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  1. From https://history.army.mil/books/Studies/sunell/sunell.htm, thought it was relevant to the current conversation. General Sunell: Well, General [Robert J.] Baer was the tank program manager for a long time, and he had a very close relationship with Fort Knox. The reason I can discuss the tank program is because I left the Armored Reconnaissance Scout Vehicle (ARSV) task force and became the deputy program manager for the XM1 tank where I worked for General Baer. General Baer, in effect, said, "This is what all these different items cost on a tank, and I have a $507,000 ceili
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  2. You must be insane, @XhaxhiEnver; truly. When comparing the cost of a series production, you use a single year’s dollar equivalent, which accounts for in/deflation, because the uncorrected values will indeed skew the final costs. It is a common, accepted practice to use the value of the dollar (or whatever currency) of the first year of production of an item, for all years that the item was produced. Ergo, if you want to compare the unit cost of the M1 over its production run, you would most likely use the value of the M1 in the first year it was produced. Inflation will make the c
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  3. T-80U-E1s circus performance
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  4. Book on Puma in english and available as a PDF
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  5. I saw a bunch of posts in this thread and I was worried that US politics might have gone back to being sane. But nope. Still crazy. We're good.
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  6. Let’s not turn this into the “Bash Walt” thread. I’m sure many of us have been put through the ringer with the “you’re racist” crap, for years, just because we’re “not in the correct party” or “don’t have the same views” as others. THAT is far more prejudiced, biased, and narrow minded than anything I have seen IRL from all the ‘gun touting, Jesus worshipping, truck driving, boot wearing, horse riding, flag waving’ southerners I have lived with. The only racism I ever knew were stories of the klan, who I have never seen and always assumed were almost extinct, with a bunch of meth
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  7. The more you falsely accuse people of racism the less people will care about being accused of racism. /bigthinkmeme.jpg
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  8. Then your experience with conservatives has been very different than mine.
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  9. I did read the document, and your conclusions from it are so off-base that I'm not sure you read it. Consider, for example, the closing remarks, on page III of the document (page 6 of the PDF): "small real cost growth" is not at all the situation you describe. A growth of 19%, mostly because extra features were added in? say it ain't so! And again, 19% growth for features, mainly the strengthened powertrain, is literal taxpayer rape. wew. Also, the 507k is hardware costs for a single vehicle. Doubling the order for what is pretty much the same hardware cost per un
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  10. It has to do with the Abrams development mostly evolving from a cut down MBT-70. Ending up more expensive than the M-60 is mostly irrelevant because by that time the M60 was entirely obsolete, and therefore could not fill the role required, nor could any vehicle of equivalent cost. For the defined role, the Abrams as designed was a very austere design with few exceptions, and if you think for some reason that the Abrams wasn't designed under some pretty strict cost limits you are sorely mistaken and are more than invited to re-read Hunnicutt. Also penny pinching in general is a figure of
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  11. This time, photo taken by myself. APC Rosomak firing single 81mm camouflage granate GAK-81 single 81mm in 1st salvo: and single 81mm in 2th salvo: And this one was mucht difficult due to weather conditions. Six 120mm motar round on one picture: And twins: And the result: In summary - 120mm SMK Rak is very good weapons, very powerfull modern and now the best serial produce in the world. Nice that at least one type of weapons producing in my
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  12. Beer

    Czechoslovak interwar bits

    A bit about the God of War. With Czechoslovak artillery it was exactly opposite than with the airforce. The artillery was very strong and had many very potent weapons, nearly all of them were local design and production. The guns were also widely exported. The field army had some 80 artillery regiments with over 2200 pieces (not counting any fortification guns or auxilliary units). As with most of other weapons large part of them (plus huge ammo stocks - and actually also hundreds of thousands Sudeten Deutsche soldaten) sadly presented a massive gift for the Wehrmacht. A bitter aftermath of Mü
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  13. First of Israel's Sa'ar 6 ships laid, pending a ceremony. By end of 2019 it should arrive in Israel, where it will undergo a refitting process of approximately 1 year. A total of 4 ships are planned. They're not big and bad. Their *armament is modest. But they'll serve well. *armament: 16x unspecified anti-ship missile. 32x Barak 8 SAM. 40x C-Dome SAM. 1x 76mm gun.
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