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  1. Xlucine

    The interesting ship photos/art thread.

    Huh, I figured they'd assemble the array as a unit then bolt the whole thing to the hull. Wiring up all the hydrophones must be a pain. I hadn't noticed the casing on the keel before, odd. We should be able to see torpedo tubes from that view as well, I wonder when they're fitted during construction?
  2. For island's you'd be better off with an amphibious IFV, they'll both swim to shore - I'll be amazing if it gets beyond mountain troops
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    The Argentine navy held a press conference, with ROV pics of the vessel: http://gacetamarinera.com.ar/informaron-acerca-de-la-identificacion-fehaciente-del-submarino-ara-san-juan/ 900 metres down, and right next to where the acoustic anomaly was detected by the CTBTO - she's been hidden right where we thought she was all this time. RIP
  4. Good point, I hadn't thought of mountains
  5. You'd have to be pretty light for that to be the best you can get - it's possible to air-drop something with actual armour, and wheeled IFVs are a thing now
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    Good timing, they had just passed the original contracted search time (so probably got to ask for more money) https://news.usni.org/2018/11/15/after-a-year-search-for-missing-argentine-submarine-continues
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    Turkish touch

    It would be an easy training course for ex-M60 tankers
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    Forum Improvements and Changelog

    Get one of those "do you accept cookies from this site" banners, and have that emote show when visitors click "yes"
  9. A ~10kg ATGM is a lot more mobile (and probably cheaper unless you're dealing with dozens of targets), and something like a small recoilless rifle will be cheaper and lighter. It is cute, but I can't see any problem it's particularly good at solving
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    United States Gun Control Megathread

    There's some work looking at self-assembling 3d printed structures (that start off printed as one shape, then transform into the final shape) that's been called 4d. It'd be a pretty neat gun design that made use of it
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    Bash the Pak-Fa thread

    It's working pretty well with F-35, there's bound to be loads of countries willing to pay for Su-57
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    Bring back the rams! Kuznetzov managed to beat up a dock, so she'd totally be good for close combat.
  13. Some kind of APS-proof tank destroyer to take out IFV's & bigger tanks from the rear? I'm not sure what it provides that a butt-load of ATGM's (for equal weight as the 40mm & ammo) wouldn't
  14. As everyone knows, modern documentaries are trash. Reduced to mere grout between advert breaks, with the same old stock footage repeated a hundred times, and the same old talking heads repeating conclusions that were debunked in the academic sphere decades ago. This thread is for proper documentaries, from back before millennials killed the documentary industry corporate media ruined everything. A time when (especially immediately post war) some knowledge of military affairs could be expected from the audience, and veterans were still around to give interviews. I'll start with The Silent Service: filmed in the late 50's, retelling true tales of heroism in the submarine branch of the US navy during WW2. Season 1 playlist: Season 2 playlist: These are definitely a product of their time (the footage of the Japanese sailors is often entertaining for the wrong reasons), but still worth watching
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    Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    https://www.janes.com/article/84260/us-seeks-to-sustain-taiwanese-f-5s-alongside-upgraded-f-16s https://www.janes.com/article/84295/iran-launches-production-of-f-5-derived-kowsar-fighter F-5 is eternal!
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    https://www.janes.com/article/84297/us-navy-considering-re-introduction-of-sub-harpoon Harpoon is really getting old, it's looking like a missile version of the B-52
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    Tank Myths

    Anyone who thinks a tiger 2 was a good tank is bound to favour the impenetrable-even-after-being-surrounded french white elephants over tanks that could actually win battles
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    I Learned Something Today

    Rocket fuel (hydrazine) is used to stop boilers rusting, by scavenging the oxygen in the heated water
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    Why not turret less light tanks? (WWII)

    Mid-30's german motivation was different to german motivation during the war - the other casement designs and late stugs were intended to make the most out of obsolete chassis, but the 1935 stug was intended to provide a mobile 3" (at least more mobile than the horse-drawn stuff used in the last war) that was no higher than an average soldier (so it wouldn't stand out). The osprey book is pretty clear on it being designed to fill a certain role, rather than to make the most from the Pz3 chassis (with a Pz3 gun tank being very respectable for the era), although I haven't read my copy for a while so can't quote page numbers to support my point atm.
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    Why not turret less light tanks? (WWII)

    The original stug was custom designed to provide mobile artillery support to fast moving infantry (after all, the original stug gun fit in the Pz3 turret). Later on the stug turned into an effective way to get a long 75mm into the field, but stug is a thoroughbred mobile artillery for infantry support
  21. Picking 2nd percentile troops is getting pretty desperate