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    Scolopax reacted to LoooSeR in Aerospace Pictures and Art Thread   
    During refueling training

     
     
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Laviduce in The interesting ship photos/art thread.   
    Refitted Italian cruiser Giuseppe Garibaldi passing the sailing ship Amerigo Vespucci.
     
     

     
     
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Laviduce in The interesting ship photos/art thread.   
    Following a very productive use of my time in an extensive investigation, I have made a discovery that could very well tear apart our beliefs concerning Frank Roosevelt's true allegiance during the Second World War.
     
    Below is a photo of the bathtub meant to help accommodate the President aboard the battleship USS Iowa as he traveled to Tehran Conference in 1943.
     

     
     
    A harmless enough scene.  Sudsy water, various toiletries, some reading material, and a few bath toys to play with. Let's take a closer look at that plastic boat though.
     
     

     
     
    It appears to be a fairly realistic-looking design, a warship of some type for sure.  It does not look like the Iowa or any other ship used by the US Navy though.  Perhaps it could be a vessel of another nationality?
     
     

     
     
    This here is an Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser (taken from World of Warships for the sake of a similar viewing angle).  These ships were constructed in the late 1930's by Nazi Germany and saw use during the Second World War.  With the exception of the main battery gun count, you will notice that the cruiser shares several details with the toy boat from above.  A fair number of details really...
     
     

     
     
    What was the president of the United States doing with a model of an enemy cruiser floating in his personal bathtub, and of such a relatively modern (at the time) vessel at that?
     
     

     
     
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    Scolopax reacted to Lord_James in The interesting ship photos/art thread.   
    Allow me to introduce one of the more interesting DDs that fought in WWII: Z-31 (Later D601 Marceau) 
     
     
    Z-31 started life as the first ship of the 1936a (mob) type, and was unique in that she was the only ship in her (sub)class to not receive the 150mm twin turret on completion (Z-32 through 39 were completed with the twin), being closer to the previous 1936a type (Z-23 through 30). 
     

    A 1936a type destroyer. Z-31 would have looked like this when commissioned by the kreigsmarine. Notice that the 20mm veirling on the rear deckhouse is missing, however. 
     
     
    She was upgraded during the war, first replacing the super-firing single 20mm infront of the bridge with a 20mm flakveirling, sometime in late 1942 or 1943, and finally equipping her 150mm twin turret in March 1944. But this wouldn't last: on the night of January 27th, 1945, only 10 months after the refit, Z-31 and 2 of her sisters (Z-34 and Z-38) were intercepted by British cruisers HMS Mauritius (Crown Colony class) and HMS Diadem (improved Dido class), and it went about as well as expected. The forward turret on Z-31 had blown up, and was irreparable; with no replacement twin turret or even 150mm single turret, the turret cavity was plated over, and a single 10.5cm SK C/32 gun was mounted on top of the platform (unspecified if the mount was single or dual purpose). During this time, her anti-aircraft armament was also upgraded to 6 twin 37mm KM42 (custom kreigsmarine automatic AA gun) 4 of which were mounted between the bridge and A turret, 2 single 37mm M43 (army 37mm flak 43), a 20mm flakveirling on the aft deckhouse (per usual), and between 2 and 4 twin 20mm C/38s (sources vary). 
     

    The wrecked forward turret, trained far to port. There is still an unfired round stuck in the damaged breach of the left gun! Notice the 20mm veirling in the top left. 
     
     
    After her repair, she was again sent to the front lines, bombarding the approaching soviet army in late March, and towed the gutted hull of Gneisenau to be sunk outside Gotenhafen, to prevent the use of the port. In early April, she and the destroyer Z-34, as well as the cruisers Leipzig, Lutzow, and Prinz Eugen, left Gotenhafen, and were attacked by soviet aircraft, with Z-31 receiving 2 bombs hits. For the rest of the war, she was in and out of repair, being constantly harrassed by the soviet airforce. 
     
     
    Marceau 

    Marceau in 1951, painted in a similar style to late war USN DDs. 
     
     
    After the war, Z-31 was interned by the British, who then handed her over to the French in February, 1946 (along with several other former German DDs), were she was christened Marceau. Between 1948 and 1950, she was modernized by again removing the A turret, and again mounted a single 150mm gun (as she did in 1942). Her AA was removed and changed to 8 single 40mm Bofors but she kept the 20mm veirling on the rear deckhouse until after 1951, for some reason. Marceau (now D601) was also equipped with radar from the US (maybe an SC or SR, the rectangular air search radars mounted on top of the foremasts on most US DDs). In this configuration, she served until 1954, where she was decommissioned, and in 1958, finally sent off to the scrap yards. 
     

    Marceau in late 1950, just after her refit. Notice the shields for the 40mm guns, very similar to the shields on German 4cm flak 28s. Also notice the 20mm veirling still sitting on it's pedestal, unchanged since her commissioning in 1942.  
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Stimpy75 in The interesting ship photos/art thread.   
    The former battleship USS Mississippi in the early-mid 50's after her conversion for testing and training on new radar, guns, and (more famously) Terrier missiles.  More photos and information can be found in this blog post by wwiiafterwwii.
     

     

     

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    Scolopax reacted to Cleb in United States Military Vehicle General: Guns, G*vins, and Gas Turbines   
    MET-D and RCV at Fort Carson
     
    "This past summer at Fort Carson, Col., modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles, known as Mission Enabling Technologies Demonstrators, and modified M113 tracked armored personnel carriers, or Robotic Combat Vehicles, were used for the Soldier Operational Experimentation (SOE) Phase 1 to further develop learning objectives for the Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) concept."

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    Scolopax reacted to David Moyes in Britons are in trouble   
    https://twitter.com/thepagey
     
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    Scolopax reacted to LoooSeR in General AFV Thread   
    Azerbaijan T-90S

     
       Armenian T-72Bs with some sort of locally made either IR dazzlers or IR light sources for outdated night vision sight.

     
     
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Lord_James in General AFV Thread   
    Czech design of T-34 SPAAG armed with a 57mm cannon
     


     
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Beer in General AFV Thread   
    Czech design of T-34 SPAAG armed with a 57mm cannon
     


     
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Stimpy75 in General AFV Thread   
    Czech design of T-34 SPAAG armed with a 57mm cannon
     


     
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Cleb in Kimchi armoured vehicles: K1, K2, K21 and other AFVs from Worse Korea   
    Keep the pictures coming!
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    Scolopax reacted to Cleb in Kimchi armoured vehicles: K1, K2, K21 and other AFVs from Worse Korea   
    A "K1A1" at ADEX 2017
     
    Maybe he was stung by a bee...

     
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    Scolopax reacted to David Moyes in Britons are in trouble   
    The new armour could also theoretically be used in the lower glacis and side add-on packs.
    Powerpack has been known for a while but to what extent isn't.

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    https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-royal-ordnance-factory-main-battle-tank-prototype-nop40303-at-the-176456853.html
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    Scolopax reacted to LoooSeR in Bash the Pak-Fa thread   
    Apperently there are using Microsoft's Hololense, which means that Microsoft potentially can have parts of assembly schematics of Russian top secret stealth fighter, lmao. 

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    Scolopax reacted to LoooSeR in Jihad design bureau and their less mad opponents creations for killing each other.   
    Another Armenian branch of JDB contraption, now on BMP-1. A classic ZU-23-2 autocannon should be a good addition! 

     
     
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    Scolopax reacted to Beer in Anti-air thread: Everything that goes up must come down, and we'll help you go down   
    Some historical but relevant stuff. What could have been but was not. In Lešany museum near Prague you can find a prototype of Czechoslovak SPAAG Strop II. This system placed on a modified Dana chassis was being developed during late 80' and early 90' but ended with the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. 
     
    I'm posting it because it had a completely unique targeting system which is IMHO still relevant for the future because it was completely passive. It combined passive radioelectronic locators with optical guidance. It had two passive locators, one for survilance (PRUS-P), the other for targeting which was used to direct the optical channel towards the target (PRUS-Z). The passive locators also worked as a passive IFF (there was active IFF as well). The system had only daylight channel but it was meant to be updated later. The system was armed with 2A38 autocannon and Igla-1 missiles (both for standardization with the WARPAC armies at the time when the development started). It could not fire on the move but just like the night channel this feature was planned to be added later. 
     

    Photo is my own (many more in the linked article). 
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    Scolopax reacted to Cleb in Kimchi armoured vehicles: K1, K2, K21 and other AFVs from Worse Korea   
    Going back a bit to something that Scolopax posted on February the 10th in the General AFV Thread.
     
    This image was posted with a question being asked as to when it was taken

     
    One of the captions on a photo that I have from that event (using machine translators) says something along the lines of "On June 19th, 1997, tank units of the Capital Defense Command conduct a tactical training exercise at the Yongmunsan General Training Center in preparation against any provocation from the enemy."
     
    (Some more photos from this event)
     
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    Scolopax reacted to Alzoc in The Aircraft Carrier Shitstorm Thread   
    And the vision of Naval Group (in charge of the design study).
     
     

     
     
    Edit: More pics from different angles in this thread:
     
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    Scolopax reacted to Cleb in Kimchi armoured vehicles: K1, K2, K21 and other AFVs from Worse Korea   
    K1 test vehicle equipped with a muffler system to reduce sound. This prototype configuration was tested around 2006. 
     

     
    K1s of the Army Armor School using a setup derived from the prototype.
     

     
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Stimpy75 in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    This is the same thinking I have.  I do not claim any real expertise in my opinions though.
     
     
     
    Related to the topic, I didn't realize before that there were two Object 781's produced, with slightly different armament.  One has a turreted MG in place of one of the sponson grenade launchers.
     

     

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    Scolopax reacted to LoooSeR in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    Because there are times when infantry is not nearby and doesn't want to get out of their trenches and run up into close quarters combat.
     
       They are one of main problems. Tank chassis brings all negative costs (logistical, price, maintenance) but BMPT doesn't have an ooomph that require tank chassis to be used in the first place. And add here gap in range and firepower between a tank and BMPT, on top of lack of any other role that BMPT can occupy in situations when BMPT can't reach targets that tanks are working on.
     
       Syria shown pretty well that ability to shoot in X amount of targets in the same time doesn't play any role as main problem is actually seeing your enemies. Main bottleneck for urban fighting for vehicles is spotting exact enemy location, not an inability to fire at them. And rare situations when enemies were firing from places that AFVs couldn't reach could be solved with RCWS with AGL.
     
       This was shown many times, i already covered some of them in this very thread when we discussed BMPT earlier. One of several that i can bring up is when SAA was assaulting Artillery academy during Battle for Aleppo and several tanks and BMPs were parked in very small space, several vehicles were hit in their rear arc by ATGM team firing rockets over a building from apperently roof of another high-rise building at long range. Same ATGM team was firing from the same place on next day, after SAA lost 2 tanks and IIRC BMP in one spot. According to position of vehicles, ATGM team was in reach of their guns, crews couldn't see them. 
     
       As i understand, Soviet BMPTs were born from experience in Afghanistan with it's terrain and type of enemy/their preffered way to do combat. Those BMPTs were more like convoy protection from ambush armored vehicles. Not exactly a frontline vehicle. In those situation detection of enemy isn't a problem, as you already got yourself into their ambush. 
     
       And your description of vehicle moving along the street is something out of WH40K, rather than reality.
     
       Here is another example of how tanks are eating RPGs. This is an old ANNA news video from Deraya combat, they filmed tank getting hit with RPG-29, and same event was filmed with akbars POV.
       3-4 tanks and 2-3 BMP-2s participated in operation and all of them were actively firing in all possible directions with main guns and coax. Didn't helped, T-72 was blown into pieces. This is probably best illustration of what is a main problem for AFVs in fighting with enemy infantry in urban enviroment.  
     
       Another example - tanks driving through streets being filmed by rebels/militants. Tanks are moving directly towards cameramans and doesn't see them (video is from multiply POV, but from same direction) and get into firefight from different direction, then proceed to fire in random directions for the most part. At 7:30 you can see RPG shot into T-72, from the front. A lot of unaimed suppressing fire from vehicles.
       At 11:10 and 21:20 rare example of enemies being very close to AFV and most likely outside of elevation limit of tanks main gun. Still, AFVs have no clue that enemies are there. At 12:20 is why you need an APS. Note how during whole video tanks gunners are very active with turning their tank turrets around, they are actively scanning, not just sitting in one place starring in nothingness.
     
       All those videos have 2 things in common - there is never lack of firepower and cannons to fire in multiply directions and in all videos vehicles show no knowledge of exact positions of enemies, only that in some buildings there was movement spotted before operation started or that everything further than a frontline is under enemy control. If you replace all tanks with BMPTs, result would be a bit more liberal use of suppressing fire.
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    Scolopax got a reaction from Lord_James in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    This is the same thinking I have.  I do not claim any real expertise in my opinions though.
     
     
     
    Related to the topic, I didn't realize before that there were two Object 781's produced, with slightly different armament.  One has a turreted MG in place of one of the sponson grenade launchers.
     

     

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    Scolopax reacted to heretic88 in The Soviet Tank Thread: Transversely Mounted 1000hp Engines   
    I agree, but not entirely. As you surely know, of the 3 Objekt-781 prototypes, one was different, and had a turret with similar armament to the BMP-3 (2A70+2A72+PKT). Still, this was rejected, and the twin 30mm turret version was selected for service in the army. Sadly I do not know why, but Im sure there were reasons for that. 
    But all in all, both Objekt-781 versions were superior to UVZ's BMPT, especially in terms of firepower. My opinion, is that the whole point of such specialized vehicle is to be able to engage as many targets as possible in urban combat, and in a wide arc around it. The BMPT is not very good in this regard, it can engage 3 targets at the same time, and only one with its main armament. The Objekt-781 can engage 5, (6 for the rejected version!) and it can deal with two totally separate targets with the autocannons. Much harder to lure it into an ambush or trap.
    Just imagine, the vehicle travels along a street, the autocannon turrets can fire at the buildings to the left and right at the same time (even high elevations), the two grenade launchers can do the same, or look for enemies appearing in front, and finally, the rear NSVT turret can watch the rear (obviously this is much less useful, but not a bad thing to have)
    UVZ probably liked the idea of the two autocannons, but they totally failed to understand the reason why they were in separate turrets in the 781. I even dare to say that they failed to understand the whole concept, proof is the export BMPT-72, which is a totally useless miserable piece of junk. An upgraded T-55 has far, far higher combat value than that, in any imaginable situation. 
     

     
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