIS is still treated as anything different from all existing rebel/terrorist groups operating in Syria? They don't have social media presence anymore, no conquests, completely neutered.
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    Israeli AFVs

    AI and assaulting without sticking out your head: The new Merkava tank. The upgrade the Merkava 4 Barack is going through is expected to finalize within 3 years and will include a smart computer, a special helmet capable of giving the inhabitants a peripheral view without exiting the tank, new sensors and touch screens. "It will improve the firing accuracy", said IDF. The Armored Corps is also pleased with the rising motivation for enlistment. IDF is unveiling its new Merkava tank: Merkava Mark 4 tank, which currently serves the active forces of the Armored Corps, in these months, is going through a series of upgrades, so that in 3 years the new tank will enter service - Merkava 4 Barack. The new tank, developed by MANTAK, includes new technologies that will make it more lethal, faster, and better protected than the current Merkava 4. The tank will include an AI system that uses a mission computer that combines all the tank's missions and data in a fusion of sensors, and work with the operational network. The mission computer will be responsible for receiving all the data from the operational network and the tank's own sensors and systems, analysis of the data and its presentation to the commander in accordance with the urgency and relevance of the data. "This way, the mission computer reduces the workload on the crewmen, improves their ability to trust the systems, and will increase the accuracy of location of targets, as well as the chances of hitting them", IDF explained. "Other than the mission computer, the Barack will also have an improved gunner's sight and improved commander's sight." The tank will include a series of sensors and innovative technologies such as the IronVision helmet, that aids the soldiers to initiate assaults in urban areas whilst keeping the hatches closed. The sensors will be a significant part of the support of the operational network, that will inter-connect all land assets, that aids and will aid in closing the firing loops faster. Operation of the tank will also undergo an unprecedented technological facelift. Through the use of new touch screens, the work space will be more suitable for the younger generation, easier and more comfortable to use. With advanced defensive capabilities (Improvement of the Trophy system which intercepts ATGMs), and automation of processes, the tank will lower the burden on the crew, and direct them towards more urgent tasks. Other than the new tank, the structure of the company will also change so that every company will receive a 10th tank and an additional officer for every company. This will increase the share of tanks in the armored corps in which the TC is an officer. The IDF explained that "This measure will enable greater effect on the battlefield on better flexibility in wider engagements, on the company level. This change comes from the understanding that the future battlefield will require more people with better qualification and understanding of the operational environment".
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    Britons are in trouble

    If they prioritize modernization of Warriors over purchase of Boxers, preferring tracks over wheels, why not look at turning the Ajax into an IFV?
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    Israeli AFVs

    I don't really know how these licenses work. If they're temporary and have to be renewed, or can be revoked with a penalty at any time, then they're a problem. The current aid program with the US also created a situation where Israel prioritizes US manufacturing instead of Israeli (nice way to maintain qualitative advantage but basically cripple the industry, which is why there is now a review in progress to see whether Israel should turn down the aid or not), so it remains to see if the US will have a new medium caliber program of its own.
  12. I swear the NGCV is like 100% identical to the Carmel.
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    Israeli AFVs

    It can also prevent the entire sale, but my point is that one cannot really prove the submarines are used in a way the German gov't would not approve of, because of the nature of their operation. AFVs, on the other hand, which were a heated topic between Germany and Turkey, as well as Canada and KSA, can be very easily tracked even by civilians with access to the internet, and thus are far likelier to get hurt in the supply chain when there's an inter-governmental feud. It's true that the chances of any European embargo on Israel are now getting lower and lower as Europe turns more to clean energy, but it's not something anyone in Israel can count on in the near future. It takes decades.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Germany has never imposed an arms embargo on Israel though, not in past wars, and not in recent ones. Plus, submarines are one area that the seller cannot regulate because all activities are secret, including the installation of nuclear weapons.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Very unlikely. The CT40 is a joint UK-French project. Both these countries are considered unreliable arms exporters by Israel. The only other existing high caliber guns that I know of are made by Bofors, which is a Swedish company. And as far as I know Sweden still has an embargo on Israel.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Plus, if there is ever a need, these can be upgraded to 40mm. This is why even though the IDF clearly uses 30mm barrels for it, it says 30/40mm in official publications. A truly well thought, potentially locally developed medium caliber gun will be bought or made for the Carmel, due to enter service in some version by 2027.
  17. Trophy from way back when it was still tested without the autoloader. An interesting video about Trophy and the US's decision-making, that shows just how little contact even the most relevant bodies may have with the industries they're working with, which I believe could be both very easily fixed, and seriously hampers in my opinion, their capability to plan for the future. I hope this is something the Futures Command will be able to fix. The video is courtesy of..... Mike Sparks...
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    APC/IFV armor in details

    If it was really something they wanted to keep secret, the least they could do is put some coating on it.
  19. It seems to be something of an MPF equivalent but unmanned, I think. I don't see any hatches on it at all.
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    Contemporary Western Tank Rumble!

    Yes but they don't say where (it's almost universal that the turret gets better armor), and they don't base their findings on anything. 400mm vs KE and 550-600mm vs CE seems more like well considered speculations than the results of actual tests. There're plenty other, more credible and better-sourced sources of information that provide us with a much clearer picture of the approximate armor values of the Leo 2.
  21. Not really. The domain is still "ADS-something", and they refer to the product as ADS practically everywhere. They only changed the company's name, not the product's.
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    APC/IFV armor in details

    Most NATO-member-made AFVs, especially for marketing, are made to meet a certain protection level described in STANAG 4569. It basically saves the vehicle manufacturers some of the time and money it takes to determine how much protection is required and where. So you will usually see designs that are made strictly to meet certain levels. The norm is level 6 on the front and level 4 on sides, plus level 4a/b vs mines as armor technology allows more weight savings. But some vehicles do deviate from these standards if the manufacturers are tasked with a requirement above NATO's. The Puma is one example of a vehicle that, as I understand, is marketed with a level 6 protection but can actually go somewhat higher, perhaps even 35mm at short range. Lynx KF41 almost definitely surpasses the STANAG 4569 levels in some areas, in its 50+ ton version. Many MBTs are capable of shrugging off 35mm shells. I believe all can do so on the turret, while on the hull it would take for most tanks an applique if the tank isn't angled. Leclercs and Leopards were built and sold with passive or the so-called semi-reactive armor that can both take such hits and survive consecutive strikes. Merkava tanks are built since early versions with high protection to the sides, and Abrams tanks pack multi-layered ERA on the sides that is capable of defeating such shells, at the cost of survivability of the armor. Ariete is an odd one. On one hand, I remember reading it uses large chunks of RAFAEL's ERA, but I don't know how much of the applique is ERA, or whether I read it wrong and it's passive/semi-reactive armor and not ERA. Either way, count it in as a tank that can at least take a couple shots of 35mm. T-14 seems to be packing a lot of passive and ERA on the sides, so the chances may not be all too great even after you pass the ERA, as the side skirts may have some passive armor behind the ERA plates. So overall, you wouldn't gain much from shooting volleys of 35mm at the sides of modern MBTs. But what is 99% sure is that no IFV will ever engage an MBT with such a cannon unless it was caught off guard and managed to spot the MBT first but knowing it cannot retreat.
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