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  • German Army Begins Modernising Its Battle Tank Fleet with the LEOPARD 2 A7

    12/15/2014 8:47:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    MUNICH --- To mark the handover of the first of an initial 20 LEOPARD 2 A7 tanks to the German Army, Frank Haun, Chairman of the Board of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) welcomed numerous guests from the worlds of politics, the military and business to the company's headquarters in Munich on 10 December. Representing the Inspector General was General Lieutenant Rainer Korff, who accepted the vehicle on behalf of the German Army from Frank Haun, the Canadian Ambassador Marie Gervais-Vidricaire and President of the Army Supplies Division (BAAINBw), Harald Stein. The LEOPARD 2 A7 is a product of collaboration between multiple...
  • Top secret Armata tank may conquer the Arctic (Russia)

    11/11/2014 11:51:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | November 11, 2014 | Denis Kungurov
    The top secret Armata tank, which will be presented to the general public on the Victory Day anniversary parade in 2015, may be deployed in the Arctic. Yevgeny Chistyakov, representative of the Scientific Research Institute of Steel, a developer of the advanced material, said at the Interpolitech 2014 exhibition in Moscow that the new 44S-SV-SH steel armour does not lose its qualities and can be operated at Arctic temperatures. The Arctic may become a bone of contention between the major powers over energy resources located under the melting ice. Russia is already claiming its rights for a significant share of...
  • Tank column crosses from Russia into Ukraine: Kiev military

    11/07/2014 6:02:16 AM PST · by Kartographer · 135 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/7/14 | Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice and Richard Balmforth
    A column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks carrying ammunition and fighters has crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the Kiev military said on Friday. "The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines," spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing referring to Thursday's cross-border incursion.
  • Pakistan to test its new China-built main battle tank

    11/05/2014 2:47:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-11-05
    Pakistan is looking forward to testing its MBT3000 main battle tank designed by China North Industries Corporation based in Beijing this month, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine based in Canada. Unlike the older AL-Khali or MBT2000, the MBT3000 is installed with a 1300 horsepower diesel engine manufactured in China. This is slightly more powerful than the engine currently used by the Type 99G, the most advanced main battle tank used by the People's Liberation Army, with 1280hp. It indicates that the MBT3000 developed for the overseas market is indeed the most powerful tank made in China....
  • 15.9.1916: First tank in action

    09/15/2014 11:44:28 AM PDT · by Covenantor · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Sept 15, 2014
    This Day in History 15.9.1916: First Tank in Action In September 1916 the German reserve infantry regiment no. 28 was in the Flers front section at the Somme. One of the most gruesome battles in the First World War had been fought out here, in June of that year. More than a million soldiers lost their lives. German and allied troops faced each other on a front that was 40 kilometres wide. After the first British assault had failed their opponents dug themselves in. Long rows of trenches were laid out, barbed wire and machine gun nests secured the positions...
  • Congressman wants to ban sale of enhanced body armor to civilians

    08/22/2014 8:54:35 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 48 replies ^ | 8-8-2014 | Chris Eger
    Rep. Mike Honda, (D-CA), has submitted a bill to the U.S. House that would prohibit the sale, use or possession of what he terms military-grade body armor. Honda reasons that this measure would aid law enforcement in taking out an active shooter, since the active shooter wouldn’t be able to obtain body armor. “There is no reason this type of armor, which is designed for warfare, should be available in our communities except for those who need it, like law enforcement,” Honda said in a statement last week. “There’s nothing more dangerous than what a well-armored, unstoppable active shooter can...
  • Congress Proposes Law Banning Body Armor In The Land Of The Free

    08/21/2014 8:00:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 8/21/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, By the late 1920s, Joseph Stalin became the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union after having eliminated his opposition. He topped it off in 1929 by serving a decisive blow to anyone that would dare to oppose him by outlawing private gun ownership in the country. From that year on until 1953 when Stalin died, it’s estimated that more than 20 million Soviet citizens that were seen as a threat to the country’s leadership. People were rounded up and either murdered outright, or sent to infamous gulag labor camps. Stalin is an...
  • Hollywood Builds Iron Man Suit Prototype for Pentagon

    07/13/2014 11:19:51 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies ^ | July 9, 2014 | Mike Hoffman
    Military leaders have not shied away from referring to the new suit the Pentagon wants to build for special operators as the “Iron Man” suit. So much so that they’ve turned to the special effects company in Hollywood that worked on the Iron Man franchise to build a prototype. Legacy Effects, which has worked on Iron Man, RoboCop, and Captain America, have been asked by the Pentagon to build a prototype of the suit that is officially called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. In fact, the special effects experts are...
  • .270 Win - (Lead-Free) - "Calif-Compliant" - Can it pierce ARMOR? (Video Only)

    07/03/2014 4:47:15 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies ^ | 7-2-2014 | TAOFLEDERMAUS
    We shoot two types of .270 Winchester (6.8mm) rounds at an AR500 Armor chest plate. The first is a "LEAD-FREE" California-compliant bronze tip round. I HEARD these rounds are armor-piercing. (unintended consequence of bad legislature that doesn't think things through?) The second round uses a "normal" ballistic-tipped 110 grain bullet that has and higher velocity than the lead-free round. Both rounds EXCEED the rating of a Level III plate. (sometimes called "Type III) A level III plate is rated for a .308 round going around 2800 FPS. How will this plate hold up to faster rounds that go beyond the...
  • Warrant application shows Ares Armor referenced in wider investigation

    03/16/2014 11:29:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 3/16/14 | David Codrea
    Southern California gun parts and accessory dealer Ares Armor continues to inform customers and supporters as to the status of its operations following yesterday’s raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Ares Chief Operations Officer Jeremy Tuma posted an update Saturday evening to his Instagram account where he first posted the news yesterday afternoon that “ATF is currently executing search warrants on all of our locations.” “We will be burning the midnight oil to assure we are fully operational by morning and that business goes on as uninterrupted as possible,” Tuma stated in last night’s message. Per...
  • The Incredible Story Behind the First Ever Photos of a Snow Leopard Making a Kill

    02/25/2014 6:22:03 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 22 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | February 24,2014 | DL CADE
    When it comes to wildlife photography, the Snow Leopard is almost unicorn-like. No, it’s not mythical, but it’s almost as hard to capture one of these infamous “gray ghosts of the Himalayas” on camera as it is to track down a creature that doesn’t actually exist.
  • TATA Introduces the Kestrel – an 8×8 Armored Scout Vehicle

    02/06/2014 11:13:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Defense Update ^ | February 6, 2014
    As part of TATA’S strategy to enhance the scope of its defense business Tata Motors HAS showcased the ‘Kestrel’, an 8×8 wheeled armored amphibious VEHICLE platform providing protected mobility and firepower to the troops. The Kestrel, designed by the DRDO was unveiled yesterday by TATA Motors. Photo: Noam Eshel, defense Update The vehicle is designed as a Light Armoured High Mobility Vehicle (LAMV), functioning as a recon scout vehicle, moving ahead of the armored columns. The vehicle was designed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Supacat of the UK, an expert in tactical armored vehicles, has also...
  • High-Speed Russian VDV Airborne: Air-Mech Paras Jump with Drogues

    07/27/2013 10:48:25 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 39 replies
    Notice how the Russian VDV Airborne Paras jump without d-bags dangling outside the aircraft such that they can jump IN FRONT OF IL-76 JET ENGINES! By using drogue chutes they exit the plane clean and can have timers delay openings for HIGH ALTITUDE mass tactical jumps without trying to teach everyone belabored civilian skydiving stable body position skills. This means more Paras can jump from more doors and land closer together near their BMD light tank/APC to get into action far faster than U.S. Airborne equipment and techniques. And the VDV can jump with their IL-76 jets not having to...
  • Nanotubes grow to record lengths

    07/11/2013 4:03:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 10 July 2013 | Laura Howes
    © ShutterstockChinese scientists at Tsinghua University in Beijing have managed to grow a carbon nanotube (CNT) that is just over half a metre long – over double their previous best.For two hours the group used chemical vapour deposition to grow the long nanotube on a silica substrate. The team managed to improve their technique so much as they discovered that CNT growth is controlled by kinetics and that catalyst activity is the most important factor. If the catalyst has a high probability of failing after 1mm growth, the CNTs grown will be short. Optimising the conditions to reduce the...
  • Guinea Pig Scale-mail and Helmet (Armor)

    06/18/2013 9:49:26 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 27 replies
    Ebay ^ | June 17, 2013 | mightys0x
    This auction is a charity auction for hand-made guinea pig scale-mail. (You've read that correctly) Is your pet guinea pig tired of wandering around the house unarmored and vulnerable? Do they get picked on by other guinea pigs? Has your guinea pig ever wanted to go with you to a Renaissance Fair but had nothing to wear? Fear not! A solution is here! Used “The chain mail is hand made and is in great condition. The helmet was purchased and is also in great condition. Neither are "new"... [snip]
  • WI Senate: Dem Baldwin Wanted to Block Body Armor Funding for Troops

    10/19/2012 9:40:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10-19-12 | Rebel Pundit
    It is always stunning to learn the truths about certain elected officials in our government. In a startling revelation from Media Trackers Wisconsin, Rep. Tammy Baldwin co-sponsored legislation to block funding of body armor and medical supplies to our troops in combat. She did this during each of her terms in congress from 2003-2009. At least four times Baldwin co-sponsored the legislation, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. It was only in 2011 when Baldwin was considering her possible run for the U.S. Senate that her name does not appear as a co-sponsor on this legislation. From Media Trackers: The...
  • Israel Asks Egypt to Take Armor Out of Sinai – Report

    08/19/2012 3:36:01 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/8/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Israeli government has asked Egypt to withdraw the armored vehicles it deployed in Sinai ten days ago, in contravention of the peace treaty between the two nations, according to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, which quotes Israeli sources. Israel said that the deployment of armored forces in the EL Arish area was only reported to it retroactively by Egypt, after the forces had already been deployed. Once Egypt supplied Israel with the full details about the extent of the deployment, the Jewish state asked Egypt to withdraw its armor from northern Sinai. "Security sources" told the paper that this is a moment...
  • A Quiet Farewell For the M-2 Bradley

    03/06/2012 11:25:30 PM PST · by U-238 · 19 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Strategy Page
    One of the little-known casualties of the Iraq war was the American M-2 Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). Five years ago the U.S. Army stopped using the M-2 in combat. By then it was clear that the enemy was intent on using mines and roadside bombs in a big way and the M-1 tank, Stryker, and MRAP vehicles were much better able to handle these blast weapons than the M-2. This was a hard decision to make because up until then it was believed that the M-2 could be made competitive with upgrades. For example, the BUSK (Bradley Urban Survival...
  • Georgia Presents its Infantry Fighting Vehicle 'Lazika'

    02/27/2012 4:06:15 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Civil Georgia ^ | 25 Feb.'12
    Georgia Presents its Infantry Fighting Vehicle 'Lazika' President Saakashvili attended a presentation of first-ever Georgian produced infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Lazika, in the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi on February 25. “Lazika is equipped with remotely controlled weapon module and fire control system. It is armed with 23-mm cannon and 7.62-mm machine-gun. Its day/night thermal sighting system makes [IFV] capable to control fire, detect and locate targets in any weather conditions,” the president’s administration said in a statement. Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia told President Saakashvili that the IFV was currently undergoing “the last stage of testing.” He said that the...
  • Bourque Industries' Level III Body Armor is NIJ Certified

    02/14/2012 8:21:25 AM PST · by Suz in AZ · 8 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 2/14/2012 | Bourque Industries
    Bourque Industries today announced that the Company has earned National Institute of Justice (NIJ) certification for its Level III stand-alone Kryron Terminator Armor – under the model designation KT-MIA-II – complying with the most recent and rigorous NIJ Standard-0101.06. NIJ certification is a prerequisite for most US law enforcement agencies when purchasing personal body armor for its officers. This essential government stamp of approval allows Bourque's innovative Kryron Terminator Armor to be marketed and sold to federal law enforcement, state police, sheriff's offices, and municipal police forces across the country. Bourque's Level III armor joins the Level II Ultralight, the...
  • Report: Syrian Armored Forces Move Nearer to Israel

    02/09/2012 1:27:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/12 | Gil Ronen
    According to reports from the Free Syria Army, the Syrian military has moved forces stationed in the southern part of the Syrian Golan Heights closer to Israel. The Syrian military did not come close to the border with Israel. However, armored forces that were stationed along the Syria-Jordan border, which were recently reinforced, were moved and are now closer to Israel, according to the report. The Free Syria Army is the largest opposition group in Syria and is partly made up of defectors from the official Syrian Army. Israel has been concerned that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is...
  • Bourque Industries Makes Body Armor History with Exceptional NIJ Testing Results

    11/02/2011 7:33:53 AM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 37 replies
    Business Wire ^ | 2 November 2011 | Bourque Industries
    "Bourque's Level III stand-alone Kryron Terminator Armor System became the first armor in the history of NIJ testing to defeat all six 7.62x51 FMJ NATO rounds within the 44mm back face deformation standards. And Bourque didn't reach this unheard of milestone only once, but repeated the performance on all four Level III armor plates tested, establishing a level of protection unmatched worldwide."
  • Britain has got more Generals than tanks

    10/03/2011 8:13:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 60 replies
    The Sun ^ | 3 Oct 2011 | Virginia Wheeler
    Senior Military Intelligence officer Frank Ledwidge found shock figures showing 256 senior officers — Brigadiers and Generals — and just 200 Challenger 2 tanks. And there are THREE times more Top Brass than Apache helicopters — which have saved countless lives in Afghanistan. Ledwidge said: "Our priorities are hugely skewed." He stressed that the British Army is "over-burdened and over staffed with senior ranks". Ledwidge, who served on the front line in Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo, urged the Ministry of Defence to slash the number of £100,000-a-year-plus senior officers. He insisted: "We need to think about cutting Top Brass and...
  • Iraqi Army Armor Status August 2011

    08/15/2011 7:42:57 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 31 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 15 August 2011 | DJ Elliott
    A pattern has started to develop in the armor and mechanization of Iraqi Army divisions. As the 9th Armored Division upgrades to M1A1 tanks, M113 and BTR4 armored personnel carriers, the older armor is transferred to other divisions. This has established a pattern of 3 sets of 3 divisions [9 total divisions] planned for upgrade and has identified the probable sequencing of the upgrades. However, there are several key items still missing – only the major items will be addressed. Based on the absence of orders for key weapons and the time needed to train/reorganize, the IA is 10-15 years...
  • Andrew Klavan: Michele Bachmann Makes a Gaffe!!!

    07/14/2011 5:03:24 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 July 2011 | Andrew Klaven
    Michelle Bachmann is running for president and she's supported by the Tea Party. You know, the "angry" ... "emotional" ... "ugly" middle Americans with "low-sloping foreheads" who believe in constitutional government, lower spending and the rule of law. Let's join our MSM pals and freak out when Bachmann says something so we can let everyone know about it and she won't be elected in 2012. Is this fun or what? VIDEO
  • Tucson Tech: His body armor concept could one day hit market

    06/14/2011 7:58:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies ^ | 5/31/11 | David Wichner
    John Bourque believes he's onto something big. Really big. Now he just has to convince the rest of the world. The carpenter-turned-inventor says his Tucson company's patented nano- technology can turn aluminum into a nearly impenetrable, lightweight armor for bodies and vehicles. The technology - with the sci-fi name of Kryron - also can create ultra-conductive and corrosion-resistant wire and electrical components, or help form tough metal plating on plastics and other non-metals, says Bourque, founder and CEO of Bourque Industries Inc. But it's one thing to have a great idea; it's quite another to bring it successfully to market....
  • MoD 'cost lives' by wasting £718m on vehicles never built

    05/19/2011 5:59:35 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 12:26 AM on 20th May 2011 | Ian Drury
    Incompetent defence chiefs cost British forces their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan by squandering nearly £1billion on armoured vehicles that have not been built. The Ministry of Defence wasted a shocking £718million on plans for thousands of properly-protected battlefield trucks which were then scrapped or delayed. Procurement blunders meant UK troops were sent to warzones in lightly-armoured or soft-skinned vehicles - such as the controversial 'death trap' Snatch Land Rover - which were unsuitable against deadly roadside bombs. The latest scandal emerged as the National Audit Office published a damning report today on military equipment procurement. The country's top spending...
  • Turkey's main battle tank will not include any foreign products

    05/12/2011 5:28:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Anatolia News Agency ^ | May 11, 2011
    Turkey's main battle tank will not include any foreign products Wednesday, May 11, 2011 ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency Turkey's first domestically produced tank, the Altay, a premier mockup of which is on display at the International Defense Industry Fair, of IDEF, in Istanbul, will not include any foreign parts or products, a senior Turkish official said Wednesday. The Altay tanks would be produced fully by Turkish means, said Murad Bayar, head of Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI. Bayar made his remarks at a signing ceremony between his Undersecretariat and Aselsan, a Turkish defense industry company, which will build electronic...
  • New Designs Suit Tanks For Asymmetric War

    04/22/2011 9:04:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 60 replies ^ | Apr 22, 2011 | David Eshel, Bill Sweetman
    New Designs Suit Tanks For Asymmetric War Apr 22, 2011 By David Eshel, Bill Sweetman Tel Aviv, Washington One trend in warfare and asymmetric combat (mostly urban) is the use of main battle tanks (MBTs) in small tactical assault forces. Tank versus tank fighting is virtually nonexistent. Even in high-intensity combat, tankers prefer firing at targets within visual range—2,000-3,000 meters (6,500-9,800 ft.). Longer-distance targets can be attacked with high-precision missiles directed by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and laser designation. Israel is among the countries adapting its MBTs, in this case the Merkava Mk4, for asymmetric combat. Evolving designs will enhance...
  • Successful Live-Fire Demonstration of New Kryron Ballistics Helmet

    04/04/2011 7:45:02 PM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 28 replies
    Business Wire ^ | April 04, 2011
    Bourque Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce that the live-fire demonstration of its new Kryron ballistics helmet was a complete success-no penetration when shot with an AK-47 from approximately 10 ft. John Bourque, who conducted the test, indicated that to the best of his knowledge this was the first successful test where a helmet was struck by a rifle bullet and had no penetration. The helmet is a proof of concept prototype and further improvements are already planned that the Company anticipates will lead to a production model(s).
  • Arizona Company Set to Unveil Revolutionary Ballistic Helmet

    03/23/2011 12:50:49 PM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 27 replies
    Business Wire ^ | March 22, 2011 | Bourque Industries, Inc.
    New product from Bourque Industries is far stronger than current standard, first to protect against rifle fire, joins other revolutionary Bourque Industries products TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bourque Industries, Inc. (OTC:BORK) will unveil its new Kryronized aluminum alloy ballistic helmet at a live-fire demonstration in Mesa, Ariz. This new technology will bring unprecedented ballistic protection – the ability to withstand rifle fire – to military and law enforcement personnel in a package that meets all other required specifications (not an April Fool's joke, Ed.). To the best knowledge of Bourque Industries, no other available technology can provide a similar level of protection...
  • In first, Israel blocks Palestinian anti-tank rocket

    03/03/2011 7:22:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Wednesday, March 2, 2011
    In first, Israel blocks Palestinian anti-tank rocket TEL AVIV — For the first time, an Israeli system has intercepted an enemy missile fired toward a main battle tank. The Israeli military said the Trophy Active Protection System (APS) intercepted a Palestinian anti-tank missile in the southern Gaza Strip, Middle East Newsline reported. They said Trophy, also known as Windbreaker, stopped the missile before it struck a Merkava Mk-4 MBT on late March 1. The crew was not injured and the Merkava was not said to have sustained damage. "For the first time during operational activity, the Trophy system, designed to...
  • Future of Main Battle Tank Looks Secure

    02/03/2011 7:08:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies ^ | Feb 3, 2011 | Paul McLeary, Andy Nativi, David Eshel
    Future of Main Battle Tank Looks Secure By Paul McLeary, Andy Nativi, David Eshel Washington, Genoa, Tel Aviv The decision late last year by the U.S. Marine Corps to send a tank platoon to Afghanistan was criticized by some analysts, who rejected the idea that M1A1 Abrams tanks could be useful in a counterinsurgency (COIN) environment. But for all the talk in recent years of the civilian population representing a center of gravity in COIN operations, and the corresponding need to cut back on air strikes, long-range artillery fires and other initiatives, one aspect of COIN has often been ignored—even...
  • Is the Iraqi 7th Division Mechanizing?

    01/11/2011 10:58:37 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 6 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 12 January 2011 | DJ Elliott
    While there is RUMINT [Rumor Intelligence] that the Iraqi Army’s 7th Infantry Division is mechanizing, there is no hard data confirming or denying this. The RUMINT claims that some of the M113s that Iraq is acquiring are to be used to mechanize this division. Normally, RUMINT that thin would not rate an article. However,
  • N.Korea Boosts Special Forces, Conventional Arms

    01/01/2011 6:27:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | Dec. 31, 2010
    N.Korea Boosts Special Forces, Conventional Arms North Korea's special forces have grown by 20,000 over the past two years, reaching about 200,000 in total and increasing the so-called asymmetric threat the country poses to the South. The numbers come from the defense white paper 2010 published on Thursday, which says the North has consistently boosted its special warfare capabilities, deploying a light infantry division under an Army corps stationed on the frontline and adding a light infantry regiment to an Army division there. The 200,000-odd special troops are primed to carry out combined operations such as attacks on major facilities...
  • Tony Snow breaking news about Chattanooga reporter - and more

    12/10/2004 6:28:57 AM PST · by xgrrrl · 40 replies · 3,407+ views
    Lee Pitts, an embed reporter of the Chattanooga Times traveling with a National Guard unit, prodded one of its soldiers to ask Rumsfeld about why military units in Iraq are lacking proper armor for many vehicles. Tony is also talking to Lieutenant Bryan Suits, who hosts a radio show in Seattle, Washington on KVI, but is serving in Iraq now. Suits recently experienced an IED attack... Listen to the inside story - You can hear Tony Snow's radio show audio streaming online at
  • T-72: On the Road to Obsolescence

    12/20/2010 7:38:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 70 replies · 3+ views
    Forecast International ^ | 12/16/2010 | D. Lockwood
    T-72: On the Road to Obsolescence â‹… NEWTOWN, Conn. - New production of the T-72 main battle tank in the Russian Federation remains dormant. The Rosoboronexport organization continues to offer the remaining Russian T-72 tank inventory for export. All new T-72 production now involves only one licensed-production line. With the completion of the Iranian licensed-production programs, we expect no new T-72 production. The T-72 enjoys wide distribution on the international market, with at least 36 nations currently maintaining various versions of the tank in their inventories. The modernization and retrofit packages available will ensure continued use of the T-72 throughout...
  • US Deploying Heavily Armored Battle Tanks For First Time in Afghan War

    11/22/2010 9:59:28 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 22, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    "We've taken the gloves off, and it has had huge impact..."Jet-powered M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban. ... The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss specific tactics, said the combination of the raids, the airstrikes and the use of explosives on the ground...
  • Daewoo, Doosan in Indonesian vehicle deal

    11/19/2010 5:14:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Daewoo, Doosan in Indonesian vehicle deal Published: Nov. 18, 2010 at 6:45 AM SEOUL, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Daewoo International Corp. has brokered a $70 million deal for Doosan DST to supply the K-21 tracked infantry fighting vehicle to the Indonesian army. South Korean company Doosan DST, formerly part of Doosan Infracore, will export the 22 vehicles over the next three years. Doosan Infracore is part of the Doosan Group. It was formed when Doosan acquired Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery in April 2005 and renamed it Doosan Infracore. Daewoo International said the deal -- the first export order for...
  • Russian website accuses Georgia of Israeli tank deal

    11/12/2010 8:38:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Messenger Online, Georgia ^ | November 11, 2010 | Gvantsa Gabekhadze
    Russian website accuses Georgia of Israeli tank deal By Gvantsa Gabekhadze Thursday, November 11 Russian Military Website,, based on information from foreign media sources, has reported on an alleged decision to purchase an ultramodern tank Merkava 4, by Georgian authorities from Israel side, on November 10; however the information has not been confirmed by Georgian government representatives. “Based on an agreement with the US state administration, Israel will sell tanks to allied nations, of which Georgia is one. Merkava 4 is one of the most powerful tanks of the modern age. However, until now, Israel constructed these tanks only...
  • Iraqi Armor Update November 2010

    11/11/2010 11:56:38 AM PST · by DJ Elliott
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 11 November 2010 | DJ Elliott
    [Important item first: On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month in 1918 – Armistice. To my fellow vets: Have a happy Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day.] Details concerning armor developments in the Iraqi Army are slowly being released. However, much remains speculative. As with all speculation pieces, I will be happy if 60 percent proves correct. My comments and analysis in this lead section are in italics. The first 11 BTR4 line, command, and staff variants are arriving this month. Apparently the engine delivery problems with sub-contractor have delayed/reduced the initial delivery from...
  • Spain and Saudi Arabia negotiate 3 billion euro arms deal

    10/29/2010 4:36:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2+ views
    Spain and Saudi Arabia negotiate 3 billion euro arms deal Interest in the tanks date back to a visit by King Juan Carlos to Jeddah in 2008, since when there have been regular contacts between the Spanish manufacturers and the Saudi Defence ministry. Spain and Saudi Arabia negotiate 3 billion euro arms deal Spain is negotiating with Saudi Arabia what could become its biggest ever arms deal, the daily El Pais said Monday Spain is trying to conclude a 3 billion euro ($4.17 billion) arms deal with Saudi Arabia for American defense group General Dynamics Corp's Spanish affiliate, El Pais...
  • Russia is mature enough to purchase armor abroad

    10/15/2010 8:34:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Rus Business News ^ | 14.10.2010 | Vladimir Terletsky
    Russia is mature enough to purchase armor abroad 14.10.2010 — Analysis The only tank manufacturer in Russia, SPC Uralvagonzavod OJSC may lack orders in 2011. Professionals say that even one year downtime will result in loss of technologies and staff. Experts say that due to degradation of the military industrial complex, Russia will have to purchase armor abroad. According to a RusBusinessNews observer, this way defense companies will have to pay for their former whitewashing and today's failure to promote their products under conditions of sever competition. Management of SPC Uralvagonzavod OJSC that manufactures T-72 and T-90 tanks notified the...
  • Possible distribution of Iraqi Armor - October 2010

    10/09/2010 7:25:23 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 48 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 9 October 2010 | DJ Elliott
    What follows is a speculation piece. It is one of several possible options for the redistribution of old armor and the distribution of the new armor during the next 5 years. With the exception of 2 divisions, all the Iraqi Army divisions with armor or indications of receiving armor are in only 1 brigade per division. This could indicate that only 2 divisions are planned to be heavy by 2016 [end IMoD Phase 2] and that each of the remaining truck-motorized divisions are to get a single heavy brigade quick reaction force.
  • The End of My Cancer

    08/16/2010 10:46:29 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 145 replies
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 August 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    On 23 April I had a routine colonoscopy, and found out that I had cancer. I knew then I’d have to write this column once I knew the outcome. I had 25 days of chemotherapy, simultaneous with radiation therapy, followed by surgery on 11 August. The pathology reports came back yesterday. They were, as my surgeon said, ‘the best possible, given the circumstances.” They were clean margins and clean lymph nodes. The margins are the areas all around the site of the surgery. The lymph nodes are where cancer usually spreads first, from its original site. In laymen’s terms, I...
  • Iraqi Modular Armor Brigades

    08/26/2010 2:01:58 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 8 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 26 August 2010 | DJ Elliott
    The Iraqi Army is modeled on a modified US Army division structure. While the motorized and infantry divisions are still pre-modular, the heavy brigades are organized on the modular pattern. Recent information [not all confirmed] on purchases, training, and the distribution of newly acquired armor point towards a target of 17 IA heavy brigades and an armor training brigade by the end of the Phase 2 upgrades [2011-2016]. This indicates 4 armor divisions and a heavy brigade or [more likely] 1 armored and 4 mechanized divisions plus a heavy brigade [not including the armor training brigade] are planned for the...
  • 'Rhino' To Hit Streets Of Milwaukee To Fight Crime

    08/10/2010 6:22:27 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 10 AUGUST 2010 | WISN.COM
    MILWAUKEE -- There's a new vehicle designed to help keep the city of Milwaukee safe. The vehicle is called the "rhino" because of its armor. Private donations to Alderman Bob Donovan's Operation Impact were used to paint the donated truck and install surveillance cameras. Donovan said police will use it to monitor possible criminal and nuisance activities. "Is this going to solve all of our problems in this neighborhood? Absolutely not. Is it a step in the right direction? I believe it is. And if this doesn't work well by god, we toss it aside, we roll up our sleeves...
  • SWAG on Iraqi Armor Distribution

    07/18/2010 9:32:38 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 7 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 19 July 2010 | DJ Elliott
    DISCLAIMER: What follows, while based on known Iraqi armor orders, is an extrapolation. A prediction based on incomplete data. If 60 percent turns out correct, it will be considered good. The speculation article on Iraqi Armor orders only projected to 2014 and did not specify which divisions would be upgraded beyond the known. This article projects to 2020 and includes a possible sequence of division upgrades. The Iraqi Army appears to be adopting the US Army’s modular heavy brigade combat team (HBCT) structure with modifications. Tank companies are only 11 tanks vice 14; In place of Bradley ICV/CFVs, they are...
  • Speculation on Iraqi Army Armor Forces by 2014

    07/12/2010 9:53:43 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 11 July 2010 | DJ Elliott
    As reported in June 2010, the Iraqi Army is getting significant amounts of used US Army equipment through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process for Excess Defense Articles (EDA). This equipment includes: 1026 - M113 Family of Vehicles, 120 - M198 towed howitzers, 21 - M88A1 armored recovery vehicles, 60 - M1070s heavy equipment transporters, 24 - M109A5 self propelled howitzers, 30 - Fuel tankers, Equipment for a strategic bridge company. The BTR-4 order mix has also been clarified and the number of command and staff vehicles in that order indicates at least 2 divisions are planned for this 1st...
  • Used US Equipment Transferring to Iraqi Army

    06/27/2010 4:56:58 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 15 replies
    Montrose Toast ^ | 27 June 2010 | DJ Elliott
    The US is providing over 900 million dollars worth of used US Army equipment to the Iraqi Army with the Iraqis paying 143 million for their share of refurbishment costs. The majority of the equipment being transferred is 1,026 M113 variants of vehicles with the remaining 255 items being artillery and support.