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  1. CV-90, why so much love ?

    Norwegian Army CV9030N MkIII outfitted with SAAB Barracuda Mobile Camouflage System, November 2017.
  2. The Leopard 2 Thread

    Perhaps the barrel extension is some kind of coax flash hider? (The M1 has something like that)
  3. The Leopard 2 Thread

    Yes, the coax is still an MG3. Somehow I forgot to answer that question in the previous reply.... Sorry about that. As for the Danish Leo upgrade, it includes the following improvements: Source (in Danish, page 17): https://www2.forsvaret.dk/omos/publikationer/forsvarsavisen/Documents/Forsvarsavisen 01 2017a.pdf
  4. The Leopard 2 Thread

    It does look like it has more in more in common with the A7Verbessert than the regular A7, but as it's based on the A5DK, there is most likely going to be some differences between the German and Danish vehicles (the final designation is probably going to be A7DK).
  5. The Leopard 2 Thread

    The first Leopard 2A7 (prototype) was recently received by the Danish Army, and it's magnificent! Pics: https://da-dk.facebook.com/permalink...id=10042224310 Video: https://www.facebook.com/10042224310...type=2&theater Interesting news.
  6. The Leopard 2 Thread

    The government, its supporting parties and the largest opposition party have settled on an interim tank solution, meaning "new" tanks, either leased or loaned, from 2019. This will ensure that the Army can maintain its tank capacity until after 2025 when the real replacement should be ready. How many or from where isn't clear at this point, however. Source: https://www.aftenposten.no/norge/i/OnnBWE/Enighet-om-Haren-og-Heimevernet---men-noe-stort-loft-far-de-ikke Per the Offiserbladet article I posted earlier, it seemed possible for Norway to loan some Leo 2A6s from Germany, but that was only for a couple of years while our own tanks were being upgraded. Now we're talking about a much longer period of time, and in contrast to the earlier ABC-Spürfuchs deal, the Norwegian government seems more interested in holding an open competition instead of committing to buying new tanks from KMW when the loan period is over. I guess leasing is a more realistic option. Would you mind sharing your thoughts on this, @SH_MM ?
  7. The Leopard 2 Thread

    People are pushing hard for new Leopard 2 A7Vs for the Norwegian Army it seems. It's been a long time since I've seen this level of engagement on a subject that doesn't involve 'distriktspolitikk'. From BFO: Source: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1491162317605805&id=119205921468125 (translated from Norwegian w. Google Translate and by me)
  8. CV-90, why so much love ?

    IIRC the Norwegian and Dutch armies had some deep cooperation planned in the mid-2000s which would involve exchanges of equipment, joint accusations and access to each others training facilities. This included (from the top of my head, so I might be mistaken on some of it): - That the Netherands would transfer 18 of their PzH 2000 to Norway, and IIRC a number of Fennek recce vehicles as well. - Norway on the other hand would supply the Netherlands with NASAMS 2 (upgraded from Norwegian stocks). - Norway would also transfer LEGUAN bridge laying systems to the Netherlands, and IIRC also some mortar carriers. - The Netherlands would upgrade Norway's fleet of Leopard 2A4s to A6. - Norway would develop and produce specialty vehicles based on the Leopard 2 hull for both the Dutch and Norwegian armies. This included a so called Gjennombrytingspanservogn (armoured break through vehicle). All of this seemed awesome, but then the people in FD (our MoD) started calculating, and they discovered that this could not be accomplished without increasing the budget (and this was at a point in time when our politicians were more interested in the opposite), so they ended up pulling out of most of the stuff. The Dutch were not pleased (they still ended up buying most of the stuff Norway had offered them however).
  9. CV-90, why so much love ?

    All the upgraded CV90s come with extra mine protection afaik. I suppose that the main reason for why these are outfitted with 81mm mortars is probably because that’s all the Norwegian Army has atm, and acquiring new 120mm mortars + ammunition would have added too much costs. With that being said, the VingPos Mortar Weapon System was developed on the request of the Norwegian Army, and it is designed to be able to accommodate both 81mm mortars and 120mm mortars, so might be that they’re hoping on acquiring some eventually.
  10. General AFV Thread

    Behold the Gavin longship!
  11. General AFV Thread

    Thanks for the warm welcome! I believe it might be a GPV Colonel.
  12. General AFV Thread

    Norway actually purchased a new combat simulator from KMW a few years ago though I'm not sure if it has been delivered yet. Anyway, here are some images from the internal competition that was held in Telemark Bataljon and Panserbataljonen (for some reason IFV crews got to take part in their competition...) prior to Nordic Tank Challenge:
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