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  1. This sign indicates the Military Load Classification. Leopard 2A7 is ranked with 70. This doesn't have mean that they weight that much (real weight might be around ~66t) but a bridge that such a vehicle needs to cross needs to be built up for the number of tons that is written on the sign.
  2. I think the turret can be turned 180° around to get out. In addition through the floor (if they don't have mine protection).
  3. Well the ABV is not really an optimized engineer vehicle. But you are right D9 looks very nice if it comes to earth moving. Sadly I haven't found any data regarding the earth moving capacity of the D9. I think a large blade gives a good hint but volume /weight per hour would be nice to compare it. Terrier CEV has 300t/h https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/the-bae-systems-terrier-tank-is-the-swiss-army-knife-of-combat-vehicles/ Wisent 2 AEV has 600t/h (~1m3 = 1,5t) http://www.military-today.com/engineering/wisent_2.htm Nevertheless, the D9 has less speed, protection and no mine plow or excavator. So it has lots of missing engineer functions if you want to use it in combination with other military vehicles.
  4. I don't think that wheeled AEV with a functions like Mine Breaching will work. The Plow requires much more traction on the ground than a wheel vehicle can generate. Dozer in heavy terrain (mud, clay/rocks mix, ice/rocks mix etc.) has the same issue. UAE uses Leclerc MBT+ARV but Wisent 2 AEV due to the mentioned reasons.
  5. https://www.janes.com/article/90049/france-to-seek-new-engineer-vehicle I have seen Leclerc ARVs but no AEVs so far. Is the idea of the request to put that dozer on Leclerc chassis?
  6. Besides there is a guy on youtube telling some news about is but I won't call it a source worth to trust. https://youtu.be/EEmpesmFegM
  7. Well, there is some news that RLS wants to go ahead with the Lynx platform and create the MBT based on that. So 1 platform for IFV, MBT, support vehicles etc. From my perspective this makes pretty much sense since it is the same idea for the boxer (everything modular but based on one platform). But since KNDS wants to have some piece of the cake as well this is slowing down the whole project.
  8. Looks quite like a flag of Russia on it... (exchange green by blue). Great military tactics. Hiding under the cloak of the enemy so this is how the EU tries to improve its defence skills.
  9. I heared some days ago that Diehl has developed a new Z track that has the same characteristics as the old one but with 400 kg less. Weight reduction is still a big topic for many Leopard users.
  10. Quite a difference compared to the old Wegmann 76mm Smoke System. Is it blocking both visual and thermal sight?
  11. Well, the plan could be to have large numbers of MBT in the garage to threaten Russia. To operate such a fleet you need MBTs, IFVs, ARVs, AEVs and AVBLs and other support vehicles. So far I don't see that for any type of the Polish MBT in a significant way so it doesn't matter if there comes a third type ;-). Or lets say there are some open challenges.
  12. Great vehicle. Did they solve the blind spot on the right side somehow or is this "don't care topic" in LTU?
  13. So if Bumar has so less problems going ahead with Leopard 2 PL - it should be easy for them to develop the next gen MBT ;-)) https://www.shephardmedia.com/news/landwarfareintl/poland-considers-next-generation-tank-development/
  14. Agree. Lithium batteries in a military vehicle seems new to me as well. The PDF states "Wisent 2 NOR" so must be in use already. But hey Norway is primary market for electrical mobility so why not...
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