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  1. from physical version of Mittler Report issue on KF41 Lynx (low-res scans are posted on htka.hu forum) So, I've made couple of comparisons, to the best of my ability
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  2. It's rarely pointed out because it is an absolute load of bullshit, and most self respecting people have enough of a brain to not embarrass themselves in public by making such inherently absurd claims. Clearly you either have no brain or no sense of self worth if you are willing to put your name behind such an incredibly stupid line of thought. Let us take, as a starting date, the year 1943, as that is nicely mid-war. At that point in the war, the Western Allies were largely engaged in the Tunisian campaign, where other than defensive actions the entire battle of the Mareth line was decid
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  3. A new K2 variant has made it's debut at IDEX 2021, the K2M. From what I all can see it's an offshoot of the K2PL though with minor changes, the hard-kill APS has been replaced with the soft-kill APS system (similar to that of the normal K2, you have the soft-kill radar and the rotatable smoke grenade launcher). You also have additional cage armor applied to the turret bustle. Hopefully more and better images pop up.
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  4. Hi, Just a head's up of a new book just published by the Tank Museum at Bovington. It is Richard Ogorkiewicz's autobiography which he had just completed before his death and which was brought to publication thorough the determination of David Willey, Curator of the museum. I received the book out of the blue as a gift, through I think, the good offices of Richard's wife. The book is entitled "Observer of Cold War tank development", it is 78 pages long and richly illustrated and is full of interesting facts and personal anecdotes. Once available for general sale, it looks likes i
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  5. [title image] Hollow charges and armor protection - their alternating progression The term "hollow charges", which is commonly used in German, is not very accurate for the explosives so called. The somewhat more general American term "shaped charge" is a better description of the measures necessary to achieve the desired effects with these charges. Apart from the explosives used by glider pilots at Fort Emeal, it is of great importance for the vast majority of the extensive and versatile range of applications of shaped charges developed since the Second World War that
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  6. Found a few higher resolution photographs from the recent North Korean military parade. We didn't have a topic for BEST KOREAN armored fighting vehicles, so here it is. New main battle tank, Abrams-Armata clone based on Ch'ŏnma turret design (welded, box-shaped turret) and Sŏn'gun hull design (i.e. centerline driver's position). The bolts of the armor on the hull front is finally visible given the increased resolution. It might not be ERA given the lack of lines inbetween. Maybe is a NERA module akin to the MEXAS hull add-on armor for the Leopard 2A5? Other details incl
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  8. Object 219M with Burlak turret, without APS
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  9. Posted on otvaga, found docs about Armata soft-kill APS. System type is reffered as SPN (anti-targeting system). Kit have 4 integrated sensors (multispectral) of working rocket engines and laser illumination detectors. 4 detectors combined create full coverage of upper hemisphere of vehicle. SPN was designed to not give away vehicle when it was turned on and working, so it uses only passive sensors. On scheme 1 is detectors, 2 are PPU (rotatable launchers) and 3 are 2 vertically aimed PUs (stationary launcher).
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  10. AS21 rollout:
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  11. Longer post in sevral parts. Rosomak wheeled IFV and APC in Afghanistan. Between 2006 and 2014 to Afhganistan where sent 181 "Rosomak's" so 1/3 of overal production between 2005 and 2014. Maksimum number vehicles in Afhganistan where 134. More then 20 where totall loses, and 40 was heavy damages. Couple of the pictures below (opspec ones anf whit fallen soilders will be not posted.) Famous blue on blue, 30mm APFSDS from other Rosomak, whole turret penetration, no KIA and what was mirracle no WIA o.O: After small AP mine (soviet green parrot
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  12. SH_MM

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    The Leopard 1A3's fire control system and optics were derived from the contemporary Leopard 2 development; in particular the EMES 12 steoroscopic rangefinder, the PERI R12 commander's sight and the FLER-H are based on early Leopard 2 components. But on the Leopard 2 prototypes the EMES 12 was not just an optical rangefinder. Paul-Werner Krapke in his book essentially calls it an optical rangefinder with integrated laser rangefinder, which leaves tonnes of room for imagination. The Jahrbuch der Wehrtechnik from 1974 explains some details regarding this arrangement. Basically the las
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  13. I believe these are new (for here) photos of Numba One MBT of World in construction. This CAD drawing also shows glorious thickness of hull protective scheme.
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  14. Spoilering it because it's huge, but here's a good image showing how the armor was added on the M1A2C.
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  15. The 2A6M has just extra mine protection in the form of new decoupled seats and a mine protection plate on the belly. The 2A6A3 is a sort of Ersatz-2A7V its trying to get to the same level as the A7V but with a few discounts. Mainly the extra frontal hull armor, the improved final drive and the APU. But the FCS, controls and optronics will be the same as the A7V. "In March 2019, KMW received an order from the BAAINBw to upgrade a total of 101 Leopard 2A6 tanks. Besides other changes, the operating concept, sight system, fire control system and the chassis will be brought to Leopard 2A7 le
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  16. Wiedzmin

    Israeli AFVs

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  17. Maybe me knowledge will suffice as well. This is the VT-001 (Versuchsträger) prototype of the Marder 2 vehicle. With the introduction of the Leopard 2 there was a need for a new IFV that could keep up with the MBT, both from a mobility and technology standpoint. The German army then put the „Kampfwagen 90“ to life. The requirements were then given to the manufacturers (KMW main contractor) to come up with an offer. Main requirements were for the vehicle to carry at least 7 grenadiers and to protect them against 30mm AP(DS) munitions on the frontal arc. In theory th
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  18. photos of K2PL scalemodel from various twitter users
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  19. Some views through the CITV on an Abrams SEPv2 I got to use today. Incredibly smooth and easy to use, really fun to see which cadets on campus today were a little sweaty.
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  20. Boagrius

    Bash the F-35 thred.

    Apologies in advance for the length of this post, but I decided to throw this together and I hope everyone finds it interesting/informative. If I have made any mistakes please feel free to point them out and I will be happy to correct them. At any rate, the issues with APA's Zero One Comparison Table or "ZOCT" are severe and numerous. Here are some of the more egregious ones based on open source information: The Air Power Australia "ZOCT" is wrong about the F35’s radar. - Greater radar aperture is advantageous if all else is equal, but it is not in this case. For example, t
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  21. https://livepictureevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/08-MS2-Industry-Day-2020_v2.pdf
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  22. Rheinmetall – MBT 130 mm Gun fitted to Challenger 2 LEP Also shows a larger armour array fitted to the turret. Not sure if this is for LEP or RBSL looking to export or to increase scope of LEP: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Challenger 2 ATDU - Early 90's --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- British Companies to Manufacture Military Vehicles in Algeria? An editorial in a Spanish newspaper mentions that British companies are setting
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  25. Already before WW2 Czechoslovak industry rutinely produced heavy extremely thick armoured cast pieces, especially observation cupolas and firing posts for the fortifications. To my knowledge at least three companies were supplying them in hundreds (Steel works in Vítkovice, Třinec and Škoda in Plzeň). They had a lot of experience from working on armoured parts for Austro-Hungarian fortresses and navy (basically all heavy machinery of A-H Empire was enherited by Czechoslovakia). The mass-produced armoured cupolas for Czechoslovak interwar fortiffication had 150-300 mm thickness (pe
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  26. Video of the AS21 Redback with the Elbit Systems MT30 turret test firing the Spike LR2
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  27. SH_MM

    The Leopard 2 Thread

    In the past days, there have been a lot of discussions and news regarding the integration of the Trophy active protection system into the Leopard 2 tank. The short version: The purchase and integration of Trophy has been approved by the German parliament (as the contract has a volume above €25 million, approval was required). The price of the systems (including spares, training equipment, dummy rounds, etc.) is supposedly €40 million, total cost (including integration into the tanks) is more than €100 million. Trophy is purchased for 18 tanks (one testbed and 17 tanks). Rumors say
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  29. 2PL in the field
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  30. Video on the story of the little-known Vickers Mk. 4 (a.k.a Valiant) MBT with some exclusive photos :
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  31. from this article https://m.asiatime.co.kr/news/newsview.php?ncode=1065578054265027 6Mpix 3Mb image w/ 4 renders of K2PL:
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  32. https://twitter.com/Militarium/status/1303364818972401669
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  33. Some info regarding Rheinmetall's KF41 Lynx based on the current Wehrtechnische Report of the Mittler Report Verlag: The Lance 2.0 turret is being offered with two configurations; internal missile launcher (probably the one designed in cooperation with SupaShock for Australia) and the already show-cased confiugration with two external mission pods. Apparently one configuration envisioned by Rheinmetall is to use one mission pod for a dampened dual launcher of Spike-LR ATGMs, while the other is to be fitted with an electronic warfare package. When fitted with the MK30-2/
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  34. Diagrams from student theses: 1. Compartment for equipment and diesel heater. 2. Compartments for equipment and oil cans. 3. Tray for equipment. 4. Air passage from engine compartment and exhaust pipe entrance. 5. Air passage between exhaust pipe and fan chamber, with wading hatch. 6. Main fan, exhaust air. 7. Input Scavenger channel. 8. AC system. Figure 1.2. The band shelf in cross section from the side. Kylare = Cooler 4.2 Exhaust and cooling systems The exhaust system enters the belt shelf adjacent to the engine compartment, then the exhaust pipes follow
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  35. http://www.usarmygvsc.com/soldier-innovation-workshop-considers-abrams-replacement/ Roshindow's take on fixing distortion: scalemodel on second photo shows design known for couple of years:
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  36. Aforementioned video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzYimCkt4Zo I've made some 50 screenshots, all uploaded to twitter - all could be seen on one page there: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1287353695789776897.html (Though this website used downscaled 1200pix version of those 1920x1080 screenshots, so in case one wants 1920pix images, it's easier to download them by opening my posts directly at Twitter. Or one could manually add ":large" after ".png"/".jpg" to every image link) And there is another video, releas
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  37. Okay, as promised: First some boring, uninteresting text, wont translate. There is some noteworthy fact: we exported 50 T-34/85s to Norway for use as mobile hard targets... Anyway... Tanks in test were in fully operational condition, all ammo rack filled with dummy rounds, crews were simulated by wooden trunks. Fuel tanks filled with water though to prevent fire. RPG-7, PG-7V (7 shots, 6 hits, 200m) 1, miss 2, hull front hit, on the joining of upper and lower plates, on KMT mount. Jet penetrated the armor, but the exit hole was only about 3-5mm, and damaged a
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  38. Ed Francis has recently started a fantastic Youtube channel going over British vehicle design and development called Armoured Archives. He has plenty of unseen gems in his videos, including this bad boy: I'll let his work speak for itself: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCIgjPAYn253oyWLsYgiHDw
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  39. Technical analysis/evaluation of the VJTF 2023 configuration of the Puma has been finished at the WTD 81. Note the hull mounted cameras/thermal imagers for 360° coverage, mounted at the corners of the hull.
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  41. Interesting article about T-64 turrets by Andrey https://warspot.ru/5447-probnye-shary-sovetskogo-tankostroeniya Turret with with ultraforcelain inserts (cylinders) from the technical project of “Izdelie 432”, 1961. They returned to this idea in 1968, but the final version was corundum balls KVP-98, which were produced by a ceramic factory in Slavyansk (assembly of inserts with balls). The very development of the turret from the project to the adoption in 1973 took 12 years. T-64 production model turret with a
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  42. https://warspot.ru/17005-teoriya-bronetankovyh-zabluzhdeniy-tanki-v-chistom-pole-i-amerikanskie-stanki Yuri Pasholok's article about some of myths about Soviet armor (1943-1944). 1. Turret ring diamter increase problems Translation of text: Is there an ability to increase turret ring of T-34 tank? Yes, they are. According to preliminary assesment ring can be made wider by 200mm. Is it possible for production to make it? Yes, Mariupol factory doesn't have any problems with it, factory N183 also have necessary machinery
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  43. Not sure if this has been posted before: from: https://thedeaddistrict.blogspot.com/2021/01/about-challenger-1-mbt-weight-breakdown.html
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  45. https://cloud.mail.ru/public/9dEX/djuwzbp4V I've concluded that with my current pace of "processing" my photos of pages from some military-related magazines and books from and usually on 1950s-2010s, stored at Russian State Library, it would take months or years until finally done, so I've decided instead to upload it asap, "as is", with most uploaded by now, and few (in subfolders which would be available via the same link) in following couple of days.
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