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Mighty_Zuk

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  1. Mighty_Zuk

    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.
  2. It's an inevitable path for the future, but to get there a shit ton of work would have to be made to provide an extremely noise-insensitive, and extremely secure network. Sounds like a project that's bigger than the MBT project itself.
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    Britons are in trouble

    2 questions: 1)What exact components are outdated? If the outer shell holding the armor is changed, and the armor being possibly changed, the internal construction to alter the ammo stowage also being changed, and finally the FCS also changed, I don't see what exactly is left that could be considered outdated. 2)Even if the layout is almost identical (except for TOGS), does it necessarily mean the turret is the same? I don't see why the externally visible components have to be relocated.
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    Syrian conflict.

    Bomb seems to be intact, so it's likely a dud.
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    Syrian conflict.

    The writing fits, but the nose doesn't fit. It should be spherical, as the Spice family uses optical sensors, but this one appears not to have any optics.
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    So the whole commonality thing is now gone?
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    So, the Aussies want an evaluation of only the Iron Fist LC for the Boxer, because it's the only one meeting weight requirements. This means the Phase 3 vehicle will have to use it as well.
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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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    Syrian conflict.

    Unfortunately only a few of the targets were shown in the recent sat pictures
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    Is it just me, or does anyone else get a vibe of a very busy turret on this one as well? Not Bradley tier, but you know what I mean.
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    Britons are in trouble

    It's not really a competitor if none makes Challenger 2 hulls anymore.
  12. It was reported on Israeli televised news, that the Iranian missile launched in 21/01/2019 into Israel, is one with a range of 250km and has a 200kg warhead. The only rocket with such specifications, or at least close to these specifications, that I've found, is the Zelzal-3. The missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome which launched 2 missiles (despite being upgraded a while ago to only fire one missile at a typical target). The Iron Dome launcher was located in the Hermon, and it was said the missile could have hit targets along the center of Israel's coastline, namely Hadera, located 125km from Hebron. This means the launcher could have been located north of Damascus up to 125km from the border. Iron Dome intercepted the missiles inside Syrian territory. We know several things: Iran previously attempted to conduct such strikes and only succeeded after numerous attempts in which the launchers were preemptively destroyed, so they may have wanted to fire the rocket from its maximum possible range. Surveillance over Damascus and everything south of it is especially tight, so they may have preferred to launch it from north of Damascus, as far as possible from it. The Iron Dome's range is still classified, but is said to be able to defeat rockets launched from 70km away. The fact that the Iron Dome managed to shoot down a rocket with a 250km range, and this not being the first time actually (In 2012 I believe, a long range rocket with a 150km range was fired towards Jerusalem and intercepted by 2 Iron Dome missiles), tells us this statistic is misleading, and that the Iron Dome may have capability against long range rockets, or a limited capability against SRBMs.
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    Britons are in trouble

    Is the program budget set for approximately 800 million euro, or are Rheinmetall saying they can do the LEP including switching a gun for that amount? Thanks btw. Still better than the CR2. #ChangeMyMind
  14. I mean, I really don't understand the idea here. Just remove every possible expensive component other than the truck and the gun itself, and put these in long-term reserves? If they want a true lightweight mobile capability they should have gone for L/52 guns similar to the French version of the Caesar (not the heavier Danish version), and you get air-mobile guns that can fit in medium cargo planes in pairs (I think, at least).
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    Britons are in trouble

    Even if Rheinmetall wins the chances of it getting a new gun is 50/50. Peter Hardisty, managing director of Rheinmetall Defence UK, talked in the following video about the LEP: Go to 3:00 for stuff about the Challenger 2. Notice he still talks mostly about electronics, not so much about a gun. Actually I haven't noticed any mention of a gun, so it seems they're either not going that way anymore and are perhaps trying to strike this deal at a low price, and try to capitalize on their know-how on the vehicle to later push for a gun upgrade as a separate program. Also at 2:58 my boy Vago Muradian says:
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    Britons are in trouble

    Honestly, I'd completely support the UK MoD at this point if they'd just pit the CEOs of Leonardo and Rheinmetall against each other for a rock-paper-scissors game and have the winner do the work as fast as possible.
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    Syrian conflict.

    The remaining 3 buildings from that base were destroyed in the strike: This is how that base looked like before Operation House of Cards: In the 2nd picture it says not all the buildings were attacked. It also says the ones not attacked, and shown as the targets in today's attack, are a command post, main offices, and a workshop. Another target in the Damascus airport: And a list of targets here: A total of 6 Syrian AD targets and 4 Quds targets.
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    Syrian conflict.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-launched-surface-to-surface-rocket-in-response-to-israeli-raid-reports/ Israel launched airstrikes for the first time in daylight. Syria responded for the first time with a surface-surface missile. Israeli Iron Dome missiles intercept the surface-surface missiles, and so far the type of missile was not mentioned. One Syrian report claimed 10 missiles were fired at the Damascus airport and targets near al-Kiswah. Russia later reported that all 7 missiles were intercepted with 100% accuracy. Images of impacts should emerge, as usual, in about 2 days.
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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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    Israeli AFVs

    Thanks, I remember now. But it's in place of the unit ID marks. It should be on the rear end. Perhaps because it's a testing platform.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Can anyone identify the white symbol on the Namer?
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    Future of AFVs

    I realized we don't have a topic for a proper discussion of what future AFVs should look like, in the style of a general AFVs discussion rather than country-specific threads. I spotted a revived potential need for future MBTs - a coaxial autocannon to replace the coaxial MG. The reason? An APS neutralizer. Here's my short post on why I think it should happen: I didn't add it there, but I see lasers as a potential alternative. However, I don't think they're viable because of the power required to properly neutralize an APS's components, especially if these components are dispersed, or worse yet, effectively camouflaged. An autocannon will be able to disable not only the APS but other external components all at once. Similar to the engagement method showcased by Russia where they fired 2 Kornet missiles (almost) simultaneously to defeat an APS, a hypothetical mode of operation could include firing a burst of 2 KETF shells at a target prior to firing a main gun shell. An additional alternative could be to use a single main gun ABM shell that would initiate outside the scope of the APS's engagement range (e.g engagement range is 30m so it initiates at 50m), but it would have 2 main issues that are a longer time to kill a target and a greater consumption of ammunition (up to a 3rd of ammo would have to be allocated to ABM munitions strictly for anti-armor operations).
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    General AFV Thread

    What's the story behind that? Last time I've heard of any Russian-NATO member cooperation was between them and France (Atom IFV) but it was quite a while ago.
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