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  1. That (commanders/gunners??) sight resembles a lot like the CV90's UTAAS, or the other way around I wonder if the soviet's intended to field thermal imagers with these mbt prototypes..
  2. If I understand it correctly, this thing will blow up the internals of an integrated special armor array and will leave a huge hole in a adapted special armor array? (thnx SH_MM) Will this make backplates even more important to stop the jet from penetrating?
  3. DRDO; India's Porsche

    I retract my posts. Never give DRDO the benefit of the doubt.
  4. DRDO; India's Porsche

    You never know with Indians..
  5. DRDO; India's Porsche

    I meant a 300mm thick plate canted at 60 degrees.
  6. DRDO; India's Porsche

    Or they forgot to mention it's 300mm at 60 degrees angle. But then again the L/D ratio is awfull..
  7. DRDO; India's Porsche

    You can see different multiple layers around the driver's hatch, it's barely visible though. It looks to me like multiple layers but I could be wrong.
  8. DRDO; India's Porsche

    Aside from the flipflops in a tank factory, it seems that the UFP is made of some sort of multi-layer armor. It looks like they took the leopard 2 design and made it worse on purpose in every aspect possible. Deleting the special armor array behind the gunners sight, having no armored ammo compartment in the turret bustle with blow-out panels, having a rifled 120mm gun, having an engine based on the leopard 1 engine and having worse turret side armor coverage. The leopard 2 has it's design flaws and the Indians manged to amplify that. Kudos to them for achieving that.
  9. It's not like the Chinese are going to admit their IFV's are nightblind. And going from all the videos and pictures that are available to us, the only IFV equipped with thermals in Chinese service is the ZBD04A. If you count all the ZBD04, type 86A, type 86, ZBL09, Type 92, Type 92B, ZBD05 and ZLC2000 they surely must amount to more than the ZBD04A. Thanks for clarifying that. Sometimes designations get thrown around the internet whitout sources backing them up. Chinese army designation are quite confusing and of course, tanks are being called ZTZ-xx.
  10. Indeed, they upgrade T-series thoroughly but with one missing crucial component: thermal imagers. Expect for the Oplot-M which is fielded in very small numbers.
  11. I'm of the opinion that buying AFV's nowadays without thermals is ignorant and foolish. Thermals have proven their worth since 1991 and any army who considers buying these night-blind vehicles deserves a beating by a thermal imaging equipped opponent. The non thermal IFV's in Chinese service outnumber the thermal equipped one. I haven't seen any upgrade program for the older IFV's to equip them with thermals. Not even the ZBD-04A predecessor, the ZBD-04. I should have said the VT-5 light tank. There was a light tank program initiated by the Chinese army and there where two competitors. The one who won the competition is called the ZTQ-5 and the loser is now offered for export and is called the VT-5. They are both quite similar in capabilities. The IFV that NORINCO offers as the VN-12 is based on the chassis of the ZTQ-5 light tank.
  12. http://imgur.com/FwGiFJX 'Tail cabin type autoloader'
  13. That ZTQ-5 light tank has a bustle autoloader which is quite nice and a good solution. I wonder how much rounds it can store.

    Very nice find. It looks to me that the sights on the epoch turret are related to the sighting complex of the kornet-D.
  15. The ZTQ-5 light tank and the IFV based on the ZTQ-5 chassis have modern sights with thermals. The VN-12 and the type-59 based IFV not. The latter are prolly advertised at cash strapped armies while the former for more wealthy countries. Bear in mind that thermal imagers are quite expensive, especially military grade ones. I recall that the sights and FCS on the original bradley IFV accounted for 25% of the total cost of the vehicle. Even the PLA hasn't fielded IFV's with thermals until recently with the ZBD-04A. Thermals were present at mbt, tank destroyers/assault guns and specialized recon vehicles.