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Mighty_Zuk

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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Clan_Ghost_Bear in Britons are in trouble   
    Maybe, but unlikely. Rheinmetall has pushed this concept for a while, but there are other options as well. For example, a Caesar or ATMOS on a MAN HX truck. I also heard a version of the Archer was offered, although I am not particularly fond of the Archer concept to say the least, as I believe a manual backup is a crucial aspect. 
    The AGM is also an option, and here I would like to mention that it's called AGM, not Donar. The Donar is a version mounted on a Bradley platform.
    There are 2 main reasons why the option of a Boxer-mounted AGM are less likely:
    The real power holder in the UK is Rheinmetall. The AGM is a KMW product. What it stood to profit from the Boxer+AGM idea is an additional sale of boxer drive modules. It could profit just as much from any of the other abovementioned options. A truck-based solution, for example the MAN HX, allows for more optimized pressure distribution, and provides more flexibility to install various platform stabilizers. They're also not limited in payload, when compared with a Boxer. They have a few turreted, and a few un-turreted options, for example the Caesar or Brutus not using a turret, or the ATMOS, Archer, and AGM using a turret, with the ATMOS being offered in both configurations actually.
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Karamazov in The Leopard 2 Thread   
    Own development. Roketsan is a local armor maker with its own R&D.
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from heretic88 in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    @heretic88 aren't you supposed to talk heresy? Because what you just said is basically the consensus in this forum.
     
    Current BMPT with 5 crewmen is shit tier. BMPT with 3 crewmen is leagues ahead. Both exist for the T-15 to shit on them from above.
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    Mighty_Zuk reacted to Lord_James in Tanks guns and ammunition.   
    I present the 155mm S12a APCBC-HE: 
     

     
    46.1kg all together, with an aluminum outer shell, steel cap and body, and Explosive D burster (driving band 'sabot', tracer/burner, and base fuse not created yet). 
     
    From left to right:
    Aluminum shell front (ballistic cap) ~0.8kg  Normalizing cap ~10.8kg  Projectile body ~31kg  Aluminum shell rear (cup) ~0.6kg  2.87kg of Explosive D  I probably fucked up the normalizing cap, so if anyone wants to elaborate, I would be grateful. 
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from DIADES in Upgrading tanks that have steel armor   
    Upgrading old tanks like M60 and T-55 is still somewhat economically viable, but only for poor states, or those with very old fleets. For example Taiwan, Turkey, or the Philippines.
     
    The two big issues are the all steel construction and integrated armor, and the design that accounted for decades old tech.
    Another issue that could arise is cracked hulls but those can be fixed in relatively cheap refurbishment processes. 
     
    Indeed the integration of the heavy steel armor into the construction of the hull, adds a ton (actually, tens of tons) of weight. Parasitic weight. It cuts into the weight of upgrades that can be added thus limiting any sort of applique armor. 
     
    And the tank is obviously not built to accommodate any of the new tech built after its entry to service. Things like NBC may already have been standard on all tanks we can see on the battlefield today, but proper air conditioning was not. Any new sights, sensors, or gadgets, will require a completely new electrical grid coupled with a new generator, for which a new compartment must be made.
    The ammunition has to be carried outside a safe compartment or is just placed in a horribly vulnerable place. 
    The engine is likely no longer supported by the manufacturer, or any other part really.
    The ergonomics were shitty even before any new stuff were added to the turret or driver's station.
     
     
    You either replace so many things that you're ought to buy a new tank at that point, or you make enough cost cutting compromises that your tank is no longer worth shit.
     
    I believe that in about 5 years, upgrades like the Sabra but for any tank built prior to the 1970's, will no longer be viable. Economically-wise, that is.
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    Mighty_Zuk reacted to SH_MM in United States Military Vehicle General: Guns, G*vins, and Gas Turbines   
    Recoil system of the M256:
     

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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from 2805662 in Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV   
    Seems like a show of customizability again. The trend is clear - unmanned turrets. But those who want a manned turret can often get that option from the same manufacturer, even within the same turret.
     
    A single hatch may be less comfortable for exit and entry, but it's doable, and more importantly it saves a ton of space on the roof to add things. On such small turrets, every square inch is valuable real estate. Even on the large turrets of MBTs you will more often than not see an issue of over-crowded equipment.
     
    For normal exit and entry, I suppose they'll just have to take turns unless the Aussies decide they value ergonomics highly enough to sacrifice available space.
     
    In any case when that's not possible, one can lock the turret in place, and exit through a hole in the basket. Not all designs permit that. In some it can be very dangerous, but it's also doable if there's will. Not complicated either, as it takes just not welding a piece of metal to the basket, and adding a simple interruption command to the turret controls.
     
     
    In the Merkava 4 there are now 2 hatches - TC's and Loader's.
    The single hatch variant was an early production one. 
    The idea was maintaining the integrity of the roof armor.
    How he got out is fairly easy: Use the back door. It's actually more comfortable in a lot of cases, and allows for a safe evac when the tank's exposed. Only the driver has to actually rely on his hatch.
     
    I'm now advancing the idea of a rear-placed hatch-less crew capsule with a back door, center placed unmanned turret, and front placed powerpack.
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from DIADES in Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV   
    They're showing multiple options the customer can go with. The focus on this one is killer-killer capability. They're also offering the turret with a COAPS with a hunter-killer capability instead. 
    A smaller looking sight only indicates it's a day channel. They showed the RWS in one configuration with a night channel as well.
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Clan_Ghost_Bear in The Leopard 2 Thread   
    The Carmel program seeks to create a family of vehicles by 2027.
     
    Much like the NGCV, the star of the program is an IFV, because it is the most prone to doctrinal changes and thus required to be the most adaptive combat vehicle type.
     
    And again similar to the NGCV, a tank development program is included there.
     
    And I should clarify again that Carmel is a program for technology demonstration and cockpit concept design. It ends in 2019.
    The full program is named Kaliyah (bullet). It stands for Future Ground Combat Group.
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from LoooSeR in Active Protection System (APS) for tanks   
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Laviduce in DRDO; India's Porsche   
    Is that like an aura effect for Indian modes of transport, or are they intentionally trying to boost some stats on the Arjun?
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    Mighty_Zuk reacted to VPZ in Israeli AFVs   
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Sovngard in DRDO; India's Porsche   
    Is that like an aura effect for Indian modes of transport, or are they intentionally trying to boost some stats on the Arjun?
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from alanch90 in DRDO; India's Porsche   
    Is that like an aura effect for Indian modes of transport, or are they intentionally trying to boost some stats on the Arjun?
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Zyklon in DRDO; India's Porsche   
    Is that like an aura effect for Indian modes of transport, or are they intentionally trying to boost some stats on the Arjun?
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    Mighty_Zuk reacted to Valryon in Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV   
    New turret from EOS and Elbit Systems.

    Brochure
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Lord_James in The India-Pakistan shitstorm thred.   
    The lengths a man would go for some bobs.
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from alanch90 in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    From the video:
    Engine is more powerful (don't claim by how much). Turret construction is "unique", unlike the serially produced version (evident in photos). Gun is the same old 2A46M, but fitted with MRS (Muzzle Reference System). New laser warning system. 360 degree vision provided by a mast-mounted system located on the left side of the turret by the rear. Closed internet connection. Driver's rear-view camera. They still don't know how to build bore evacuators. Ammunition selection system (so they couldn't select the ammunition before that?). T-90M tanks will also be newly-built, not only conversions. Provisions for an APS.
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    Mighty_Zuk reacted to LoooSeR in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    Zvezda full episode/show about T-90M will be aired on 24.02.
     
    Internals:
    https://tvzvezda.ru/news/opk/content/201902211720-chu3.htm
    Commander's position:
       Commander can press a button above his viewport (8 viewports, 8 buttons are visible above them) to rotate his panoramic sight in direction
     
     
    Turret from above:
     
       Heh.

     
     
    Ainet in action (programmable 125 mm HE-Frag shell):
     
  22. Tank You
    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Belesarius in General artillery, SPGs, MLRS and long range ATGMs thread.   
    Spike NLOS 5th gen, or Spike NLOS 2. 
    At 0:45 that's quite an interesting target...
    And right after that they're showing a steep dive in anti-APS mode.
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    Mighty_Zuk reacted to LoooSeR in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    T-90M footage
     
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from Serge in Israeli AFVs   
    Eitan's first prototype still rocking it, this time seemingly testing its run-flat system and a new driver aid system, which I assume is an ultrasonic device for distance measurement.
     

     
     
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    Mighty_Zuk got a reaction from MRose in Israeli AFVs   
    Eitan's first prototype still rocking it, this time seemingly testing its run-flat system and a new driver aid system, which I assume is an ultrasonic device for distance measurement.
     

     
     
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