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Everything posted by MoritzPTK

  1. Sure, i am pretty certain that FFG will try to expand in terms of expertise though, facing the upcoming vehicle designs the german army needs. Entering the field of protection solutions however would hard though, since they would face very fierce competition from GEKE, RUAG and IBD (Rh Chempro). They would have to take over a certain subdivision of a company or hire a lot of employees which given the current size of FFG and the time needed to build up the expertise is just not realistic. Here you can also see the small Quadcopter the PMMC G5 could control. Next to the Genesis demonstrator there's also the Boxer logistics vehicle, which would be a very good choice for the german army IMO.
  2. Those aren't shown in the micro exhibition, just the regular vehicle. I've heard that they were working with RUAG for new RPG protection modules. According to the FFG Brochure the PMMC G5 already had modules capable of defeating RPGs so i don't know the exact reason why they did this.
  3. Apparently together with a new version of the PMMC 5 (M113 Rework) with drones, new software and new protection modules
  4. Technology demonstrator APC with hybrid propulsion Made by FFG Flensburg https://soldat-und-technik.de/2020/09/mobilitaet/23977/genesis-funktionsfaehiger-vollhybrid-technologie-demonstrator-von-ffg/
  5. Sure, i said "large parts of the improvements" In general the only real issue should be the cost and whether a second lot of Pumas is coming.
  6. To fricking fast, was just about to post it
  7. Yes, since no contract for the order has been signed yet. I can also imagine that existing systems will be retrofitted because a large part of the improvements were made on the software side.
  8. SEOSS-2 Specs: Ranges for Thermal channel (NATO 2.3x2.3 target)
  9. ATTICA thermal imager video from Leopard 2: https://streamable.com/q3jiau SPECTUS driver camera: https://streamable.com/jhqvek (I don't know how to embed videos on here)
  10. Hey, i can't add much to SH_MMs reply, he already made it clear what i was referring to regarding the Leclerc vs Leo armor, because taking those british documents as a source is problematic. I still also want to add that there never was any clarification or actual source for the claim of the K2 stopping a K279 projectile. (Feel free to prove me wrong on this issue)
  11. Sorry, but K2 seems rather poorly protected. (Credits to Wiedzmin) This tank was overall very badly protected (paper thin side armor) yet still 55t. Together with awfully sloped turret roof as an invitation for any semi modern APFSDS. And for Leclerc vs Leo. The Leclerc offers better protection for bustle and turret side. Apart from that i can‘t get the notion of being better protected significantly elsewhere. For hull i think we both agree that Leo is way better, already design wise, and latest model base armor for Leo in early 90ies withstood LKE I so...
  12. Maybe me knowledge will suffice as well. This is the VT-001 (Versuchsträger) prototype of the Marder 2 vehicle. With the introduction of the Leopard 2 there was a need for a new IFV that could keep up with the MBT, both from a mobility and technology standpoint. The German army then put the „Kampfwagen 90“ to life. The requirements were then given to the manufacturers (KMW main contractor) to come up with an offer. Main requirements were for the vehicle to carry at least 7 grenadiers and to protect them against 30mm AP(DS) munitions on the frontal arc. In theory the armor concept was to be modular, but due to the heavy weight (44t) this was wishful thinking. The armor made the vehicle immune to 14.5mm AP all around, with the already mentioned 30mm protection on the front. It also had a spall liner. The main armament (found in the rather cramped 2 man turret) was the Rh503 35mm external propulsion gun. An innovative concept with quite a lot of firepower for its time (even upgradeable to 50mm if the need arises) with then newly developed Oerlikon APFSDS rounds and just like the modern Puma it had a programmable HE round against infantry. While the Marder 2 for some reason had no anti tank missiles, a major upside compared to the Marder 1 was that the gun now was fully stabilized. Powering the Marder 2 was carried out by the 1000hp MTU Ka-500 from the Pzh2000 and the same gearbox from Renk which is also used on the SPH. The propulsion allowed for top speed of 60km/h (which produced an unpleasant sound for the passengers). In contrast to the Puma the Marder 2 relied on a torsion bar suspension system. The fire control computer was a modified version of the ATLAS FLT2 found on the Leopard 2. The gunner was supposed to use the PERI-ZTWL sight, which was very similar to the EMES-15 (Both with the same daylight cameras and WBG-X thermal imager). The commander had the PERI-RT 60 periscopic daysight (No dedicated thermal imager, just access to the gunners view). While the vehicle was technically ready for mass production, the end of the Cold War (like so often) ultimately was the reason for the cancellation of the program. The only existing prototype now is displayed at the WTS Koblenz. A disappointing end to a maybe overweight and simple, yet very powerful and (in contrast to Puma) maintainable machine. I hope i was able to portrait it in an interesting manner, if there are still questions about the vehicle that i cannot answer, i can ask a curator at the WTS
  13. New Leopard 2A4 upgrade from Roketsan Twitter Video
  14. Small follow-up to the last post. Here are some pictures from the inside of the Lynx, i thought i may share it as there hasn't been much shown of the internals. Very clean and tidy if you ask me.
  15. To list a few of the problems connected to low availability for the Puma: - Lack of purchasement of spare parts (with initial spare part kits for some units only bought this(!) year) - Same thing applies to the special tools needed to maintain the vehicle - Faulty software, leading to the crew having to reboot the entire system. - Different versions of certain parts and software being used for production vehicles - Not enough trained maintenance personel who have been retrained to work on the Puma The main issue of the entire program, which basically is the root for all these re-occuring problelms, is that the political side really pressed down on the price, resulting in a lower amount of vehicles, which raised prices even more. This led to a huge cut in procurement and organisation on the logistics end to save costs in order to buy enough vehicles. As we can all see this has backfired really badly.
  16. https://www.specialised-imaging.com/application/files/7215/6166/3538/SI_AP_Tracker2_Unexpected-events.pdf
  17. Production of Leopard 2 A7+ hulls at METKA plant.
  18. Here you go, sorry for the rather bad quality.
  19. Leopard 2 at Allach KMW plant. Pretty good angle on the hull add-on.
  20. Not as of now, but i am sure i can send a few more pictures in the near future
  21. Leopard 2 A7v in recent trials at WTD 91 Meppen
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