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  1. Xlucine

    AFV Coax Thread

    A tank silence would need an absurd volume for the gas to expand into. Interestingly, 7.62 NATO in a 16" barrel and the L44 120mm (per hunnicutt) have almost identical expansion ratios (~5.5, ignoring the substantial pressure difference involved)
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    Deceive the Credulous; Become Fabulously Wealthy

    So long as they're doing it far from civilisation, surely it's a self-limiting problem?
  3. Xlucine

    Bash the Pak-Fa thread

    I thought pixelated floozies normally came from japan?
  4. Xlucine

    AFV Coax Thread

    Per hunnicutt it's 11,400 rounds, which is high but not a world away from other contemporaries. M60 and chieftain are both meant to carry 6,000. Just by comparing volume for the rounds, the ratio looks like 1:2.7:5.3 (for .50:.338 NM:7.62, modelling each as a cylinder with L = OAL, D = rim diameter + 1mm to represent the belt links) Sabots are dangerous, but non-saboted rounds are available - IIRC Nick Moran said he carried a full load of M830 on patrol (not M830A1), and the USMC have a proper HE round in service now for the 120mm
  5. That's a lot of gunfire for one drone. Wouldn't the saudis have bought drone jammers already anyway?
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    An LPD contributing to a naval engagement seems wrong, but I guess in an ASM fight you only need anti-ship and anti-missile launchers (& datalinks to get firing solutions). It will increase crew numbers, which might sap capability for the primary task (i.e. deliver marines to the beach)
  7. Xlucine

    AFV Coax Thread

    Volume is a major penalty for a .50 - the ammunition takes up a lot more space. Typical coax installations can take a belt that's several thousand rounds long, and a belt long enough for an equal length of time firing with a .50 would need several times more volume
  8. Xlucine

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    I wonder how much of the computers and sensors on F-35 would carry over to a new airframe?
  9. Xlucine

    Egregious Aviation Safety Violations

    Blisc looks OK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43818752 There's one blade missing by that guys arm, if the hub lost a chunk then I'd expect it to be fairly obvious. Potentially debris from the first blade loss could have damaged a blisc further back in the engine, but then you'd expect to see more damage to the nacelle
  10. Xlucine

    The Shipwreck News Thread

    Fthwang! I'm surprised it stayed up all these years
  11. Xlucine

    Egregious Aviation Safety Violations

    There's supposed to be, the armour failing is a bigger story than the blade failure IMO
  12. Xlucine

    The UK Brave Space For Shitposting and Other Opinions Thread

    Section 1 of the report summary: Section 7: Section 10: It's pretty clear. UK alleges a nerve agent was used (and has been pretty consistent that it was an attempt at murder), OPCW agrees. 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate isn't a suitable tool for murder, as you pointed out, and being developed in the 50's it isn't really a newcomer either. My bad, a wikipedia editor got overeager 1) Remembering front-page news from 4 years ago is quite impressive 2) So something else we can blame on thatcher?
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    The UK Brave Space For Shitposting and Other Opinions Thread

    Yet the OPCW "confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury", finding that "the toxic chemical was of high purity". The final report states that no precursors were found, directly contradicting the RT "source" on wikipedia
  14. Dude I literally said it in the sentence you quoted. A T-15. And whatever its side armor is, I bet it's a whole lot better than what the BMPT affords, because judging by the position of the grenade launchers, there is physically not enough room for any meaningful amount of armor. The grenade launchers appear to be unconnected to the crew compartment, their box is above the hull roofline. Any side armour protecting the crew will be completely underneath the grenade launchers, not outboard of them