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9 hours ago, TokyoMorose said:

pre-production engine fully completed testing and verification

Working prototype to production is a non negligible step.

9 hours ago, TokyoMorose said:

The 883 is better in every way.

Other than the refit market for vehicles using the AVDS already, yes. The MTU engine is sufficiently different in shape to make integration into AVDS tailored spaces... annoying. Boat-hulled Pattons come to mind.

 

I'm not absolutely sure the thing isnt fully production ready, just smells to me like it.

 

If it is indeed fully ready, then yes L3 has managed to develop one AVDS upgrade since they bought the IP and plant.

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Sheremetevo airport received a brand new ARV, which is actually the civilian version of the BREM-80U. Very nice!  

Yep, this is a crazy good vehicle! I read about it a while ago in an article, if I remember well, it said only a few were built. These are very very useful vehicles. It has one disadvantage, it needs

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9 hours ago, TokyoMorose said:

But I don't recall the Israelis having too many issues with their AVDS-1790-9ARs of a very similar power rating, it seems to be the 1500HP variant detuned to the same 1350HP

Just guessing, maybe because 1350hp is the max performance possible without reliability and engine life degradation? 

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11 hours ago, heretic88 said:

Just guessing, maybe because 1350hp is the max performance possible without reliability and engine life degradation? 

 

This is going to be a guess here, but I'd say the most likely reason is transmission cooling. The X-1100 is capable of 1500hp with Abrams-level engine bay cooling but the Patton simply doesn't have as much cooling capacity. The engine/transmission powerpack is most likely being limited due to the combined limits of ventilation in the patton hull.

 

11 hours ago, N-L-M said:

Other than the refit market for vehicles using the AVDS already, yes. The MTU engine is sufficiently different in shape to make integration into AVDS tailored spaces... annoying. Boat-hulled Pattons come to mind.

 

That's very true, but the C32 is very different in form to the AVDS as well. The C32 choice just baffles me.

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   Luhansk military showing their MOP "Derzhatel" ("Holder")

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   Water obsticle crossing support vehicle MOS "Holder" based on PTS-3. It has a fully armored hull, equipped with an excavator, hydraulic monitor, bulldozer equipment, a winch and motor drills, a device for launching smoke grenades. The presence of such complex equipment allows us to carry out a large list of tasks for equipping crossings (preparing exits and entries, towing (evacuating) military equipment that got stuck on the crossing, digging out trenches and crevices, preparing shores for building floating bridges, drilling pits when exploring frozen soils by explosive method , installation of smoke screens, lifting operations, etc.)

   

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   Installation of a heavy mechanized bridge TMM-3M2 during the tactical and special exercises of the engineer-sapper regiment of the Southern Military District in the Krasnodar Territory.

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When You posted this vehicle... do you know guys this thing? It's firefighting tank SPOT-55 based on T-55 chassis and produced by VOP-25 factory (now only VOP) in Czechoslovakia since 1991 (and Czechia after 1993 split). This tank has been in active use in basically every major fire in our country (forest fires, ammo dump accidents, chemical and ammo plant accidents etc.). It's big advantage is that it's optionally manned and can be operated remotely up to 1500 meters from the operator. Unfotunately I don't know how many were built but at least two are also in Saxony, Germany. 

 

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20 hours ago, Beer said:

When You posted this vehicle... do you know guys this thing? It's firefighting tank SPOT-55 based on T-55 chassis and produced by VOP-25 factory (now only VOP) in Czechoslovakia since 1991 (and Czechia after 1993 split).

Yep, this is a crazy good vehicle! I read about it a while ago in an article, if I remember well, it said only a few were built. These are very very useful vehicles. It has one disadvantage, it needs a trailer to quickly transport it to the site, but this is countered by its speed and maneuverability offroad. SPOT-55 proved its capabilities many times. In my opinion, it is much better to transform old and obsolete tanks to such vehicles than to scrap them. ARVs, and even bridgelayers are also especially useful in civilian roles.

 

A private firm here in hungary also operates some ex military vehicles, among them a quite exotic one, a BAT-M. It is actually the last of its kind here in working condition. Back then in 2014, it was waiting its fate of scrapping, when someone from the firm noticed it on a scrapyard. They bought the vehicle and totally restored it.

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