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@LoooSeR i just checked again the footage of BMP-3 with Kinzhal turret firing and ejecting spent cases, those clearly are necked down unlike the picture you shared for the Epokha.  So i´m thinking that the Kinzhal is using either the old WW2 57x480mm (necked down 76mm case) or the post war 57x348SR as used by S-60 AA gun, both are necked down but the latter is smaller while the Epokha is using a brand new even smaller 57 cartridge. 

 

 

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   In Kurgan, at the age of 86, the designer of two generations of an infantry fighting vehicle (BMP), Honored Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation Alexander Aleksandrovich Blagonravov, passed away.

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   Nikolay Kucherenko, born on January 6, 1908 (died on 13.09.1976)

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   Tank designer and organizer of tank production, colonel engineer (1945). In 1930 he graduated from the Kharkov Institute of Railway Engineers and entered the Kharkov Steam Locomotive Plant named after Comintern, where he worked his career from the designer of a special design bureau (tank department) of the plant to the head of the design bureau KB-520 and the deputy chief designer of the plant.

   He participated in the development of the T-24 tank, in the design of the BT-2 wheeled-tracked tank and putting it into serial production, was the leading engineer of the experimental BDT-1 tank (BT-5 tank with the BD-2 high-speed diesel engine). He participated in the development and serial production of the BT-5 and BT-7 wheeled-tracked tanks, led the work on equipping the BT-5 and BT-7 experimental tanks with V-2 diesel engines, took an active part in the finishing work on the preparation for the experimental tests A-20 and A-32 tanks, two prototypes of the T-34 (A-34) tank. Before the start of World War II, under his leadership, the Design Bureau provided technical support with design documentation for the serial production of BT-7M and T-34 tanks. During the Great Patriotic War he participated in the improvement of serial tanks T-34 and T-34-85, in the development and testing of experimental tanks T-34S, T-34-85, T-43, T-44 and T-54, staged serial production of the T-44 medium tank at the Kharkov plant number 75.

 

   From 01.08.1947 to 17.08.1949 - Head of the Department of the Chief Designer of the Main Directorate for the Production of Armored Vehicles (Glavtank) of the USSR Ministry of Transport Engineering. He worked on improving the reliability of the transmission of the heavy tank IS-4, took part in the development of the amphibious tank R-39 ("Object 101") and the floating armored personnel carrier R-40 ("Object 102"). From August 1949 to March 1952 he was the chief engineer of the plant number 183 in Nizhny Tagil. Participated in the improvement of the T-54 medium tank. From April 1952 to June 1957 he worked at the Ministry of Transport Engineering, where he carried out research and development work in the field of creating weapons for armored vehicles and equipment, organized work on the preparation for production and serial production of medium tanks T-54A, T -54AK, TO-54, T-10A heavy tank, SU-122 SPG, ZSU-57-2 anti-aircraft self-propelled gun, MTU-12 tank bridge spreader, BTS-2 medium tank tractor. From July 1, 1957, for 11 years, he headed the 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Industry (MOP) of the USSR, ensuring the annual implementation of the plan for the production of medium tanks (T-54, T-55, T-62 and T-64), heavy tanks T-10B and T-10M, flamethrower tanks (TO-54, TO-55), tank destroyer IT-1 "Dragon", self-propelled launchers "Object 803", 2P4 ("Object 804"), supervised the work on the creation of prototypes of medium and heavy tanks, tanks with anti-tank guided missiles, artillery self-propelled guns of high power, infantry combat vehicles - BMP and BMD. From August 1968 to July 1969 he headed the 7th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR.

 

   He was actively working on the creation of a mobilization version of the T-64A tank with a 4-stroke V-45 diesel engine, experimental tanks with a gas turbine engine GTD-ZTL (Object 003) and T-64A with a 9K112-1 guided weapon system (Cobra GL-ATGM) . After retiring in 1969 until the end of his life, he worked as deputy chairman of section No. 6 (armored vehicles) of the Scientific and Technical Council of the MNP. He took part in the development of tactical and technical requirements for a promising tank. He was a supporter of a single tank for the Soviet Army - vehicles based on the T-64A tank. For over 20 years, he was the chief editor of the industry scientific and technical journal Bulletin of Armored Vehicles.

 

   Three times winner of the Stalin Prizes for participating in the creation and improvement of the T-34 (1942), T-34-85 and T-44 (1946) and T-54 (1948) tanks. He was awarded the Orders of Lenin (1942), Fatherland War 1st degree (1945), two orders of the Red Banner of Labor, two orders of the Red Star (1941, 1944), and medals.

 

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13 hours ago, Jim Warford said:

LoooSeR; thanks for posting this info! Do you know exactly where Nikolay K. did his "research and development work" at the Ministry of Transport Engineering? Where is that Ministry located? 

   Don't know much about what and where he was exactly. Ministry of Transport Engineering was ~short lived entity (from 1946 until 1957), it was Narkom of transport engineering before and had plenty of different organisations under it, even something like "Research Institute long-distance radio communication with the test plant (NIIDAR)".

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24 minutes ago, Karamazov said:

What is this?

Isnt it obvious? Its a truck with a trailer, and something covered with tarpaulin, with a pipe sticking out of it :) 

 

No, seriously. I think it may be a T-64, T-64R or an earlier T-64A, going to a museum or exhibit. The tank's rear plate seems to be flat, that rules out T-72. The towing hooks are mounted low, that rules out T-80. 

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38 minutes ago, heretic88 said:

Isnt it obvious? Its a truck with a trailer, and something covered with tarpaulin, with a pipe sticking out of i

Yea!

 

39 minutes ago, heretic88 said:

No, seriously. I think it may be a T-64, T-64R or an earlier T-64A, going to a museum or exhibit. The tank's rear plate seems to be flat, that rules out T-72. The towing hooks are mounted low, that rules out T-80. 

Maybe, thanks.

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1 hour ago, Serge said:

   Pretty good pictures of Epokha turret is on previous page. BMP-3 with Epokha turret:

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   Speaking about BMP-3, here is Iraqi army BMP-3 with addon protection kit:

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10 hours ago, Beer said:

Here is a picture of Epokha equipped BMP-3 with APS and also the strange small calliber missile system.

 

 

   Bulat ATGMs, were covered in SH in few topics/threads. Not much is known, visually they are baby Kornets.

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   People on otvaga continue to dug interesting documents (contract documentation). This time - some of electronic system components for Epokha turret, post is stolen from tankoff.

 

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   Conformity assessment (certification) of an electronic component base of foreign production to radiation resistance requirements for manufactured samples of 32B01 product and its components

   "32B01" is Epokha combat module.

   Interesting bits - 

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   Thermal imagers from different countries, China (1, 2), South Korea, France. Unknown if this is a purchase for comparative testing or they are testing them with aim to put into Epokha.

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   BRM-1K spotted during exercises of the 2nd Guards Taman Motorized Rifle Division of the 1st Guards Tank Army of the Western Military District of the Moscow Region. Vehicles were taken from temporary storage.

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