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    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    http://defence-blog.com/army/rheinmetalls-unterluess-plant-rolls-100th-puma-infantry-fighting-vehicle.html Don't be confused by the title. This is the 200th Puma already delivered to the Bundeswehr out of 342 on order, with the final unit delivered sometime around 2020. I just hope they're not thrown into some workshop because of certain shortages like they did with tanks, aircraft and whatnot.
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    Syrian conflict.

    Great, then maybe you can answer my question?
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    General news thread

    https://www.dvidshub.net/news/277313/exercise-saber-strike-18-take-place-june Well this is interesting. Apparently Israel will be among the countries participating in Saber Strike 2018. It may need some context; Israel has been trying to get into NATO for quite a while now, and only been blocked by Turkey so far. Although last time I've heard about this a few years ago the plans were to integrate only the navy to NATO. I have a feeling though that this will just be a couple of advisers and observers. Maybe someday we will see those shining Merkava tanks plowing Polan... I mean driving around Europe with NATO troops.
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    Bash the F-35 thred.

    These two have more information (I think Haaretz were the first to report on this): https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iranians-fired-32-rockets-at-israel-during-flare-up-israeli-air-force-1.6110706 This one is more Syria related but still interesting: https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/IAF-commander-Israel-first-to-use-F-35-jet-in-combat-558030
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    Syrian conflict.

    And what did I ever do to deserve such hostility?
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    Syrian conflict.

    They're valuable assets, plain and simple. Need to breach into a building? Get a tank. Need to remove a certain level on a high floor? A tank will do. Want to make sure none will come from any specific flank, put a tank in the middle of the street and you got it covered. Got stuck in an endless firefight? A tank will either relieve you for some time in the worst case, or just stomp the opposition for you. Feel like there are going to be tons of IEDs, and lots of bullets flying around in a certain street? Bunch up behind a tank and let him take it all. All above examples should be done with care, obviously.
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    Syrian conflict.

    1)Where have I said that criticism of myself is treated as criticism of Israel, or vice versa? Any quick analysis of my comments would tell you that I am quite the opposite of 'cheerful' for my government. Or do you really think I voted for any of the top coalition parties? 2)Let's assume that I have actually said something that offended you somehow (as if that gives you the excuse to insult other people), do you really think that changing your view on a certain subject because of that, is not in any way problematic? That implies you had practically no thought process of your own into the matter. I dont really mind whose 'side' you are on, on different topics. If you're not particularly interested in a topic, stay neutral. If you feel you want to invest yourself in that topic, make up your own opinion based on data you find and not on spokespeople. If I made you change your mind on the subject, perhaps you need to reevaluate your approach to the subject.
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    General AFV Thread

    http://www.janes.com/article/80187/australia-selects-spike-lr2 Australia chooses the Spike LR2 missile for the Boxer CRV and becomes the 2nd export customer of the missile.
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    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    From Syrian parade in 1956: Both were armed with the (supposedly) Breda SAFAT 12.7mm machine guns.
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    General news thread

    Sounds great. Doesn't work. A guy goes on a rampage on the street. Should you shoot him right away before he can do any damage, or only after he stabbed you 3 times in the face, 12 times in the chest, and performed a pagan ritual on your body? How do you think Gaza became what it is today? A few settlements were shut down, their residents compensated and relocated, all their property was given for free to Gazans (agricultural equipment, technology, and the necessary infrastructure to create and run a product-centric economy as a kickstart), and they became an independent, autonomous region 100% free of Israelis. Long story short they messed it all up, destroyed all the infrastructure they were given almost immediately, elected a terrorist organization for a government, cancelled all further elections, started several wars, declared themselves uninhabitable by 2020-ish, and now they also cut off the only line of supplies they had. Yeah, I don't think disbanding settlements in unilateral moves, i.e outside any agreements, is going to work either. Been there, done that. Anything else? Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean it's illegal. By all means, it is very much legal. But I want to hear you out on this. What could the Palestinians benefit from the removal of the blockade? Not as easy as sitting comfortably at home and clicking away on your keyboard some nonsense commentary about how those who act, should behave. Why don't you pick up a rifle, go to a conflict zone, finish a tour, and only then brag about how humane you are.
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    General news thread

    Can you give any examples? It's easy to talk from afar, but if you can give me an example of HOW to be more restrained without increasing the risk to troops and nearby civilians on the Israeli side, and WHAT sort of concessions could be made, then we could talk.
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    General news thread

    Because sometimes you have to act even though you know this is what your adversary wants. This has been a lose-lose situation for Israel from the very beginning. There was no possible way to turn this around. First, it's important to understand in what cases the IDF uses the following methods: 1)Arrest. 2)Tear gas. 3)Rubber bullets. 4)Water cannons. 5)Live ammo to maim. 6)Live ammo to kill. ===================================================================== 1)Ideally, every infiltration attempt is handled by quick response units who are geared to make an arrest, even if the infiltrator is armed. In most cases they are armed, albeit usually not for the intent of killing, but that's a topic for another debate. BUT, you cannot make an arrest when there are another 20 people nearby who can assault the soldiers. This is why throughout these protests, the number of arrests has been very low. I think only 2 or 3 incidents. 2)Tear gas is used at any range within the buffer zone. 3)Rubber bullets are very limited in their range. These sand berms are located maybe 20-30 meters from the fence. Many times going to several hundred meters. Thus normally they would only be effective against people who are already at the fence. However, they almost never go to the fence alone. These are coordinated efforts of usually dozens of men. Firing rubber on them becomes ineffective as the rate of fire is very low, and their lethality is substantially increased. When you only have a couple sharpshooters in a position and the border is rushed by 50-something people, you may not have the time to load 50 rubber bullets before it turns into a life threatening event. Thus although they are used, they are not enough in many cases. 4)Range is even more limited, and they're used almost exclusively to put out tire fires. 5)Used against those who enter too deep into the buffer zone, which used to be 300m but was reduced to 100m to reduce casualties, and those who pose a high threat to soldiers - Slingshots, firebombs (aka molotovs), IED kites. 6)Used only against those who are breaching the fence, those who already breached, and those who pose an immediate threat - any sort of firearm, explosive devices (IEDs, pipe bombs, grenades) etc. ===================================================================== There's also the question of why shoot to kill infiltrators anyway instead of just sending quick reaction forces to try and catch them. The answer to that would be.... Google maps. This one is from 2014 and shows a simple map of tunnels coming out from the Gaza strip, but it illustrates my point fairly well: There are villages, towns, and cities located so close to the Gaza strip that you could get to them from the fence in just a couple minutes' walk. Sa'ad in this picture less so, but Nahal Oz, Kfar Aza, and the largest of them Sderot, a city of 25,000 people, are only less than a kilometer from the Gaza border. It's even frequent for houses in Sderot to be hit with machine gun fire. When you have population centers about half a mile away from the border, and a quarter of a mile from your position, you don't take risks. Even a single man carrying a knife that gets past the border fence, past the soldiers, and into one of these, could cause a massacre. Most men, however, who tried to infiltrate, weren't holding kitchen knives. They were packing firearms and grenades. So when Hamas say they're going to breach the border and murder as many people as they can, well even if it's just propaganda talk to rile up the people, you gotta take them seriously, because even if they do live up to their word, they don't lose. It's still a victory for them because they need not only international support, but inner support. It's why they also decided to take the hit and admit 50 of the dead were theirs - They need to show the locals they're men of actions, whether or not that number is real or made up. And that sort of action is not viewed nicely in Israel. ===================================================================== Some cases were reported and went viral, of fire that seemed grossly unjustified, such as the man running with a tire about a month ago, or more recently the doctor that was shot in the leg (I think that even though he was very close to the fence, it's unjustified as doctors are frequently brought there to drag away the injured). But in the end the guys holding these rifles are just normal human beings, and whose judgement and circumstances we do not know. My take from this is that overall there needs to be some more transparency, that some incidents probably should have been avoided entirely, but in a very general sense I think the IDF handled it in the closest way to optimal that it could, given its circumstances. @roguetechie My sincerest apologies for writing this. Just try to ignore it, please.
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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

    Mantis 4x4 ATV in the under 9 ton category: EDIT: To be fully unveiled in Eurosatory (mid-June).
  15. No, these aren't unique to the XM813, they existed on the Bushmaster II in that configuration, I believe, for quite some time. I'm talking about the thick cover around the entire barrel that didn't exist on the standard Bushmaster II.
  16. And externally also a different thermal sleeve. Correct?
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    Israeli AFVs

    UPDATE: Eitan finished 2 years of rigorous mobility testing and will enter a mass production phase within 2 more years, more or less.
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    Syrian conflict.

    I really don't have the energy to deal with you right now so go and try provoke someone else. And yes, I do consider it perfectly legal, legitimate, and even in Syria's fault because I know it pisses you off so much. I know you and @roguetechie have an agenda. I don't mind. I just expect you to act like an adult. Have a nice day.
  19. I know I'm just a broken record at this point, on this issue, but it baffles me how can they in all seriousness miss this amazing and one time opportunity to unify the APS and turret projects into one. It can save a great deal of money. These guys can spare a ton more money to dump on projects than most other countries (except KSA) but even they have serious budget issues. AND it actually increases lethality not because it lets the Stryker live another day if it's targeted with some ATGM or ATR, but because the Stryker is so squishy that it pretty much must have an HFD (Hostile Fire Detection). Why is it only a priority for the Abrams ECP? God knows.
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    General news thread

    So I don't get to voice my opinion? I merely reiterated that some people make mistakes, because judgement changes and gets colder when you cannot see the person. Usually people agree with such stance. If this antagonized you that much, maybe there is also a problem in you. But I can definitely see a pattern here. I will be careful not to speak near you, so as to not antagonize you.
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    Syrian conflict.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/huge-explosions-reported-at-syrias-hama-air-base-cause-unclear/ This seems to be the 2nd attack already on an Iranian SAM right before it could be activated. This time the Bavar 373, which they claim is their equivalent of the Russian S-300.
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    Terror Attacks and Active Shooter Events Thread

    What is it with schools, of all places, being shot up anyway? Why not bottling factories built in the late 70's?
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    General news thread

    You don't have to be rude about it. Many people didn't even know and still don't know.
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    General news thread

    That is literally the most meaningless legislation he could push for. In its entire history Israel has never declared war, and for the last 30-40 years Israel didn't even take part in any war, only limited operations. If he wants this to mean anything, at all, he needs to push for an alteration of a constitutional law, which he cannot pass without a supermajority of, I believe 90 MKs (Members of Knesset). The presentation itself was not supposed to show much new information, except for maybe the last part where they connected the program with currently running programs. The idea was that the IAEA would get access to the entire archive, and it takes time to review. It may take time though until there's an answer. In Kiev there was an outcry because people were shooting at their own. Don't quite remember how it all went down there. That was 4 years ago. Still, the situation in Gaza is not comparable in any way. Over the time, some people who shouldn't have been injured, or killed, were injured and/or killed. But thankfully the numbers are low.
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