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  1. according to Kostenko /Yuri Kostenko's book "Tanks (tactics, equipment, economics)"/ - allmost 3 times as expensive (824 thousand roubles including 104 thousand for gas turbine, vs 280 thousand) and he also gave numbers for some sort of "military technology level" - 1.25 for T-80U and 1.15 for T-72B
  2. even IRL sometimes it was very different compared to T-64, for example both 287 and 775 got even thicker armor, and also layered lower front plate 287: two versions of 775:
  3. I guess it was very convinient to Kharkov in late 50s - ealy-mid 60s - that all other tank design bureaus which were also capable of producing revolutionary designs - I mean Leningrad and especially Chelyabinsk, - were busy with designing heavy tanks and then missile tanks, and also it was probably even better that they became constrained by requirement of making tanks using T-64's parts. One can argue whether it is good enough or not. There is also a very interesting question of whether they mentioned that posibility in early 1960s when they were probably making all those nice posters for all those presentations before the Party leaders and so on. Or it was business as usual - that's it, shameless advertising as usual. Also, one can deduce a probable answer to that - given that according to all those plans they had in 1964, Kharkov, Omsk, Tagil and Chelyabinsk tanks plants shoud have produced 8670 T-64s between begining of 1966 and end of 1970 and with levels of annual production achieved in 1970, 12750 more T-64s by the end of 1975. (numbers from UVZ's book on t-62, table chart on tank production plans on page 180, quoting documents of State Comittee on Defence Technology from Russian State Archive of the Economy https://imgur.com/a/E6E10J5)
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    Are there any, erm, general consensus on weight of T-15 (and also T-14) and it's weight class? (Which is even more interesting now, given that KF41 was described as vehicle with "maximum GVW being fixed at 50 tonnes") I mean, for example, there were several claims on weight of Boomerang 8x8. Some articles (including one from Sergey Suvorov, and wich was published in July 2016 issue of Technika i Vooruzheniye magazine) said that it was about 25 tonnes, that there were some other articles which said about weight of 22 or 22,5 tonnes (AFAIK, that's weight of some late version of BTR-90), than several mounth ago TV Zvezda's Voyennaya Priemka said about "more than 30 tonnes", and finally two weeks later there was an article (in russian) where Sergey Suvorov claimed that Boomerang was tested (with sandbags as ballast) with weight up to 34 tonnes. And I don't think everyone (even russian-speaking) with opinion on Boomerang has seen that Suvorov's article.
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    btw, there was GAO's report on GCV proposals, which mentioned following things about that vehicle:
  6. Note - type of 30 mm projectile that BMP-3 armor can withstand is unknown. there was some discussion on the Otvaga forum about BMP-3's protection, starting with this message (and then going for more than an entire page,) which says that it's frontal armor can withstand 30mm 2A42's AP from 300m at +-40 degrees, and side armor can withstand 7,62 B-32 from 0 m at 90 deg, and it seems like BMP-3's sides without additional armor are protected against 12.7 B-32 at some distance - only at angles that are much smaller than 90 deg. BTW, it has been claimed https://imgur.com/a/2Ua7OkE that to withstand 12.7mm B-32 from 100m at 90 degrees one needs 70mm thick layer of same ABT-102 as BMP-3 has (and it is known that it's side armor only 43mm thick).
  7. just a picture from Army magazine, 1973-05
  8. /...erm. Don't remember pressing "submit reply" button and posting the same thing twice / /have to turn it now into something usefull, I guess.../ Andrei_BT posted same 2 photos of 490 full-scale mockup (in slightly bigger resolution than those already posted there) at his FB https://www.facebook.com/andrei.btvt/posts/208734635129637
  9. Andrei_BT made post in his blog, where he also posted another picture of this mockup: ...along with some words about this vehicle been example of cool and too-complicated-for-brasshats-to-understand way of designing tanks - they decided to use fresh new layout to keep tank lightweight, instead of using a traditional one (with more than 2 man inside) and simply adding more armor - which eventually leads to Maus-alike weight. It reminds me of another, 15-20 years earlier, soviet attempt to make the same "great leap forward" using the same design of 2-man-crew-in-turret - Chelyabinsk's object 775.
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    T-14 photos from this twitter post https://twitter.com/livefist/status/1031821827386040320 T-15 (from vk.com)
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    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3308234.html more photos, for example:
  12. AFAIK backpacks were shown outside of the vehicle on renders and scalemodels of notional designs of FCS and GCV ever since mid-2000s. And although sometimes they were shown with some sort of protective covers, sometimes they were not covered on those renders by anything. Without too much digging I can remember one design which was shown with all backpacks inside the vehcle - and that was wheeled OPC CAMEL demonstrator
  13. Oh, that's interesting: and some other design:
  14. I don't get what's the difference between my suggestion about backpacks stored outside, and real-life things like that: (apart from lack of any ERA/NERA armor on this particular Bradley) /...unfortunatelly that blue render is too small to see words written on those 8 things/
  15. Is it possible that those 8 things are simply backpacks of vehicle's dismounts? And may be 4 other boxes were intended to represent other items - like boxes of MREs or whatever else could be stored outside of the vehicle
  16. skylancer-3441

    Documents for the Documents God

    *not sure if this could be posted there or there are a better thread for this somewhere* There are plenty of Infantry Magazine issues available at GoogleBooks, but unforutunatelly they are usually available by default in "snippet view" mode Allthough most of those issues are also available at hathitrust.org , some of them are (or were) not available there, and it's better to have same thing available from several sources anyway. So several mounth ago I've decided to ask GoogleBooks to change that "snippet view" mode into "full view" mode (via this form https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6113327), starting with particular Infantry Magazine issues, and later asking about about other things like some volumes of US DOD budget hearings, and more magazines - well, those of them which are in Public Domain It's rather slow - and sometimes I run out of patience and ask again - for example in happend with Infantry 1974, and overall it took 2 mounths and 3 weeks untill they've fulfilled my request. So far they've made availabe in full view (with option of downloading entire thing as .pdf) 20 volumes of Infantry magazine (out of 83 i've found so far) https://books.google.ru/books?lr=&uid=115590142161999487031&as_coll=1001, and about 100 other erm... volumes... books https://books.google.ru/books?uid=115590142161999487031&as_coll=1004 (And they've forgot about 30 other things, so I'm going to fill that form again). Some of them were made available for both russian and US users, and some for US users only - though apparently Googlebooks defines this via IP, and proxy works just fine.
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    Name that AFV: The New Tank ID thread

    GoogleBooks allows to see like 85 percent of this book, including about 230-240 out of first 260 pages which apparently contain all the images but unfortunatelly that particular page (207th, i guess) with this AReS vehicle is one of those missing (well, locked) pages.
  18. It appears to be much more spacious than another 299-based heavy IFV, one which was mentioned earlier in this thread: which apparently (well, assuming that it had same armor thickness as 299-based tank itself, and assuming that it had constant roof thickness) was almost as low on the inside as BMP-2
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    StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)

    some pics of Lynx from DTR's artilce including one with interior, and some screenshots from Rheinmetall's video - were posted in other thread:
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    General AFV Thread

    it allows to do even more photos from Czech magazine Armady. Technika. Militaria (ATM) 2004-12 (made at Eurosatory 2004):
  21. from this article https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article177428848/Euro-MBT-Panzer-Krauss-Maffei-und-Nexter-praesentieren-ersten-Demonstrator.html photos: cropped 3300 pix wide: non-cropped 2560 pix wide: btw, this site has bigger non-cropped pictures at least 3840 pix wide, but i was not able to figure out what number/letter/word to put into image's link to get one of those.
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    General AFV Thread

    At Eurosatory-2018 - Patria AMV XP with Kongsberg's MCT-30 turret and some truly digital "camoulage" - somewhat overlooked during previous days, thanks to new Patria 6x6 standing next to it (photos from twitter) And also Jane's article on this vehicle http://www.janes.com/article/80942/eurosatory-2018-patria-rolls-out-latest-amv-xp
  23. *not sure whether this goes in this thread or should be posted somewhere else* one can see in this video from Eurosatory-2018 (4:24 and later) https://youtu.be/Vx8fiHB9H28?t=264 (which shows an Rafael representative interviewed by DefenseWebTV) poster on Trophy APS which among other vehicles shows this picture of Stryker with ERA kit, slat armor and Samson 30 turret: there is also an article https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/eurosatory/2018/06/11/rafael-to-demo-lighter-trophy-protection-system-on-bradley-fighting-vehicle/ which mentions this: