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Thanks for the videos, Sturgeon.  The Centurion one really took me back.  Australia kept the 20pr, but added the ranging gun, to give the 5/1 (Aust).  And may I suggest that the fume extractor was one of the truly great innovations from the point of view of the turret crew.  We still had a few Type A barrels in service, as in the video, and "you can really tell the difference".

 

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Thanks for the videos, Sturgeon.  The Centurion one really took me back.  Australia kept the 20pr, but added the ranging gun, to give the 5/1 (Aust).  And may I suggest that the fume extractor was one of the truly great innovations from the point of view of the turret crew.  We still had a few Type A barrels in service, as in the video, and "you can really tell the difference".

 

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Thanks for the videos, Sturgeon.  The Centurion one really took me back.  Australia kept the 20pr, but added the ranging gun, to give the 5/1 (Aust).  And may I suggest that the fume extractor was one of the truly great innovations from the point of view of the turret crew.  We still had a few Type A barrels in service, as in the video, and "you can really tell the difference".

 

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Welcome to the forum, Bill! Glad you liked the videos!

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That Chieftain video seems a bit optimistic regarding it's mobility.  Also, I have no experience as far as what it's like to be a tank crewman, but the claim that crews can spend three days in the tank in case of NBC attack seems quite horrifying.  Three days locked up in a metal box with three other dudes?  Sounds pretty stinky.    

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You may have at one point wondered "why is the Leclerc turret so big?  It has a two-man crew and autoloader, so shouldn't it be more T-72-sized?"

Well, if you've ever thought that, you're a nerd.

 

Turns out that the Leclerc's turret is pretty tidy:

 

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However, it has large composite armor modules that make it look much larger.  Also, the area above the gun is large to allow good depression of the armament.

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Russia Today fails at basic tank ID

 

"Hundreds of Abraham M1 Abrams, provided by Saudi Arabia, rolled out of Aden, Tuesday, in a bid to strengthen forces loyal to ousted president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi as they continue to fight with Houthi militants for the al-Anad air base in Taiz. Reports emerging Tuesday claim that the base has been re-captured to those loyal to Hadi, with the forces reportedly aided by heavy aerial assistance from Saudi-led coalition"

 

Abraham M1 Abrams?

 

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