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  • 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 coalitionís air strikes because of the deaths of civilians. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign...
  • Israelís 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: IDFís 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 IDFís 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...
  • What to Make of Franceís Leclerc Super-Tank (High-tech vehicle finally sees combat)

    07/14/2016 4:31:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 14, 2016 | SEBASTIEN ROBLIN
    Leclerc. Photo via Wikipedia ¬ďSo what do you think of France¬ís new super tank, the Leclerc?¬Ē a retired colonel in the French army¬ís logistical brigade jokingly asked me in 2002. ¬ďYou know, the one we paid a fortune for and that we¬íll never use in battle.¬Ē So far his prediction has proved true. The French military has deployed light armored vehicles and air power in its combat missions in Afghanistan, Congo, Cote d¬íIvoire, Central African Republic and Mali. But the French army¬ís main battle tanks haven¬ít fired in anger since the Gulf War. But in the summer of 2015, the...
  • A River of BS and an Ocean of Delusion Ė Just another day at the Pentagon

    06/07/2016 8:11:08 PM PDT · by pboyington · 7 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The destruction of the US military keeps humming along at a breakneck pace. According to the Pentagon and the Faustian Sellouts of the Round Table, aka the Joint Chiefs of Staff, things are going splendidly in the US military. As the military reels from severe readiness, morale and social issues, you will consistently hear some bureaucratic clown like Secretary of Defense Ash Carter declare that this is the best military the US has ever fielded. Hmm?.. In the screenwriting world, they call that ďa beat,Ē aka dead silence. Letís take a look at how well things are going these days:...
  • Syria experience helps Russia build tank for urban combat

    06/03/2016 7:51:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    Countries which use Russiaís most mass-produced second-generation main battle tank Ė the T-72 Ė need not worry about what to do with aging equipment and the transition of military operations from open to urban conditions. Russia's Uralvagonzavod Corporation (UVZ), manufacturers of the tank, has worked out how to modernize the T-72 for effective combat in urban environments. Vyacheslav Khalitov, UVZ's deputy director for special equipment, told that their project is based on experiences of the war in Syria. "If you look closely at the armed conflicts in the world, war is now fought mainly in the cities, no one...
  • The Terminator-3 Is Russiaís Answer to Hard Lessons in Chechnya

    05/27/2016 6:02:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 26, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    While the T-14 main battle tank is the most prominent member of the Armata family, the vehicle series incorporates a host of new fighting machines. Among those is a platform ominously named the Terminator-3, which is a tank support fighting vehicle. ďRussia also plans to develop its tank support fighting vehicle dubbed the Terminator-3 on the basis of the countryís latest Armata tanks,Ē Oleg Sienko, a senior manager with Uralvagonzavod Corporation told state-owned RIA Novosti earlier this year. ďWe will [produce them]. We have a concept for developing vehicles on the basis of the Armata platform.Ē
  • Thailand to Buy Battle Tanks from China

    05/20/2016 11:30:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Prashanth Parameswaran
    Thailandís military has inked an agreement with China to purchase tanks from the Asian giant, officials said earlier this week. Thai officials have confirmed that the Royal Thai Army (RTA) has formally signed a pact to buy the MBT-3000 main battle tank produced by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). Deliveries are expected to begin before the end of the year and continue within a two-year timespan. If the deal is realized, it would make Thailand the first known export customer of the MBT-3000, also referred to as the V-4. Specifics on the agreement, including the number of tanks to be...
  • Raytheon Can Turn Old American-Made M60A3 Tanks Into Killing Machines

    05/11/2016 4:43:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    The National Interest ^ | MAY 10, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Raytheon is pitching a new upgrade for the venerable M60A3 Patton main battle tank that would turn the elderly design into a competitive force on the modern battlefieldóall at a fraction of the cost of a new vehicle. Named the Raytheon M60A3 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), the upgrade is being offered for export to nations that need the performance to take on threats like a Russian-built T-90S, but canít afford a top-of-the-line machine like the M1A2 SEP(v)3 Abrams or Leopard 2A7. At the core of the upgrade is a new 950-horsepower diesel engineówhich replaces the original 750-horsepower unit. As...
  • Metal Foam Armor Disintegrates Bullets

    04/09/2016 8:25:45 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies ^ | 8 Apr 2016 | GLENN MCDONALD
    In a rather dramatic video recently posted online, an armor-piercing bullet is shown essentially disintegrating as it impacts the armor. Check it out:
  • Maker of Russia's Deadliest Tanks to Offer Tours of Its Mysterious Factory

    03/25/2016 7:35:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 21.03.2016
    Uralvagonzavod, the Russian machine-building plant best known for its production of tanks and armored fighting vehicles, including the T-90 MBT and the Armata Universal Combat Platform, is preparing to launch a brand new project: military tourism, a press release on the company's website revealed Monday. Guests, the press release says, will be able to visit the territory of the plant, which is ordinarily closed to the general public, allowing them to get acquainted with the military hardware produced by Uralvagonzavod and the history of the plant itself. Visitors to the plant, located in the city of Nizhny Tagil, in the...
  • Get Ready, Russia: This European Power Has Plans For a Lethal New Tank

    02/18/2016 10:13:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 18, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Faced with the resurgent threat of Russian armor, Germany has embarked on a program to develop a next-generation main battle tank that has sometimes been called the Leopard 3. The long overdue move comes after Berlin neglected the Bundeswehr for over two decades following the end of the Cold War and reunification of Germany. In the short- to medium-term, Germany will have to rely on upgrading the already formidable Leopard 2A7 (+) to counter Russia’s next-generation T-14 Armata main battle tank. Longer term, Germany recognizes that it will have to replace the Leopard 2 with a new design in years...
  • ‚ÄėVladimir‚Äô tanks in battle for Aleppo (Russian T-90)

    02/10/2016 5:00:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The T-90 tank, among the newest pieces of military hardware to enter into service with the Russian armed forces, is having a baptism by fire on battlefields in Syria. Turkish and Iranian media first reported the presence of Russian T-90 ‚ÄėVladimir‚Äô tanks in Syria, after which sources in the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed their presence. Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Ňěafak cited a local commander called Mahmut Hasan as saying that they ‚Äúhad been attacked by more than 80 T-72 and T-90 tanks.‚ÄĚ Syrian government troops are reported to have recaptured the towns of Nubul and al-Zahraa to the north of...
  • Turkey‚Äôs First Domestic Tank Sees Big Regional Demand

    01/08/2016 4:47:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Hurryet Daily News ^ | Jan 07, 2016
    ANKARA --- Altay, Turkey‚Äôs first domestic tank in the making, has received much interest from the country‚Äôs allies, said Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) head ńįsmail Demir said Jan. 7 during a presentation at parliament. ‚ÄúIncluding Pakistan and the Gulf countries, we can say that countries that we have good relations with are showing a large interest in the tank. Representatives of some countries are being invited to the ongoing firing tests,‚ÄĚ he said, adding that the tests were extremely satisfying. ‚ÄúLately, we have seen that Saudi Arabia‚Äôs interest was big,‚ÄĚ he said. The SSM officials said at the briefing...
  • Will Thailand Buy Russian T-90 Tanks?

    01/05/2016 4:51:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 04, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Thailand is considering buying an unknown number of Russian-made T-90S or MS main battle tanks (MBT). According to the website Defence Blog, a Thai delegation visited the Russian city of Nizhny Tagil, the site of the largest main battle tank manufacturer in the world. The Royal Thai Army delegation expressed interest in both the T-90(M)S and the T-14 Armata MBT ‚Äď dubbed ‚ÄúRussia‚Äôs deadliest tank‚ÄĚ (See: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs Official: Russia‚Äôs Deadliest Tank Will Be Ready for Battle in 2020‚ÄĚ). However, the export version of the T-14 MBT is still in the development stage and would not be ready in time to...
  • Can the US Army win the next war?

    11/09/2015 2:04:18 AM PST · by pboyington · 63 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 9, 2015 | Morris Schaffer
    Word is starting to seep out, like water slowly exiting a crack in a dam that the US Army’s armored warfare capabilities, capacity and readiness are in big trouble. Coming out of nearly a dozen years of infantry combat in the Middle East against insurgent forces, the Army is still heavily focused on infantry tactics operations, peacekeeping and special warfare. The knowledge and skills needed to fight traditional US Army battles, with armor and mechanized infantry backed up by superior air support, in what used to be called Air Land Battle seem about as ancient as the Dead Sea Scrolls....
  • Shock and Awe: Russia Rolls out New Deadly Armored Vehicle

    09/19/2015 8:19:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 57 replies
    The latest version of Russiaís BMP-3 Dragun armored vehicle became a major attention grabber at the Russia Arms Expo which has just wrapped up in Nizhny Tagil. A heavily updated version of its BMP-3 predecessor, the BMP-3M Dragun AFV features an uninhabited combat module with a front-loaded engine. The combat module, isolated from the crew and troop compartment, features a 2A70 100 mm rifled gun, which can fire conventional shells or guided missiles, a 2A72 30 mm dual feed autocannon, which can fire 300 rounds per minute, and a 7.62mm machine gun that can fire up to 800 rounds per...
  • The ďPereĒ Tank is Exposed (Israeli secret weapon)

    09/16/2015 3:43:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Israel Defense ^ | 14/09/2015 | Ami Rojkes Dombe
    The Yom-Kippur War left the IDF with a limited capacity of coping with the Russian armor of Egypt and Syria. The IDF sought a way to extend the range at which enemy tanks may be engaged and destroyed. The solution was provided by Rafael that developed the Tamuz (Spike) missile in the early 1980s. Back then, the Spike had a range of 8 kilometers, could be employed during the daytime and proved highly effective against the Russian armor. The question was what should be done with that missile. One of the most creative ideas was conceived by Col. (res.) Benny...
  • ZTZ-99A Tank, China's King of Land Battle

    09/02/2015 5:57:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    China Military Online ^ | Sept 02, 2015
    The ZTZ-99A tank, known as China's king of land battle, will appear in the military parade at the Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, China, on the morning of September 3, 2015. This will be the grand debut of the ZTZ-99A tank in China, but it made its name long before. During the "Peace Mission 2014" multilateral military exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), its maneuverability, power and speed wowed the world. Mao Ming, chief expert of China North Industries Group Corporations and chief designer of ZTZ-99A tank, said in a recent interview that the ZTZ-99A is in a leading position in...
  • The Lowdown on Russia's Revolutionary New Tank Gun

    08/21/2015 5:20:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Discussing the tremendous combat potential for the new AU-220M 57 mm automatic gun, experts speaking for Russian Ministry of Defense television network Zvezda have described the new weapon as being one of the best initiatives to be implemented by the Russian military in over a decade. The channel recalled that in Russia, the idea of large-caliber guns for use by armor and artillery first emerged at the very outset of the Great Patriotic War, with Soviet engineers demonstrating the potential of the then-unprecedented 57-mm anti-tank gun, the 52-P-271, in the difficult first months of the war, in 1941. The revolutionary...
  • The T-80 Is Russiaís Most Overrated Tank

    08/11/2015 1:37:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 10, 2015 | S.K. Au-Yeong
    The T-80 is a glaring lesson in why heavily-armored tanks can hide major weaknesses. Once considered a premium tank by the Russian military establishment, T-80s suffered savage losses to lightly armed guerrillas during the First Chechen War. The tankís reputation never recovered. It wasnít supposed to be this way. The T-80 was the last main battle tank to come out of the Soviet Union. It was the first Soviet tank to mount a gas turbine engine, giving it a top road speed of 70 kilometers per hour and an efficient power-to-weight ratio of 25.8 horsepower per ton. This made the...
  • Good enough for China, but India spurns Arjun

    07/09/2015 2:46:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Business Standard ^ | July 6, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Chinese experts have given a thumbs up to the Arjun main battle tank (MBT), even as India's own army continues to sideline it, inexplicably preferring to continue a four-decade-long dependence on Russian armoured vehicles. Last week, a senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) officer at its premier tank design institution, the Academy of Armoured Forces Engineering in Beijing, told visiting Indian journalists that the Arjun tank is "very good", and well suited for Indian conditions. This could hardly have been pro forma politeness, as PLA is not given to praising India's military capabilities. It would appear that PLA officers, who work...
  • This 61-Year-Old Tank Still Fights Everywhere

    06/27/2015 5:14:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 06/26/2015 | S.K. AU-YEONG
    Like the AK-47 but for tanks, T-54 and T-55s endure on battlefields around the world. Simple to operate and maintain, these decades-old Soviet armored beasts are still popular in small nations and with non-state irregular forces‚Ää¬ó‚Ääa true ¬ďpeople¬ís tank.¬Ē If a coup or fratricidal civil war breaks out in one of Moscow¬ís current or former beneficiaries, there¬ís good chances T-54 or T-55s are taking part. When Afghanistan collapsed in the 1990s, the Taliban and Northern Alliance coalition both inherited T-55s formerly belonging to the communist government. The tanks served in Yugoslavia¬ís multi-sided civil war during the same decade. Today, captured...
  • Germanyís Bundeswehr Receives First New Generation Puma Armored Vehicles

    06/24/2015 5:27:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Germanyís unified armed forces received its first production of Puma armored infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV) on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Unterluss Proving Ground. The Puma has a baseline weight of 31.45 tons, allowing it to be lifted by an Airbus A400M transport, according to IHS Jane. When fitted with its armor package, the vehicle weighs up to 43 tons. The vehicle is also equipped with a remote-controlled turret (RCT) armed with a 30 mm Mauser MK 30-2 cannon, and a 5.56 mm MG4 co-axial machine gun. These weapons are operated by a computerized day/night fire control system that...
  • Is India's Main Battle Tank Finally Doomed?

    06/18/2015 6:44:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 18, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Last week, the Indian Army released a global request for information (RFI) inviting responses by 31 July to develop a multi-purpose Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) in order to replace older license-built Soviet-era main-battle tanks (MBTs). ďThe Indian Army is planning to design and develop a new generation, state-of-the-art combat vehicle platform for populating its armored fighting vehicle fleet in the coming decade. This vehicle, which will be called the future ready combat vehicle (FRCV), will form the base platform for the main battle tank which is planned to replace the existing T-72 tanks in the Armored Corps,Ē the RFI...
  • Germany, France to jointly develop 'Leopard 3' tank

    05/23/2015 3:50:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    dpa, Reuters ^ | 22.05.2015
    The German Defense Ministry announced its plans for the "Leo 3" (as it's likely to be nicknamed in Germany) in a report on Friday to the Bundestag, which was obtained by multiple media outlets. "Technologies and concepts will be investigated between 2015 and 2018 in joint studies also involving German industry," Markus GrŁbel, a deputy minister in the German Defense Ministry told his parliamentary colleagues. He cited the Leopard 2's long years of service as the reason that a new battle tank was required. The Leopard 2's 50-year service life is set to expire in 2030. The tank, which came...
  • The War on Passive Protection: The Government Hates Your Freedom (Again) by Bill Buppert

    05/09/2015 4:21:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    ZeroGov ^ | 5/7/15 | Bill Buppert
    The War on Passive Protection: The Government Hates Your Freedom (Again) by Bill Buppert Posted on May 7, 2015 by Bill Passive protection. The ability to use non-violent means to defend yourself, much like the use of seatbelts or the active use of fire suppression devices. Objects in and of themselves that cannot harm others without a devilishly clever manipulation of the device(s). Imagine a country or class of people who finds these items not only offensive but threatening in and of themselves.Hence the latest round of outrageously silly notions to outlaw the use of body armor by normal citizens...
  • Putin's new tank breaks down during Victory Day parade rehearsal

    05/08/2015 3:50:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05/08/2015
    Seventy years ago, Soviet tanks made it all the way to Berlin, but this week one of the newest Russian tanks struggled to make it all the way across Red Square. The next-generation tank appeared to stall during the final rehearsal for a major military parade in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in the second world war. The Armata tank, which is on display for the first time, ground to a halt during the rehearsal, in an incident later claimed to have been a deliberate test. President Vladimir Putin will welcome the leaders of India, China and...
  • Russian Defense Ministry Reveals First Photo of New Armata T-14 Tank

    04/21/2015 11:05:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | April 21, 2015
    Russian Defense Ministry The Armata battle tank is part of a massive rearmament program costing hundreds of billions of dollars that aims to restore some of the military might that Russia lost after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday published the first official photo of the country's much awaited new T-14 Armata battle tank. Ten Armata tanks are set to take part in Moscow's Red Square Parade on May 9, according to details published alongside a photo of the tank in an interactive section dedicated to Victory Day on the ministry's website. The Armata is...
  • Liquid armour is now a thing, and it stops bullets better than Kevlar

    04/21/2015 8:48:47 AM PDT · by stickandrudder · 43 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 10 APR 2015 | FIONA MACDONALD
    Researchers in Poland have developed a liquid thatís super-light and flexible... until you shoot a bullet at it that is. Upon impact, their specially designed 'shear-thickening fluid', or STF, turns into a solid that's reportedly not just more comfortable than Kevlar - the most widely used material in bulletproof armour - but also offers even better protection against bullets and other projectiles. Created by the Moratex Institute of Security Technologies, the liquid is what's known as a non-Newtonian fluid. Unlike regular Newtonian fluids like water, which only change their structure according to temperature or pressure fluctuations, non-Newtonian fluids change their...
  • Russia Rolls Out a New Infantry Fighting Vehicle ó Its First Since the Cold War

    04/17/2015 5:24:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 16, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    Two videos uploaded to the Internet purportedly reveal Russiaís first truly new infantry fighting vehicles in decades and a new self-propelled howitzer. One of the videos even shows intriguing closeups of whatís probably Russiaís new Armata tank. If the videos are authentic, itís a sign that the Kremlinís long-delayed rearmament plans are making progress.
  • Russia Rolls Out a New Infantry Fighting Vehicle ó Its First Since the Cold War

    04/16/2015 7:29:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/16/2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    Two videos uploaded to the Internet purportedly reveal Russia’s first truly new infantry fighting vehicles in decades and a new self-propelled howitzer. One of the videos even shows intriguing closeups of what’s probably Russia’s new Armata tank. If the videos are authentic, it’s a sign that the Kremlin’s long-delayed rearmament plans are making progress. Unknown videographers captured the footage at the Alabino training grounds, a base about 29 miles southwest of Moscow where Russian forces rehearse for the annual May 9 Victory Day parade in Red Square. The parade celebrates the Soviet Union victory over Nazi Germany during World War...
  • Russia's newest armored vehicle swims and picks its own shots

    03/24/2015 10:24:22 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 4 replies
    Engadget ^ | Andrew Tarantola
    Russia's latest armored prototype was recently spotted rehearsing for the nation's upcoming May 9th Victory Day parade following more than half a decade of top-secret development. Dubbed the Kurganets BMP-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), this amphibious personnel carrier has been designed to replace all of Russia's existing tracked assault vehicles, which have been in service since the Cold War. The 25-ton Kurganets-25 will carry about a half-dozen troops and protect them with modular armor that can be adapted to meet specific mission requirements. It is armed with a 30mm cannon and a quartet of anti-tank guided missile launchers, all of...
  • 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 wouldnít be able to obtain body armor. ďThere 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,Ē Honda said in a statement last week. ďThereís 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, itís estimated that more than 20 million Soviet citizens that were seen as a threat to the countryís 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 ďIron ManĒ suit. So much so that theyíve 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 yesterdayís 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 ďATF is currently executing search warrants on all of our locations.Ē ďWe will be burning the midnight oil to assure we are fully operational by morning and that business goes on as uninterrupted as possible,Ē Tuma stated in last nightís 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, itís not mythical, but itís almost as hard to capture one of these infamous ďgray ghosts of the HimalayasĒ on camera as it is to track down a creature that doesnít actually exist.
  • TATA Introduces the Kestrel Ė 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 TATAíS strategy to enhance the scope of its defense business Tata Motors HAS showcased the ĎKestrelí, 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 · 41 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 Ė 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...