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  • New Breath of Life for the Old Patton (M60 tank)

    12/08/2017 9:55:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 71 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Oct 26, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    In the 1960s the M-60 series Patton tank was the main battle tank (MBT) of the US Army and Marine Corps. Mounting the powerful M68 105mm gun, and protected with heavier steel armor, in the 1960s the M-60 represented the most advanced tank of its generation, a combat vehicle that could face the most sophisticated Soviet tank of its time – T-55. In all, over 15,000 tanks of these models were built and supplied to 24 countries in addition to the U.S. Today, almost half that number are still operational, particularly with third world countries. While the M-60 was tested...
  • The U.S. Army Is Searching for a New Light Tank

    11/13/2017 6:00:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 13, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    Two decades ago, the U.S. Army phased out its last light tank. Now the Pentagon has decided its infantry could use some lightweight armored firepower, and is looking to choose between at least three off-the-shelf designs by 2019. This initiative, called Mobile Protected Firepower, intends to outfit infantry brigades with their own 14-vehicle companies of armored fire support vehicles. That way, they no longer depend on separate heavy armored battalions to detach tanks to help them. The new light tanks would assist the infantry by blasting bunkers, fortified houses, machine gun nests and the occasional armored vehicle.
  • PLA's New Light Tank is Unveiled (China)

    10/12/2017 10:50:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    China Daily ^ | Oct 11, 2017
    Developed by Norinco, the Chinese army’s new light tank is equipped with a hydropneumatic suspension system and is armed with a 105mm gun that can fire both shells and guided missiles. (Chinese Internet photo) China has confirmed the deployment of a new light tank, which observers say will suit combat operations on plateaus. A photo of the tank on snowy ground is on display at an exposition in the Beijing Exhibition Center, as part of a display showing achievements made by China over the past five years. The caption accompanying the picture says it is a new type of light...
  • Heavy Competition For Light Tank: SAIC & Singapore Vs. BAE, GDLS (for U.S. Army)

    10/10/2017 12:39:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | October 06, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    If the stars align for defense contractor SAIC, the US Army and Marine Corps will soon be buying hundreds of armored vehicles designed in Singapore. Yesterday, six months after joining forces for the first time on the Marines’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition – and just four days before the massive Association of the US Army conference opens in DC – Virginia-based SAIC and Singapore Technologies Kinetics officially announced they are teaming up again for the Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower program, a light tank to support light infantry in places where the massive M1 Abrams cannot go. SAIC didn’t go in...

    08/29/2017 5:14:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | AUGUST 29, 2017 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS presents its 360-degree protection of for army vehicles against RPGs.. (photo credit:RAFAEL/SCREENSHOT) After years of testing Israel’s Trophy active protection system, the US Army is close to giving the green light to having it installed on the M1A1 Abrams tank. The US Army would then be the first army outside the IDF to use the system. Maj.-Gen. David Bassett, who is in charge of the US Army’s programs in the area of ground combat systems, was quoted by the DefenseTech website as saying that he plans to make the decision on the system as soon as...

    08/02/2017 3:32:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | AUGUST 1, 2017 | NNA AHRONHEIM
    Ministry of Defense shows off new APC turret.. (photo credit:DEFENSE MINISTRY) The Defense Ministry has started testing an upgraded version of its Namer heavy armored personnel carrier, fitted for the first time with a 30mm turret to make it better suited for urban combat. “An APC equipped with a turret and cannon gives it an advantage during urban warfare,” stated Brig.-Gen. Baruch Matzliach, head of the Tank Program Administration. “The shortened cannon makes it more maneuverable, and [gives] the ability to provide firepower to infantry soldiers. It also lets infantry soldiers be more independent on the battlefield, with less dependence...
  • The US is looking at a major tank upgrade, but a weapon to counter it may already be out there

    06/12/2017 12:49:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Monday, 12 June, 2017 | Christopher Woody
    The US Army is considering various systems to better shield tanks and armored vehicles from RPGs, antitank missiles, and other enemy fire. But the latest version of the RPG, a staple in the arsenals of Russia and other forces, may already be a step ahead of the active-protection systems the US may soon adopt. The Pentagon has purchased active-protection systems to test out on Abrams tanks and Bradley and Stryker armoured vehicles, and may even mount them on lighter vehicles, like the successor to the Humvee, according to a report from Scout Warrior. “The Army is looking at a range...
  • Air Force Academy cadet creates goo that stops bullets

    05/15/2017 7:21:30 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Air Force Times ^ | May 14, 2017 | Charlsy Panzino
    A gooey substance normally wouldn’t seem like it could stop a bullet, but an Air Force Academy cadet has created just that. Air Force Academy Cadet 1st Class Hayley Weir created a goo-like substance that can stop bullets. Cadet 1st Class Hayley Weir’s interest in bullet-stopping materials was piqued when she took a chemistry class at the academy in 2014. The class was given three materials to combine in a way that could stop a bullet. “Up to that point, it was the coolest thing I’d done as a cadet,” Weir, a senior at the academy, told Air Force Times....
  • BAE to expand York plant, add 530 new jobs (Defense plant in Pennsylvania)

    05/01/2017 12:57:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WHTM-TV ^ | May 1, 2017 | Myles Snyder
    YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – BAE Systems plans to add hundreds of new jobs when it expands its West Manchester Township plant. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that BAE will build a new office facility and add new machining and manufacturing systems at 1100 Bairs Road. He said the military contractor will invest over $44.5 million in the project and create 530 new, full-time jobs within three years. Hiring is expected to begin in 2018. “As we invest in our organization and infrastructure, we’re also investing in our people, both of which are critical for our ability to succeed,” said Adam...
  • The PT-76 Was the Little Soviet Amphibious Tank That Could

    03/17/2017 6:09:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 17, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The PT-76 seems like a minor oddity of the Cold War — a Soviet amphibious light tank with thin armor and an unimpressive gun. Certainly it seemed bound for rough treatment on modern battlefields full of heavy weapons and heavier tanks. But the floating PT-76 chalked up a remarkable record, carrying knife-wielding Himalayan soldiers into battle, sinking gunboats on the Ganges Delta, dueling powerful U.S. Patton tanks in Vietnam, and launching amphibious surprise attacks on both sides of the same Middle Eastern war.
  • India eyes Israeli tank, APC systems

    12/01/2016 5:48:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | 30/11/2016 | Yuval Azulai
    Israeli companies involved in the Merkava tank and Namer armored personnel carrier held a seminar in India, Israel's biggest defense customer. Representatives of over 20 Israeli companies involved in the development and production program for the Merkava tank and Namer armored personnel carrier today finished the first seminar ever conducted in India. Dozens of Indian companies attended the seminar. The Ministry of Defense SIBAT - Ministry of Defense International Defense Cooperation Authority sponsored the seminar, in view of the emerging needs of Indian industry in order to prepare for the large-scale procurement of armored vehicles by the Indian army expected...
  • Britain to be left with fewer tanks than Serbia as existing war machines are replaced by Ajax (tr)

    11/27/2016 7:49:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 28 November 2016 | JESSICA DUNCAN
    The Army are planning to cut its number of front line tanks by up to a third, leaving Britain with fewer than Serbia, Russia and only a few more than Switzerland. As MailOnline reported earlier this month hundreds of Ajax mini-tanks are due to be supplied to the Army next year with the full order of 600 delivered to the Ministry of Defence by 2024 costing around £3.5billion. The Ajax armoured vehicles will travel at speeds of up to 40mph and have been touted as the first ever fully digital armoured fighting vehicle in UK military history. All you need...
  • British intelligence warns Russian vehicle is 'the most revolutionary change in tank design (tr)

    11/06/2016 6:19:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 113 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 6 November 2016 | DARREN BOYLE
    Putin's new 'super tank': British intelligence warns Russian vehicle is 'the most revolutionary change in tank design in the last half century' and leaves the West totally outgunned British military intelligence officers have issued a warning over a new Russian 'super tank' which they claim is far superior to anything which is available to Nato. The document claims that Britain's Challenger II main battle tank could be overpowered by the Kremlin's new Armata tank. Officials believe the new Russian tank is 'revolutionary' and blames the government for failing to provide a proper response. The current policy is to not consider...
  • Italian Military Unveils New Tank as Parliament Ponders Funding

    10/21/2016 8:25:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 20.10.2016
    On Wednesday, Italian defense officials and industry representatives gathered at a military base on the outskirts of Rome to view a demonstration of Rome’s newest tank, the Centauro II. The exhibition took place on October 19 at the Cecchignola Army range. Parliament is still deliberating on whether to approve the $520 million for the combat vehicle, as Mauro Moretti, CEO of aerospace technology company Leonardo, and Deputy Defence Staff Chief Lt. Gen. Danilo Errico watched the prototype traverse ditches and steep hills. The Centauro II is more powerful than the original, with a 720-horsepower engine, a digital-communication display and a...
  • British Army Challenger Tank Upgrade Elicits Strong Response

    08/12/2016 7:49:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Forecast International ^ | August 11, 2016
    LONDON --- An initial assessment phase portion for the British Army Challenger main battle tank upgrade program has elicited response from multiple bidders. The British Army's fleet of 227 Challenger tanks are to be upgraded under a program expected to reach £624 million ($816 million). Under the latest U.K. Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) published in November 2015, the Conservative government opted to extend the service life of the British Army's Challenger II main battle tank - which began entering service in 1998 - out by 10 years to 2035. With the deadline for submitting industry proposals to the...
  • Type-96B Seen As Pillar of Nation's Tank Force (China)

    08/10/2016 6:54:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    China Daily ^ | August 10, 2016
    China's military is likely to deploy the Type-96B tank as the pillar of its tank fleet, replacing most of its old models, observers said. Gao Zhuo, a military observer in Shanghai who has close contact with the People's Liberation Army, told China Daily that the excellent capabilities of the Type-96B qualify it to be the backbone of China's tank force. "The Type-96B is the strongest variant of the Type-96 family and is truly an advanced, third-generation main battle tank," he said. "The PLA will use it to replace the old tanks such as the Type-59 and Type-69 models." His remarks...
  • US approves US$1.15 billion tanks, military equipment deal with Saudi Arabia

    08/10/2016 6:49:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, 10 August, 2016
    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armoured recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about US$1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticised the coalition’s air strikes because of the deaths of civilians. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign...
  • Israel’s Next Troop Taxi Is a Giant, Armored Carapace

    08/06/2016 6:28:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 6, 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    On the morning of July 19, 2014, an M-113 armored vehicle belonging to the Israeli army’s Golani Brigade crept into one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the Gaza Strip — the scene of one of the most brutal battles in the 2014 war with Hamas. But the lightly-armored vehicle, which dates to before the Vietnam War, was not meant for this kind of conflict. During the fighting, an anti-tank mine exploded underneath the M-113, killing seven soldiers. Hamas gunmen then ambushed IDF troops coming to the rescue, forcing them to retreat.
  • WATCH: IDF’s First Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier Unveiled

    08/03/2016 6:38:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 2, 2016 | Staff
    The Jerusalem Post reports: The Defense Ministry unveiled on Monday the IDF’s first wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC). The platform will soon enter service, joining the tracked Namer APC and eventually replacing the aging and vulnerable M113 platforms.
  • 100 Indian Tanks Now Near China Border In Eastern Ladakh, More To Come

    07/21/2016 6:49:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    NDTV ^ | July 19, 2016 | Sudhi Ranjan Sen
    LADAKH: Tipu Sultan, Maharana Pratap and Aurangzeb are surveying the vast open valleys hugging the mountain ranges of eastern Ladakh, ready to counter any threat from China, which lies just across the border. If you are wondering how the three rulers, separated by hundreds of years, have come together, these are the names of three tanks of a regiment the Indian Army has positioned about six to eight months ago in eastern Ladakh. India did briefly use tanks here in the 1962 India-China war (five were air dropped) but they were withdrawn after the humiliating defeat. Now, the tanks of...