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  1. Laser Shark

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    While it makes sense to ditch the somewhat limited Leo 2 upgrade envisioned in P5050 in favor of a better tank, there aren't really any reasons to postpone this until 2020-25 aside from budgetary reasons. The tanks that will show up in the Norwegian tank trials will almost certainly be the same ones that are available today (i.e. Leo 2A7V, M1A2 Sep v3, K2 Black Panther… maybe the LeoClerk though @SH_MM doesn’t think that’s likely), so we might as well pay up now, but sadly, Erna doesn’t seem to care all that much about NATO’s 2% goal, and is more interested in spending less oil money atm. That said, the opposition parties have been pushing this issue for a while now, and there will be a final battle over this in the Storting next autumn, so there is still a glimmer of hope for those who want new tanks sooner rather than later, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
  2. If they are serious about offering the LeoClerk to customers, I suppose it might show up in the “upcoming” Norwegian tank trials in a few years. As a Leo 2 based vehicle and another European alternative, it’s probably also got a better chance against the Leo 2A7 (the Army's favorite) than the other likely contenders.
  3. Laser Shark

    CV-90, why so much love ?

    The CV90120-T prototype has showed up in the Netherlands from the looks of it. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjWhgmEBQq4/?taken-by=esmeevanwijk
  4. Laser Shark

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

    They announced that it's going to be a regular procurement process, and since the name of the project is “new tanks” (and not “new/upgraded Leo 2s”), it kind of implies that other tank manufacturers will also be able to bid on this contract. That said, considering that the Leo 2 is already an established platform in the Norwegian Army, and we’ve recently invested in a new simulator for it, as well as new Wisent 2 ARVs, and that projects such as new AEVs and AVLBs on Leo 2 chassis are apparently proceeding as planned, it doesn’t exactly seem all that likely that something that isn’t a Leopard 2 will end up being selected in the end IMO. The upper image shows how the ACVS looked like a few years ago (a few prototypes were even built), and it was pretty much just a stretched M113F3 with a shorter superstructure. It seems like FFG took a look at the RFT on the production of these vehicles, and decided to offer us something better than that instead.
  5. Laser Shark

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

    There are not any plans to replace them, no. On the contrary, we seem to be upgrading more of them according to this article.
  6. Laser Shark

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

    In the very long term, you might end up saving money by standardizing on a single platform, yes, but if you’re trying to pitch this idea to the politicians, they’re going to be less interested in the notion that it will be less expensive in 30-40 years from now than the fact that they’d have to make space/ find additional billions of NOK for such an acquisition in the current budget.
  7. Laser Shark

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

    I can imagine that the shape and layout of the ACSV (and the M113 design) might lend itself more favorably for a configuration seen in the image. You probably won't have that much space left in a CV90 with its lower hull and well sloped glacis plate if you cut away that much of the superstructure. That said, for the EW variant you probably could use the CV90 Mk I hull as is, and if it's somehow possible to put the launcher and radar on top of the hull , it could also take over the SHORAD role. Since Norway still has about 30 or so of these hulls sitting around afaik, it might not be that much more expensive either. On the other hand, the ACSV based vehicles are almost certainly going to be lighter and cheaper to operate than a CV90 based variant, and since the Norwegian Army were probably going to have to order a number of these vehicles anyway (for the reasons stated above, otherwise you'd not only have to buy more CV90s, but probably also ask Hägglunds to redesign the CV90 for those roles, and that would be very expensive), it might have made more sense to just opt for more ACSVs.
  8. Laser Shark

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

    Posted A minute ago Having looked at the ACSV image for a while, I now wonder how much of the old M113 is actually left in this design. The suspension seems to be ripped from the G5 (I did not notice this initially), and the hull/superstructure looks different enough from the M113 that it probably has to be built from scratch. What was initially intended to be a stretched M113 might have turned into a new vehicle from the looks of it. I guess we'll be able to tell for certain once the completed prototype is revealed.
  9. Laser Shark

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

    FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft has won the contract on the production of 75-150 Armoured Combat Support Vehicles (AGSV) for the Norwegian Army.This vehicle was originally called M113F4, and was pretty much an elongated M113F3 with a shorter superstructure to allow for various types of modules to be fitted in the back (similar to the Australian M113AS4), such as an Arthur artillery hunting radar module, a SHORAD module with a launch unit for IRIS-T missiles + a multi function radar, and a logistics variant with a 10 foot ISO container. In addition, there is supposed to be an electronic warfare variant that has a full superstructure. An earlier computer model by KDA showing how a new SHORAD vehicle based on the M113F4 could look like. Rather than let the Army’s workshop in Bjerkvik handle the production of these vehicle as has been the case in the past, they decided to outsource the production to FFG. IMO this makes sense considering that there is an urgent demand for these vehicles, especially the SHORAD variant, and the earlier Project 5026 ended up being completed way behind schedule. In any case, Bjerkvik will probably get some work anyway since FFG is also delivering additional upgrade kits to bring M113A2/M577A2 up to F3 level, in addition to the new ACSVs. Speaking of which, it also seems like FFG has made a lot of changes to the original M113F4 design, and it now appears to be more similar to their PMMV G5. The new Armoured Combat Support Vehicle. FFG is having success in Norway these days. In addition to this contract, they're also producing 6 Leopard 2 based Wisent 2 ARVs for the Norwegian Army, and will probably receive an order for 6 more in the AEV configuration to replace the Leopard 1 based NM189 INGPVs. The delivery of the first Wisent 2 to the Norwegian Army happened in September last year.
  10. With the introduction of the new K9 Thunder SPG and BONUS anti armour munition, the Norwegian Army finally has the tools it needs to defeat the Wehrmacht: Norwegian article with more K9 footage: https://forsvaret.no/aktuelt/her-er-k9-thunder
  11. Laser Shark

    General AFV Thread

    I would not be surprised if that's all they paid us tbh. We have a long history of donating surplus equipment to the Baltic countries (they pretty much only have to pay for the shipping), and Norway had no plans for these MkI hulls, so if they weren't sold off, their fate would probably be to sit in some storage building in Bjerkvik or be scrapped. Also, the best MkI hulls have already been converted to CV90 STING and CV90RWS Multi BK, so the remaining ones might have been in pretty poor condition, meaning more expenses for the Estonians besides the costs of converting them to support vehicles.
  12. Laser Shark

    Syrian conflict.

    This is just pure speculation on my part, but one could’ve faked a story about a Scandinavian unit kicking ass in Syria to tempt other far right members to travel down there. Neo Nazis are scum of the earth. Scum of the earth who happens to love war and killing, and it's because of that that they could potentially make for some pretty decent cannon fodder in Syria, provided you can control them, of course. No one in Scandinavia cares if these people end up dead, and more importantly, no one in Russia cares if these people end up dead, which means less crying mothers taking to the street to protest the war. And even if they do end up surviving the fighting, then they aren't your problem anymore anyway. They’re the problem of their home countries who now have to keep an even closer eye on them as they represent a much larger threat than they did before (and it would be another way for Russia to stick it to the countries that are currently placing sanctions on it). Come to think of it, the above also works if it's a true story (or if there is some semblance of truth to it at least). The biggest drawback of this, however, is as you've pointed out that it's very bad PR (though maybe not as bad as it should be since people didn't really seem to care THAT much about it during the Ukraine conflict) to be associated with such people, and if this was indeed a real thing, then it looks like they've done an extremely good job at keeping it under the radar since the anonymous interview and those photos are really the only "evidence" we have that this unit even existed. The fact that the interview was originally published on a relatively obscure far right website could also suggest that it might never have been intended to spread outside of that community if it was a controlled leak or made up story. But again, this is just pure speculation.
  13. Laser Shark

    Syrian conflict.

    Since I'm lazy I'm just gonna quote myself from yesterday when this image was posted on r/militaryporn: "Some context since the OP contains very little information: The defence and security news site, «Aldrimer», recently reported on an interview that had been published on the Swedish far right website «Skandinavisk frihet». In this interview, a man claimed to have served in a unit of Scandinavian volunteers called «Þorbrandr», and that this unit had been fighting for the Russians in Syria during the winter, spring and summer of 2017. The Norwegian flag was apparently the unit insignia, and its commander a Norwegian man who went under the nickname «Norðmaður». The full Aldrimer article with more details and photos (just try your luck with google translate or another translate function): https://www.aldrimer.no/nordmenn-kjempet-pa-russisk-side-i-syria/ Now, if this was something that actually happened or just some Russian psyops shenanigans at work, I do not know..."
  14. I guess they'll want adjustable gas blocks on the additional 15 000 M27s they’re buying, and if they’re doing that they might as well ask HK to modify the current ones as well...? The "new" M38 (originally posted on the HkPro forum):
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