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    Mohamed A reacted to EnsignExpendable in Ukrainian armor - Oplot-M, T-64M Bulat and other.   
    Video cameras ordered for Azovets APC turn out to be regular webcams for doorbells. Since the Azovets has no optical observation devices and relies on video cameras, trials have ceased.
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    Mohamed A reacted to Walter_Sobchak in StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)   
    Unfortunately there was some more to the interview that got lost.  Mostly pertaining to his other book on horses and the German Army.  My favorite comment he made was that he originally wanted to call the book something like "Stuck in the mud and knee deep in horse shit", but the publisher was not so keen on that idea.
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    Mohamed A reacted to Walter_Sobchak in StuG III Thread (and also other German vehicles I guess)   
    Tank and AFVNews.com: Germany’s Panzer Arm in WWII: An Interview with R. L. DiNardo
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    Mohamed A reacted to ApplesauceBandit in Competition: A modern medium AFV   
    LCARV (Light Combat Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle)
    Final submission

        • 2 crew (driver, commander/gunner)
        • Target designation system to help fill role of gunner
        • Aluminum alloy armor supplemented with composite armor and conventional steel
        • Approx. 20 tons combat loaded (without armor packages)
        • 600 bhp diesel or 660 bhp diesel
        • 0.45m ground clearance
        • 0.45 kg/cm2 ground pressure, zero penetration
        • 4.4 cm2 total ground contact area
    Protection (without armor package)
        • STANAG IV protection from sides and rear
        • STANAG VI protection frontally
        • Hull floor and crew seats optimized for protection against mines and IEDs
        • Bulkheads, fuel, and engine provide additional protection to crew.
        • Turret design fully protects crew while hull down
        • 60mm smoothbore autocannon
        • 1 coaxial MG
        • -9°/+30° gun elevation
        • 99 cannon rounds on board.  75 in automated carousel system, 24 ready
        • Programmable (single or 3 round burst, 230 maximum burst RPM, shot placement, ammo)
        • HE with airburst capability, APFSDS
    Minimum size (tracks on)
        • 2.4m height, 6.2m length, 3m width
    Size with armor package, fenders, and cameras
        • 2.8m height, 6.4m length, 3.3m width
        • Armor package not available for air transit
    Other systems
        • 8 smoke dischargers mounted on turret
        • Modular panoramic camera system for commander
        • Target designation and tracking abilities, greatly decreasing workload of commander during gunnery
        • Automatic fire suppression systems
        • Mounting area over barrel for a variety of equipment
    Designed by Little Caesar's Enterprises, Inc. the LCARV is a novel design for rapidly delivering formidable firepower wherever it's needed.  
    With its small size and weighing just under 20 tons, the LCARV is able to be deployed from an AC-130 in a combat ready state.  Its relatively low weight and ground pressure allow superb mobility over unfavorable terrain, and its powerful engine provides it with greater speed than most other tracked vehicles.  In many ways, this LCARV is a spiritual successor of the RDF/LT, taking advantages of the latest improvements in technology and the changing face of war.
    The LCARV shares many parts with the M3 Bradely IFV, most notably the tracks, wheels, and various automotive components.  

    In order to keep the weight low enough for air transport, armor-grade aluminum was chosen for protection, supplemented in vital areas with highly effective composite armors.  In certain areas, conventional steel armor was used as well.  The frontal placement of the engine, transmission, and fuel also improve the crew's visibility with little to no increase in weight.  Beyond creating more material to protect the crew, land mines and IEDs are also more likely to direct most of the blow in the unoccupied portion of the vehicle.  The low profile turret, reminiscent of prior projects, allows the LCARV to fire from a hull-down position while keeping the screw fully concealed.  The ribbed armor on the front hull acts very similarly to the legendary S Tank, but with an even better 83° slope to counter more modern ammunition.
    Various packages are available, utilizing NERA, composites, ceramics, and modern APS systems.  The goal of these is to greatly improve protection against various autocannons, ATGMs, and conventional shaped charge warheads for higher intensity conflicts.


    (Frontal coverage of armor pack shown)

    The main gun is a modified version of the 60mm HMVS by Oto Melera.  The gun is dual feed, allowing the commander to select between firing APFSDS or HE.  The autoloading system pulls the ammunition from the automated carousel at the floor of the turret basket, up into the feeding system to be ready to fire.  The main gun ammunition uses combustible cartridges, with experiments currently taking place with telescoping ammunition as well.  The current projectiles are identical to what is used in the Italian HMVS.  A machine gun is mounted coaxially to the main gun.
    The 60mm round was chosen for its versatility.  Not only is it able to defeat certain older MBTs frontally in some situations, it is also able to effectively use programmable fuzes that would not be possible with smaller calibers.  The 60mm HVMS from Israel and Italy also provide us with a more tried and tested design. 

    A modular panoramic sight for the commander is located at the highest point on the vehicle, removing any potential blindspots.  The LCARV uses target tracking and designation system similar to what may be found on other modern AFVs, allowing the commander to be much more efficient.  After a target is designated, the systems is able to track up to four targets at once, firing on them automatically when ready.
    Additionally, doors at the rear of the vehicle serve both as emergency exits for the crew, and to dramatically ease the process of reloading the carousel.  The turret is slightly sunken into the hull of the vehicle, decreasing the chances of a stray round or fragment jamming the turret.  The turret ring diameter is shared with the M551 Sheridan as well.
    In terms of function, the LCARV outperforms the Bradley in mobility, protection, and firepower in exchange for its ability to carry troops.  The superb mobility and small profile make the LCARV ideal for scouting roles.  With armor packages, the LCARV is able to fill a more direct combat role.  Very few vehicles on the battle field outside of an MBT would be able to beat it in firepower and make its protection irrelevant, while still performing recon roles as well the next day.  In short, you would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile combat vehicle.
    Some numbers:
    Just like my tank crush, the HSTV-L, the thing I made is 95" in height
    Absolute height (tracks to panoramic sight) is 109"

    Length (end of tracks on either side) is 244"
    Length (end of rear tow to front applique) 254"

    Width (hull edge to edge) is 81"
    Width (armor skirts) is 126"
    Width (outer track edges) is 119"
    Width (track center-center) is 102"

    Track contact length: 164"
    Track width is 21"
    Total contact area: 6888"sq
    Track ratio wizardry: 1.61
    15mm front "roof", 44mm UFP, 51mm "turret guard," and 63mm LFP in RHA provide ~110mm RHAe.  63mm turret face also provides that.  Sides and rear at 38mm RHAe I think should stop 14.5mm API.  With some of the new fancy 7xxx series alloys that have been showing up, I think that's possible under 20 tons.
    Unofficial side notes:
    Edit for hull down picture and armor coverage picture, forgot to mention steel.  Typos, format issues, and incorrect numbers were corrected.
    Edit 2:o fuk I only had a drive wheel on one side.  Thankfully, that's only visible in two of those pictures, one where it's a meaningful mistake.  Too lazy to remake the multiview, but the first render is fixed.  Typo in side notes corrected
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    Mohamed A reacted to Bronezhilet in BlackTailDefense Doesn't Know Shit About Tank Design   
    It seems we aren't the only ones taking a piss at BTD.

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    Mohamed A reacted to LoooSeR in Jihad design bureau and their less mad opponents creations for killing each other.   
    Egyptian SPGs, they took Ural-4320 trucks, added armor and mounted Soviet M46-1M (or Chinese copy) on top.

    Lower picture shows same type of modified truck, but with different gun - a D-30 122 mm howitzer.

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    Mohamed A reacted to LoooSeR in Syrian conflict.   
    Did you guys managed to miss a first combat use of Ka-52s? Look at posts about Palmyra operation, ~7-15 pages ago.
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    Mohamed A reacted to LoooSeR in General cars and vehicles thread.   
    Well, looks like not very good idea...

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    Mohamed A reacted to AdmiralTheisman in The "Today in Military History." Thread.   
    May 4th, 1799: The second Siege of Seringapatam, between the Kingdom of Mysore and the British East India Company and the Indian princely state of Hyderabad, ends with the successful British storming of the fortress-capitol, achieved after a siege of around a month. British guns had achieved in opening up a breach, helped by mines, in a weaker part of the defenses, which was ultimately stormed by British troops. The result of the battle was the death of the Mysorean leader, the Tipu Sultan, who de-facto led Mysore in place of the Wadiyar dynasty. Following the battle, along with re-adjusting Mysore's borders, the British would re-install the previous Wadiyar dynasty, establishing a princely state protectorate. The ultimate effect of the battle was the end of a significant faction opposed to British influence, helping to secure British control over the southern part of India.
     While the extent of Mysore's challenge to the British is debatable (some of the books and sources I have been recently reading bout them take a very pronounced pro-Mysore stance, and in my opinion omit information to attempt to improve their case - ie. over-stating progress in the Mysorean navy's construction schemes by stating only their very ambitious construction goals without stating the actual progress attained, or ignoring military defections), they seem to have generally, at least temporarily under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, have been a surprisingly competent and capable force. It is of course easy to recognize the advantage of modern weapons and to attempt to acquire them, something most states during the colonial age succeeded in, the Europeans always being eager to make a profit and to throw a wrench into the gears of their competitors. However, the Mysorean leadership during the period seems to have had a much better grasp than most of the need for supporting institutional infrastructure behind such military machinery; that in addition to having troops with European guns, one also needs effective officer leadership and operational experience, military training, a local industrial base capable of producing one's own weapons, and that infrastructure projects and economic reforms (standardization of weights and measures, promotion of financial systems) are vital for providing the economic base for these armies - and that your helpful foreign "advisors" should be in general taken with a grain of salt; used, but not enabled to make themselves indispensable. While some books may make excessive claims upon the Mysoreans, claiming them to have been of a similar nationalistic fire as the French, and of the same industry and vigor as the Americans, they do seem to have been substantially more effective than the rather mediocre efforts vis a vis the British of the rest of the Indian states during the era.
    Of course, in the case of Tipu Sultan, this is in many degrees overshadowed by religious policy; a debate exists between two sides, one of which claims him to be a stern but fair leader between the Hindus and Muslims of Mysore, while the opposing one claims widespread depredations and discriminations against the Hindu population, as well as large-scale outright massacres in conquered states. It is possible that the second one may bear significant influence from the British, who were always very eager to discredit their rivals (as with all colonizers, although the British are probably the best at propaganda from the lot; it was standard operating procedure to portray local leadership as despotic/immoral/tyrannical/backwards/mentally unsound when they were a nuisance (and to portray them as time-honored/progressive/customary/morally upright/in line with the natural order of things when they were in line properly), Belgian policy against kings in Rwanda forms a good example), but regardless I would have to claim my lack of significant reading upon religious policy from academic sources as to avoid making a firm judgement, although claims about some of the contents of his diary which talked of the conquest of the world by Islam put him in a bad light by modern, western eyes.
    Also reminds me that I should re-read the Sharpe's Tiger, my vague memories involve only escaping some tigers and killing Tipu Sultan. Good romp, sadly the collection I had (most of the series!) was returned to their original bookstore many years ago, although the books are also available online. Reading on a computer is sadly distracting though.

    Tipu's tiger, which also could emanate mock wails of the soldier and growls of the tiger. 
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    Mohamed A reacted to ApplesauceBandit in Competition: A modern medium AFV   
    I better shuffalo the buffalo
    If I don't make a new post, I'll edit this one into the real deal.  This will be more a place for me to horde the pieces of the final submission.  Where my submission lacks in technical details, it makes up for it in eye candy.
    This design actually ended up being a lot smaller than originally planned, now that I'm measuring it compared to the people inside.  In fact, I'd call it tiny.  I might be able to fit the sucker in a plane, but I've have to check the weight and numbers.
    I'm getting this down here because I'm really tired and you can't stop me
    Just like my bae HSTV-L, the thing I made is 95" in height
    Absolute height (tracks to panoramic sight) is 109"
    Length (end of tracks on either side) is 244"
    Length (end of rear tow to front applique) 254"
    Width (hull edge to edge) is 81"
    Width (armor skirts) is 129"
    Width (outer track edges) is 121.5"
    Width (track center-center) is 104"
    Track contact length is 164"
    Track width is 17.5"
    Total contact area is 5740"sq
    Track ratio wizardry is 1.57

    75 rounds in automated carousel system, 24 ready rounds
    Has MG ammo somewhere in there, I know it's got to be able to squeeze in somehow
    Gun is 60mm, 3 round burst
    Gun is feed by 2 separate belts
    Ability to equip APS, ERA, and other fancy things
    Can keep track of several designated targets at once and fire at them to ease workload on commander
    I accidentally made this too small, but I'm wanting at least STANAG IV protection from sides and rear, STANAG VI at the front.  Dunno if I'll still get that now.
    Other stuff tomorrow
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    Mohamed A reacted to LoooSeR in Competition: A modern medium AFV   
    Let's make a memory photo together, comrade judges! We should be ready for tomorrow work.

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    Mohamed A reacted to LoooSeR in Syrian conflict.   
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    Mohamed A reacted to Sturgeon in I Learned Something Today   
    Confirmed for true. I have an uncle who's a theoretical physicist, who just couldn't understand why gun designers hadn't come up with a computer-controlled multi-barrel gun that would "shoot all the bad guys at once".
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    Mohamed A reacted to ApplesauceBandit in Competition: A modern medium AFV   
    3ds Max isn't very nice for telling you how much something will weigh and all that jazz, so I'm probably just going submit eye candy with backstory tacked on.  That was pretty much my original goal anyway, but with less effort in mind on the eye candy part.
    Some parts still need to be worked on, but I'm fiddling with an extra armor variant as as well.  Edit shows current head-on coverage
    I also added fenders/stowage space, rearranged wheel positions AGAIN, added a cap for filling up for fuel and other engine goodies, rear doors (subject to change), and a bunch of little tweaks here and there.



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    Mohamed A reacted to Meplat in The Toyota Hilux Appreciation Thread   
    Probably would have been cheaper.
    I ported and polished the head, B&B'd  the block, mounted a fat Weber dual bore and fitted a Vertex mag.
    The pig would fucking rocket to ~65 MPH then freeze.  It was fucking silly.   Like "INTO TEH FUTUR" whoosh, then BAM
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    Mohamed A reacted to Belesarius in General artillery, SPGs, MLRS and long range ATGMs thread.   
    Begs to differ:

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    Mohamed A reacted to renhanxue in The Swedish AFV Thread: Not Just Strv 103s   
    Strap twenty 10,5 cm recoilless rifles to the back of a truck in 1944, what do you get? Rocket artillery, without the rockets! Of course, to try to fool spies they called it "spare gun barrel carrier, provisional model 1943" (reserveldrörsvagn fm/43, a vehicle so obscure it is literally ungoogleable, at least until now). Later entered service as 10,5 cm salvkanon m/46, but AFAIK only four vehicles were ever manufactured.
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    Mohamed A reacted to LoooSeR in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    Platforma-M robot

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    Mohamed A reacted to Sturgeon in Competition: A modern medium AFV   

    Hondenaaier Ind., Ltd. is proud to present its new design for a revolutionary medium weight vehicle. The CARACAL tank meets every need for a rapid deployment expeditionary vehicle for infantry support, long range fire, anti-tank missions, counter-insurgency warfare, and conventional engagements. The CARACAL tank sports a combination of all-around armor, devastating firepower, and great speed that makes it one of the most well-balanced and relentlessly effective vehicles ever designed.

    Crew: 3 (Driver, Gunner, Commander
    Engine: MTU 871 Ka-501 1200 shp, 2,600 RPM
    Cylinder displacement: 3.97 l
    Total displacement: 31.7 l
    Transmission: Allison X1100-3B, option for HMPT-1000 CVT
    Suspension: Torsion bar, fully compatible with M2/M3 Bradley
    Width: 3.350m, 3.920m w/ Second Chance-Light ERA
    Hull height: 1.240m
    Hull width: 2.160m
    Hull length: 7.140m
    Turret ring: 2.150m (same as M1)
    Ground clearance: 0.46m
    Empty weight: 35 tonnes
    Combat weight: 36-40 tonnes, depending on configuration
    Maximum speed: 80 km/h (governed)
    Maximum reverse speed: 48 km/h (with X1100)
    Fuel capacity: 230 US gallons (870 l)
    Hull rotation time (360°): 8 seconds
    Turret rotation time (360°): 7 seconds
    Armament: 75mm Lancer CT Autocannon, 2-3 machine guns
    Ammunition load: 150 75mm CT rounds, ~9,000 MMG rounds, ~800 HMG rounds
    Stabilization: 2-axis, passively stabilized
    Main gun elevation/depression: 25/-12 degrees
    Ammunition types (75mm): HEAT-MP-T (programmable), HEDP-T (programmable), APFSDS-T, HEAT-T, TP-T, TPCSDS-T, HE-OR-T

    The CARACAL has the most versatile armament of any modern fighting vehicle. Standard armament consists of a smoothbore 75mm automatic cannon, capable of variable rates of fire between 50 and 200 rounds per minute, in three shot bursts. This cannon fires caseless single-piece ammunition from a magazine contained in the turret bustle. The cannon is of the swing-chamber type, with a separate chamber segment that swings to the left of the gun axis under the force of recoil. At the end of its stroke, it triggers an electrically-driven feed mechanism capable of loading the gun at over 400 rounds per minute, limited to 200 in practice. This feed mechanism is capable of feeding the gun at all attitudes and arcs of rotation.
    The 75mm cannon is fully programmable, and is integrated with the tank's stabilization and situational awareness systems. This gives the tank great capability against softer targets like infantry, helicopters, and light armored vehicles. For example, one mode coordinates a three-round burst of 75mm programmable high explosive projectiles, according to the target being engaged. When attacking infantry, the CARACAL's gun fires three projectiles at a calculated dispersion given the range detected by the tank's sensors, ensuring that each projectile bursts above the ground near the target at the very edge of every other round's radius. These rounds can be patterned in line, rank, cloverleaf, and other patterns, for destructive capability far, far beyond that of even higher-caliber artillery guns. Against lightly armored vehicles and IFVs, the CARACAL's 75mm gun can be programmed to either maximize hit probability or penetration. In the former mode, the gun works by attacking a smaller dispersion area against the identified target, ensuring the highest probability of a knock out hit. In the latter mode, three 75mm rounds are programmed to strike the exact same location, allowing the first two hits to detonate or disrupt any explosive reactive or non explosive reactive armor on the vehicle. Likewise, when attacking helicopters, this same capability allows the CARACAL to fire a maximum-hit-probability group at its target, enabling the CARACAL to quickly kill helicopters before they can engage it back. This enables the CARACAL MMEV to dominate its battlespace versus air and ground threats alike.
    The CARACAL is not your average expeditionary light tank, however. With a 2,150mm turret ring, the CARACAL is capable of accepting all M1-compatible turrets and guns, including 140mm tank gun systems designed by Royal Ordnance, GIAT, and Rheinmetall. This ensures that the CARACAL chassis remains competitive in the event of a high intensity conflict with a high density of enemy main battle tanks. Against lighter, less capable offerings from other companies, the CARACAL is in a class by itself.
    With the combination of an incredibly effective and versatile 75mm gun, and main battle tank caliber armament that can defeat even the most advanced threats, the HONDENAAIER INDUSTRIES, LTD. CARACAL MEDIUM MULTIPURPOSE EXPEDITIONARY VEHICLE is the right solution for the unpredictable future nonlinear battlespace of tomorrow!

    The CARACAL MMEV provides the most cost-effective and flexible armor solution of any main battle fighting vehicle available today. At its foundation, the CARACAL MMEV comes proofed against 30mm HEDP ammunition from attack angles as generous as 60 degrees from the horizon. This basic layer of armor not only protects the CARACAL from small arms fire, heavy machine gun fire, and most autocannon fire, but shields the CARACAL against attack helicopter cannon fire as well. Even in the lightest package, the CARACAL protects against high explosive shells as large as 105mm from a distance of 5m, as well as rocket and light antitank weapon fire at severe angles. The comprehensive protection package doesn't end there, however, as the CARACAL also comes with a modular armor attachment system built-in to the base armor layer, allowing it to mount extensive Explosive Reactive Armor and Non-Explosive Reactive Armor packages over its glacis, mantlet, turret, and side skirts. The Second Chance-Light ERA package, for example protects against an additional 600mm of RHA penetration, giving the fully-equipped CARACAL MMEV a total of almost 800mm RHA protection from the frontal aspect.
    Against mines and IEDs, the CARACAL MMEV is protected by a generous 40mm thick armor plate as the base layer, but also has mounting points for additional belly armor packages including NERA and laminate armor. At its maximum threat armor package, the CARACAL protects against TM-72 and Type 84 anti-tank mines, as well as large IED warheads.
    Beyond its passive armor package, the CARACAL also offers upgrade capability with a wide variety of Active Protection Systems, including the comprehensive Regal APS, which couples a computer-controlled multi-function Doppler radar to Low Reaction Time (LRT) projectile dispensers that can intercept a variety of incoming missiles from 600-3,000 m/s velocity. Regal also incorporates a multi-function signal jammer to confuse and deflect incoming missiles away from the CARACAL MMEV.
    Further, the CARACAL MMEV so-equipped with both ERA and APS systems still stays within the weight and size limits necessary for two to be comfortably transported in a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, with roll-on/roll-off capability. This allows the CARACAL MMEV to deploy to anywhere in the world within hours, to everywhere from major airports to unprepared grasslands, while doubling the strategic capability of an armored force versus current heavier main battle tank offerings.
    So protected, the CARACAL is a tough adversary, capable of going toe-to-toe and emerging victorious against the latest man-portable anti-tank weapons, helicopter-fired ATGMs, and main battle tank cannons. Far from being “just another light tank”, the CARACAL MMEV is a true “high transportable” medium main battle fighting vehicle.

    At its maximum weight configuration, the CARACAL MMEV is packing 32 hp/tonne, giving it a full third more power to weight than competing heavier main battle tanks. This additional power, coupled with advanced transmission and suspension options, gives the CARACAL unprecedented battlefield mobility that allows it to attack the enemy any time, anywhere, and melt away before the enemy can coordinate a counter-attack. The CARACAL embodies the modern incarnation of the firefighting tank, able to sprint from hotspot to hotspot to attack and defeat the enemy so that friendly forces can take objectives and defeat the enemy in detail. As a dynamic fire support weapon, the CARACAL is unparalleled; its speed, coupled with its devastating firepower allow it to rapidly support allied forces and defeat enemy air and ground threats alike, making it a key component in future battle plans that demand rapid, total victory.

    The CARACAL MMEV is equipped with the latest optical sensors, thermal all-weather vision equipment, internal radar and early warning systems, laser rangefinders and designators, and electronic network integration systems. This comprehensive optics and communication suite makes the CARACAL the most situationally aware vehicle on the battlefield, as well as the vehicle with the lowest reaction time to any threat. Mounted on the right of the turret is the commander's cupola, fully equipped with all around multi-function day/night/all-weather periscopes mounted around the hatch. On the left of the turret is the gunner's periscope, also an all-weather multi-function model with full thermal and low light capabilities. Both the commander and gunner are fully equipped to fight in any weather under the protection of the CARACAL's armor, minimizing the amount of time that either crewmember must remain unbuttoned. Due to this, the CARACAL can fight at any time, in any environment, including in nuclear threat zones.
    The CARACAL's databus is fully compatible with MIL-STD-1553, and also supports IEEE 1394, giving the CARACAL the most flexible electronics suite of any modern armored fighting vehicle, and that means the CARACAL is an eminently upgradeable vehicle that can adapt to changing requirements and new technology. Likewise, the CARACAL is a fully networked vehicle, able to communicate in an instant with allied air, sea, and land forces through its fully FIPS-140-compliant network suite. All of the network and electronics modules on the CARACAL are also completely modular, easing the demands of full fleet refurbishment and giving the CARACAL the lowest projected upgrade costs of any current armored vehicle.
    THE CARACAL MMEV is the world's future premier lightweight main battle fighting vehicle, able to deploy rapidly to anywhere in the world at a moment's notice twice as efficiently as the modern main battle tank. Capable of defeating all threats, air or ground, while completing mission objectives and providing maximum survivability and battlefield persistence for allied forces, the CARACAL is THE next-generation fighting vehicle for tomorrow's non-euclidean battlezone. Choose to win. Choose the CARACAL MEDIUM MULTIPURPOSE EXPEDITIONARY VEHICLE.
    OOC Supplementary Stuff:
    OK, so this is a section for out of character supplementary info regarding my design, some of which was requested by Colli. First, here's the Caracal with the maximum ERA package:

    It's not a proper render because the render function on my SolidWorks appears to have broken for the moment. Oh well, anyway, it illustrates the package. More to come.
    Alright, I've calculated the total weight of that heavy ERA package, and it comes to 4.2 tonnes. That's based on the weight of Kontakt-5, and the volume of ERA on the Caracal.
    Here's the total weight breakdown for the Caracal:
    Caracal weight breakdown:
    Hull weight, bare: 11.63 tonnes
    Driver's hatch weight: 0.196 tonnes
    Turret weight, bare: 6.08
    Mantlet weight, bare: 0.869 tonnes
    Optics weight: 0.357 tonnes
    Commander's hatch weight: 0.063 tonnes
    Gunner's hatch weight: 0.035 tonnes
    Periscope weights:
    0.014 tonnes
    0.014 tonnes
    Total armor percentage: 56% (without ERA)
    ERA weight: 1.9 tonnes (light), 4.2 tonnes (heavy)
    Fender/side skirts weight: 0.49 tonnes
    Gun weight: 1.144 tonnes (3.3%)
    Ammunition weight: 0.810 tonnes
    Fuel weight (230 US gallons): 0.696 tonnes
    Powerpack weight: 4,300 kilograms (12.4%)
    Track and suspension weight: 0.196 tonnes per roadwheel assembly
    (including torsion bars; 14 total, equals 2.744 tonnes), plus
    3.560 tonnes for all track links, plus 0.185 tonnes for two idler wheel assemblies, plus 0.485 tonnes for two sprockets. (22.2% for all track and suspension elements combined)
    Total estimated weight (current): 34.4 tonnes (clean), 36.3 tonnes (light ERA), 38.6 tonnes (heavy ERA)
    Track contact area is as follows:

    That equals 4.87 square meters area. Here are the contact dimensions, if you want:

    The dimensions of the ammunition, by the way, are 130mmx530mm. The ammunition is perfectly cylindrical.
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    Mohamed A reacted to Tied in T-80 Megathread: Astronomical speed and price!   
    If Tied was the villain of a vampire movie

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    Mohamed A reacted to Bronezhilet in Syrian conflict.   
    From Reddit:
    So yeah, not degenerate, but it could have been more respectful.
    Note: I don't speak Arabic. At all.
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