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2S18 Pat-S, an experimental precursor to the 2S31.  Armament was a SA61 152mm howitzer.    

Object 326 SPG (Unofficial name - "Shayba"), was an initiative development by DB. 46 rounds, "double stack" in circular autoloader, crew in hull compartment outside of "turret". The gun, ammunition ra

Some information about Bereg ("Coast") coastal defense system.    System consist of 3 vehicle types - SPGs, command post vehicle and "Combat duty support vehicle". On a photo above SPG is on

   From parade in Iran (Tehran).



   Zelzal unguided rocket.



   Medium range ballistic missile "Khorramshahr", AFAIK it is new.



   Emad medium range ballistic missile with guided warhead stage.







Ghadr-F medium range ballistic missile





Sajil medium range ballistic missile





   Modernised Qiam short range ballistic missile, with guided warhead stage



   TEL for Dezful ballistic missile (1000 km range, somewhere in between short and medium range BMs)







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   Footage of Msta-S (loading from outside, inside footage, etc)


   Msta-S SPG have number of features i would like to see on the tank - autoloader that can be refilled from outside with relatively easy way to put shells into autoloader, bustle autoloader system that potentially can be turned into separate compartment.

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The medium-range ballistic missiles DF-17 with a hypersonic warhead are another novelty of the parade. As far as I remember, the Americans, after they recorded the tests of this missile, estimated its maximum range of it in the region of 1800-2500 km.



















Long-range strategic supersonic missile DF-100 (CJ-100). But the tests of this rocket before taking into service China was able to carry out so that almost nothing was known about it at all. It was first spotted during the parade rehearsals and the other day the shots of its launch were shown.













The latest intercontinental ballistic missiles DF-41. Although shots with them were madepreviously, but without a casing they were shown for the first time just now, so this can also be fully called the absolute novelty of the parade. Mobile ground missile systems with these heavy ICBMs are apparently gradually becoming the main Chinese nuclear deterrent against the United States. According to rough estimates, their maximum range can be up to 12000-14000 km. In the USA, it is believed that in addition to these PGRCs, China is developing variants of these missiles for mine-based and railway complexes.

   Chinese Yars/Topol, heh.















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MOSCOW, October 1. / TASS /. Contracts for the supply of the latest 82-mm Drok self-propelled mortars and 120-mm Phlox self-propelled artillery vehicles to the Russian Armed Forces have already been signed. About this in an interview with TASS on the Ground Forces Day, said the special representative of the UVZ on military-technical cooperation, Army General Alexei Maslov.







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   About Chinese wheeled SPG




   Here is a video of it shooting.



The report from the military exercises of the 76th PLA Army Group in Tibet for the first time shows the firing of the division of the new 155-mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers PLC-181.


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   French-German-Italian 4th gen ATGM - Polyphem.





   Initial research on Polyphem began in 1982. At the end of 1984, the MBB conducted five test launches of short-range Mamba-L missiles to demonstrate fiber-optic video transmission systems at a range of 1.5 km.


   Mamba-L, 1984



   Aerospastiale entered the program in 1986. The SS-12 rocket was used in two subsequent trials. Accelerators were mounted sideways to not to damage the coil fiber. Images was transmitted by a camera located in the front of the rocket. Tests were successfully conducted between 1988 and 1989.




Development of the original Polyphem concept used against Soviet armored attacks in Europe. The initial program focused on the use of reconnaissance UAVs and ground-to-ground missiles for stationary and moving targets, but also explored the ground-to-air option.




   In March 1994, the Italian army entered the program. Spain and the UK were interested in the project. The British army intended to acquire a fiber optic missile system (FOMS) after 2005, for a missile that could be launched from the MLRS.

   As part of a three-year development program, the first flight of the Polyphem SS-12 (SS-12 adapted missile) was carried out on July 19, 1995 in Essay de Land in the south of France at a distance of 3 km at an altitude of 800 m. The aerodynamics, navigation system, data transfer and unwinding of the optical fiber were tested. All tests were successful, and all fibers were able to withstand rocket thrust. Tests on unwound of fiber showed that there was no degradation in transmission performance.

   In July 1996, the unwinding of a coil of Filotex fiber optic cable was demonstrated with data transfer beyond the maximum range using a “cocoon” in a C22 target drone (selected to simulate a missile). Aerospastiale used the same wire on a Hussar unmanned aerial vehicle in a similar system, which was proposed to fulfill the German application LUNA.



   On April 24, 1997, another test was conducted with Polyphem in Landes against a truck at a distance of 16 km with an accuracy of 1 m. The demonstration missile was 2.3 meters long, weighed 100 kg and had a diameter of 200 mm. The final missile was supposed to have a weight of 130 kg and a maximum diameter of 220 mm with a 20 kg HEAT or multipurpose fragmentation warhead. The Williams WJ2 turbojet engine was to be replaced by a Teledyne Model 320 1150N. The WJ2 turbojet engine had problems with the fuel system, which delayed the program.






   Additional tests with the PtSi IR camera were carried out in 1997, and the coil with fiber optic was unwound up to 60 km in 1998. Two launches were planned for 2001 in Meppen, Germany.

   After testing and technology research, until 1997, a launch vehicle, a long-range fiber optic reel, a long-range rocket configuration, a tail geometry with new wing folding mechanisms, and a self-destruction system were improved.

   A technical and operational assessment was to be conducted from 1998 to 2002 to fully refine the battery and other systems, including future test launches to evaluate applications for long-range high-precision artillery attacks and naval operations in anti-ship missions and ground targets, with helicopters and coastal batteries.





   The marine version, called Polyphem-M, was supposed to equip submarines and was supported by Germany to equip ships and submarines of the U-212 type. Discussions were held with the US Navy. Preliminary tests were carried out on a submarine of type 206 in marine conditions. Depending on the size of the missile, the flight range can be 15, 41 or 65 km, and the maximum launch depth is 400 m. The Polyphem-M program was separated from the project and converted to Triton. Polyphemus-M is now a version of the "terrestrial" Polyphem.








   A "coastal" version was proposed for Finland and Abu Dhabi, and a short-range option (15 km) without a turbojet engine was proposed as an alternative to Sea Skua. Fire tests of the Polyphem from Sea King and Sea Lynx were planned for 1997 but were not carried out.

   The missile was tested on UH-1 in October 2000 and there were test plans for Puma. The fuselage was covered with sensors to measure impact of rocket launch pressure during launch. The goal is to find the optimal location for installing and launching the rocket while protecting the launch platform.





   DASA participating companies (EADS), through their subsidiary Daimler-Benz Aerospace / LFK, were responsible for the ground station and the design of the rear of the rocket, including the fiber optic coil. Italmissile is responsible for mission planning, infrared systems, a launcher and a warhead. Aerospastiale assembles the main body and turbojet engine. The development cost is about 270 million dollars. Aerospastiale withdrew from the project, and Alenia and Northrop Grumman, who lost the competition for EFOGM, were considered potential participants.





https://i.imgur.com/hN6GurN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/PI8MWOu.jpg



   Polyphem could be installed on trucks, ships, submarines and helicopters and used day or night against moving and stationary targets. The operator could intervene in the control of missile at any time. He can take control and change the target (manually selected and automatically identified). The missile has a dual function and can be used for attack and reconnaissance. During the mission, IR images are recorded for subsequent mission assessment.

   A missile can automatically fly to a target at any time, and to verify the correct choice of a target and, if necessary, adjustments, a “man in the loop” is implemented in the system. The operator can take command at any time and switch to manual flight.

   The Polyphem program as a whole was canceled in 2003.





https://i.imgur.com/mXumhz2.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ttLKpZa.jpg


   Simulator for training







Length: 3.0 m
Diameter: 254 mm
Weight: 145 kg
Warhead: 20 kg
Range: up to 60 km
Height: 20-600m
Cruising speed: Mach 0.45 - 120-180 m/s


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South Korea has completed the development of a 120 mm self-propelled mortar integrated into the M113 tracked armored personnel carrier.

   The administration of the DAPA defense procurement program announced that the self-propelled system, the development of which began in March 2014, successfully completed all the requirements set by the South Korean military after final tests and evaluations. The SPM was developed for the army of the Republic of Korea by several South Korean companies, including Hanwha Defense and S&T Dynamics, the cost of work amounted to $ 35.7 million. The integrated mortar system can rotate 360 °, and it is claimed to have a firing range of 2.3 times that of the aging M30 rifled mortar, which it is expected to replace. DAPA also said that the new weapon is equipped with an automated fire control system and a loading mechanism. South Korea also uses the M113 variant as a command machine for the new system. The development of this self-propelled mortar system is expected to significantly improve the capabilities of mechanized forces.

   It is noted that Seoul will "actively support" the export of this system to countries interested in acquiring it.



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