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  1. Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

  2. General AFV Thread

    https://www.hibiny.com/news/archive/154995/ Only in Russia can you find someone crazy or drunk (as in this case) enough to steal a MT-LB from a military driving school, drive it through a town in Murmansk, crash it into a supermarket's front door before getting arrested after trying to steal a bottle of wine from the said supermarket.
  3. The Leopard 2 Thread

    @Serge: GDLS did more than just add "special armor" skirt to protect that hull area. They thickened the hull sides, and that extra thick slab of steel is noticeably longer on the right side, to cover the hull ammo compartment. I thought I had on my HDD a pic of the right-hand side of the hull but I can't seem to find it, so I'm afraid I'll have to make do with the next two pictures, which are comparisons of Abrams hulls by different model kit makers (I have the 1/35th M1A2 SEP TUSK v2 by Meng, btw). You'll note that the hull armor is longer on the right side, by two torsion bars, so to speak. Leo doesn't seem to have this extra hull protection - thickness appears rather uniform. EDIT: why the fuck did the forum software decide to post this without my permission? I wasn't done typing...
  4. http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/blunting-the-army-s-might-govt-scraps-spike-missile-deal-with-israeli-firm-118010300655_1.html Indian procurement shenanigans, again:
  5. Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    ...Slightly...better look at Boeing's MQ25 proposal (that is, if you tolerate videos with quick cuts and whatnot): ...Would've been nice to see its entire planform, though. And The War Zone now has an article on it with pics screenshots: http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17336/new-details-emerge-in-boeings-first-video-of-its-carrier-based-tanker-drone
  6. Probably his way of wishing "Merry Gavinmas" to everyone.
  7. If I watch this video, will I have to undergo chemotherapy afterwards?
  8. Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    Not the Phantom Swift (thank God, that thing looks like a botched abortion to me, only exceeded in ugliness by DARPA's LightningStrike), but Boeing's MQ-25 flying tanker proposal. I confess I'm a bit disappointed, the V-type empennage originally had me hoping for a revival of the Boeing Bird of Prey, instead of another boring X-45/X-46 derivative. Oh, well.
  9. Movie tanks and terrible Vismods

    Does it also shoot at passing fishing trawlers and invite friendly fire? Must stay authentic, after all.
  10. About the MCT-30: yeah, it can. The vehicle down below is an Indian Tata Motors Kestrel, topped with a Kongsberg Protector MCT-30 and Spike launchers; it's definitely doable though the arrangement looks a bit haphazard. As for the MCT-30-equipped Bradley, I guess budget constraints are the reason why we aren't hearing much about it. The Stryker Dragoon upgrade was probably deemed more important and must've cannibalized a lot of the Bradley funding (both development and procurement). EDIT: now I can't decide whether those are Spikes or Javelins, since the launchers and their foam covers look so damn similar to each other, especially seen from that angle.
  11. Retrofitting the new 30mm chain cannon on the Bradley's turret might be more wallet-friendly than swapping the current manned unit for a Kongsberg MCT-30 with a pre-installed XM813, even though the latter combination would improve the vehicle's survivability. Is there any feedback on whether the AFV crews prefer to have a fully unmanned turret, or a manned one where the crew can go topside to surveil the surroundings? As for the missile part, the Bradley is pretty much stuck with TOW, Javelin and Stinger (and each requires a dedicated launcher, unless they come up with a universal container or common launch rail). Hellfire (the radar version, at least) can't be used without those pMHR radars or some forward designator.
  12. Yeah, it should be a 52-caliber barrel...but given the number of typos and awkward sentence structures in that article, I think we can chalk it up as a mere mistake. Anyway, if they've made good progress on the new gun, I hope they've done the same with that proposed autoloader...watching artillerymen manually (and sloooooowly) chamber rounds in the Paladin can be painful to watch.
  13. The telescopic mast hosts the Anti-UAV Defence Systems (AUDS), which is built by a group of UK-based company (including Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems). http://www.blighter.com/products/auds-anti-uav-defence-system.html The official name of this Bradley package is apparently Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense or M-SHORAD. It boasts pMHR radars from RADA and an EO/IR sensor, and is also capable of launching either Stingers or Hellfires.
  14. Side clearance definitely requires a closer look by the engineers - these sponson-like things look like they're begging to snag onto something while the tank's maneuvering around. Anyway, I wonder if they can still fit ARAT-2 tiles on the turret. Some might say they're redundant, but they're meant to ward off EFPs and I'm not sure whether Trophy can perform EFP-on-EFP intercepts. Additionally, the HV adds 820kg to the turret - no wonder TARDEC has been having some concerns about turret performance and balance. EDIT - all credits go to Damian90 on AW forums, dunno where he got the pics from in the first place Stryker with pesticide dispensers Iron Curtain:
  15. Sure, it can. Just a matter of guidance. Of course, its potential would be limited to low-flying aircraft or helicopters, but it can be done. And it's not like it is unfeasible or hasn't actually been achieved already: in the early 2000s, an Israeli AH-64 claimed the first air-to-air Hellfire kill in Lebanon, when it shot down a tresspassing and non-complying Cessna. If a chopper can do it, why not a ground vehicle?