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    General cars and vehicles thread.

    A double-thickness tyre, but only on one wheel?
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    Random Space Exploration Dump Thread

    someone stitched 25 mins of photos from the rosetta mission into a gif https://www.livescience.com/62394-comet-snow-rosetta-twitter.html
  3. On challenger the hole for the mounting stub doesn't go all the way through the hull, and there's a fairly substantial block of steel filling it when the suspension is fitted (also a noticeable bump on the inside). It's not as if you're losing volume from a composite block, I'd be surprised if it made a difference to the base hull side armour A longer swingarm will increase the moment, and so the force on the piston (and add a bit of weight). That'll need either a higher pressure system (adding weight, more chance of leaks and more faff servicing), or a bigger piston (adding weight). You can't assume every system lets you adjust the pressure on the fly. That'll need a super high pressure hydraulic line plumbed out to every unit, which means you lose the benefits of modularity and no hull penetrations (the designers didn't bother on challenger and the mooted abrams suspension last page). Getting the pixies to do it is the easy bit, turning pixies into high pressure hydraulic oil is hard
  4. Peopling of east asia becomes more complicated https://www.sciencenews.org/article/shangchen-stone-tools-put-early-hominids-china-earlier
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    Britons are in trouble

    I can't find the £700mil budget mentioned in any reliable defence sources, and poking janes (unfortunately on the paywalled bit, the chally 2 profile towards the bottom if anyone has access) gives a value for the budget of ~£240mil (so ~£1mil/tank). MoD spending £3mil/tank on only an FCS upgrade is not going to happen - I bet most of those "defence sources" are from KMW, so of course they'd say their offer was cheaper. The leo2a4 part is a guess on my part, I didn't know there was (emphasis on was now though) that many spare leo2a6s knocking around and the article didn't go into detail
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    Bash the F-35 thred.

    I think he means "carry in the tests", he moans about the A-10's not having a full loadout too
  7. If I were a tanker, I'd be most worried about throwing a track. They're meant to adjust the tension as they kneel, but losing a track as you back out of a firing position would be rather terminal I'm picturing a Big Hydraulic Turny Thing™ between the end of the bar and the hull, probably with a dog clutch or similar to lock it in position when you're driving. Dunno what has been used previously, but that looks like a elegant solution to me They already do, any gas is going to do thermodynamic things as the temperature changes FTFY
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    European Union common defense thread

    The pensions thing counts for everyone, it's a standard NATO accounting method
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    Name that AFV: The New Tank ID thread

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    Bash the F-35 thred.

    That's a goldmine. They've fallen hook line & sinker for the "flying tank" myth (remember, the same A-10 that was too squishy to be sent against iraqi forces in '91), but this is the best bit: Counterbattery fire will totally disrupt AA systems! There will totally be enough tanks running round the battlefield to keep every AA missile launcher distracted, but the troops still need air support before they're overrun!
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    Britons are in trouble

    Tanks aren't the highest priority for the UK at the moment (heresy in an offshoot from the WoT forums, I know). Compare the cost of the upgrade to the cost of a single A-boat or T26, for example - heavy armour is pretty low down the pecking order of priority spending. Hell, a single T31e would fund a £1mil/tank upgrade across the fleet ... as opposed to? £3.5mil ea.? Cheaper? A new set of modern sights and a computer refresh will not cost that much, given the (probably) leo2a4 -> a7v upgrade is stated here as £1mil ea.
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    The UK Brave Space For Shitposting and Other Opinions Thread

    The blond one has followed (Boris Johnson). None of them were remainers, this is just arch-brexiteers throwing a tantrum because we aren't burning bridges fast enough
  13. It's a very different design to the suspension on challenger: It looks like they're integrated the cylinder with the swingarm, which is a clever thing to do.
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    So you develop a railgun shrapnel round, which won't need a major HE fill. More mass for the fragments (without a proper HE fill) means more area covered
  15. Disappointed that we've lost the chance for england vs russia at the world cup, that would have been a fun game
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    Britons are in trouble

    That'll never happen, there's nowhere near enough spare manpower to sail her. Victory took more crew than the carrier does!
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    Do you really need HE fill at railgun velocities? >2.9 km/s you're matching TNT for energy density in pure KE, and for a typical ~23% TNT mass in a whole artillery shell you only need to impact at 1.4 km/s to match the energy delivered
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    Australia has chosen the BAE T26 design for their new frigates https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/theresa-may-hails-biggest-naval-defence-contract-for-a-decade-as-australia-picks-type-26-frigate/ Hopefully canada follows suit - it won't really help the UK economy at all (as the canadian and australian programs are local production), but it'd be neat to have a commonwealth user group for T26
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    General AFV Thread

    I like the berlin camo
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    Oops https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/video-pictures-german-frigate-significantly-damaged-during-missile-misfire/ No reports of injuries so far, which is good
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    A conformal sonar array on a torpedo that stretches that far back on the nose is true fluid dynamics dark magic
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    Non-exploding infantry hardware thread.

    What's up with the weird magazine holder? Some way to show the weapon is clear (combined with the chamber flag) while still keeping rounds on hand if needed?
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    GOTTA GO FAST (Speedrunning)

    I did not know the forum could embed twitch videos