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  • Turkey’s first tank export ‘Kaplan’ debuts in Indonesia

    10/06/2017 11:55:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The KAPLAN MT Modern Medium Weight Tank, first tank-class vehicle exported by Turkey's defense industry, was presented to the public Thursday by the Indonesian Army in Cilegon during an official parade on National Armed Forces Day. The parade in the coastal West Java city included nearly 6,000 soldiers and Indonesia's most modern imported weaponry including warships, helicopters, submarines and the KAPLAN MT tank. Pindad Chairman Abraham Mose told Anadolu Agency he is pleased by the completion of the tank project. "This project is the proof that we can produce high technology defense vehicles with our own efforts without being dependent...
  • Spanish shipbuilder’s landing craft sank under Australian tanks

    09/19/2017 8:35:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 4, 2017 | RORY CALLINAN
    A Spanish company vying for a $30 billion Navy ship building contract is using a Youtube video to imply its landing craft can carry Australia’s heavy tanks despite the boat sinking too low in water when the armoured vehicle was put on board. Navantia, one of three contenders for Australia’s $30 billion Future Frigates contract, has a contract worth about $240 million to supply Australia with 12 landing craft supposedly capable of carrying the army’s 62 tonne M1A1 Abrams tanks. Defence has since confirmed trials of the boats had to be suspended after they sank to low in the water...
  • India Wants to Match China’s Mountain Tank

    09/12/2017 6:09:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 12, 2017 | Robert Beckhusen
    The Indian Army is in the early planning stages for a new light tank capable of traversing the rugged conditions of India’s mountainous northern borders. A directive from the Army setting requirements for the machine comes soon after China tested its own mountain tank in Tibet. India and China have long-running border disputes at Aksai Chin in India’s northwest and Arunachal Pradesh in the northeast. In June 2017, a standoff ensued at Doklam, near Bhutan, when Chinese troops with construction machinery moved into a disputed territory to extend a road. Indian troops arrived and both sides faced off, and both...
  • New Urban Camo Won’t Save British Tanks

    08/29/2017 7:10:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 28, 2017 | David Axe
    <p>The British Army has painted some of its Challenger 2 tanks in a new camouflage scheme that planners hope will help the 62-ton machines hide on city streets. But the government has withheld other, more important enhancements.</p> <p>The tanks’ blocky, white, gray and brown scheme is actually a throwback to the Cold War, when British tankers prepared to defend West Berlin from the Soviets.</p>
  • For sale: China's brand new, souped-up tanks

    08/22/2017 9:22:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Popular Science ^ | August 22, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    VT-4 TANK CHINA NORINCO It's not like every defense contractor in the world can boast of its own fleet of tanks. Here, a platoon of VT-4 main battle tanks leads the parade for Norinco's annual 2nd Armor Day. NORINCO Last week, China's dominant fighting vehicle manufacturer, China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), displayed a bevy of export armored vehicles as part of its Armor Day celebrations. These festivities, now in their second year, laud the power of Chinese military and offer an occasion to show off to senior foreign military officers, who were likely there as potential buyers. The day began...
  • China Flaunts New “Better Than India’s T-90” Tank on Tibet Plateau

    06/30/2017 10:59:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | 30 June, 2017
    The new Chinese tank (Left) and India’s MBT T-90 (Right). The Chinese military on Friday said it has conducted trials of a new light weight battle tank in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet near the Indian border. The 35-tonne tank has carried out trials in the plains of Tibet, People's Liberation Army spokesman Col Wu Qian said at a media briefing here. He was responding to questions about media reports that the PLA had carried out an exercise involving a new type of 35-tonne light weight tank in Tibet. When asked whether it is targeted against India, the PLA...

    06/27/2017 8:01:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Quwa, Pakistan ^ | Jun 27, 2017 | Bilal Khan
    The Malyshev Factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine rolled out an Oplot main battle tank (MBT) and conducted a mobility test of it on Friday, June 23 with Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Secretary of the National Security Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov in attendance. Ukrainian news outlets, such as Depo Harkiv, claim – citing Malyshev Factory employees – that this specific Oplot MBT – dubbed “Oplot-P – will be sent to Pakistan. This comes following recent reports from Ukrainian media of the Oplot MBT drawing Pakistani interest. In April, Delovaya Stolitsa interviewed Pakistan’s Ambassador to Ukraine Maj. Gen (retired) Athar Abbas,...
  • 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...
  • Should Russia's new Armata T-14 tanks worry Nato?

    06/01/2017 6:18:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 99 replies
    BBC News ^ | 30 May 2017 | Jonathan Marcus
    A Russian innovation in armoured warfare has pushed Norway to replace many of its current anti-tank systems. Active protection systems (APS) are being built into Russia's new Armata T-14 tank, posing a problem for a whole generation of anti-armour weapons, not least the US-supplied Javelin guided missile, used by the Norwegian Army. The warning comes from Brig Ben Barry of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He says this is a problem that most Nato countries have barely begun to grapple with. APS threatens to make existing anti-tank weapons far less effective, and there is little real...
  • Turkish-Indonesian made battle tank unveiled in Istanbul

    05/11/2017 7:31:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    ANADOLU AGENCY ^ | May 10, 2017
    KAPLAN MT Modern Medium Weight Tank developed by FNSS and Indonesian company PT Pindad is showcased during the 13th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF'17) in Istanbul, Turkey on May 09, 2017. (AA Photo) Turkey's FNSS and Indonesia's PT Pindad unveiled the jointly developed medium weight tank, KAPLAN MT, during the 13th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul Wednesday. FNSS CEO Nail Kurt said at a news conference the KAPLAN MT program represents not only a new product but also the implementation of a new approach for cooperation in the multinational defense industry. Kurt said that in line with FNSS'...
  • 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 Ł3.5billion. 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...
  • Britain's Centurion: The Best Cold War Tank?

    11/13/2016 9:31:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The National Interest ^ | November 12, 2016 | Michael Peck
    When someone mentions a list of the best tanks in history, the names are always the same: Tiger, T-34, M-1 Abrams. And always from the same nations: Germany, Russia, America. But great tanks from Great Britain? Though the British were the ones to develop armored fighting vehicles in World War I, British tanks of the Second World War can generally be described in one word: awful. There were tanks that could barely move without breaking down. Tanks that were fast but too thinly armored, or heavily armored but too slow. Tanks with radios that didn’t work. Tanks with guns that...
  • 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...
  • General Dynamics Unveils Promising New Pint-Sized “Franken-Tank”

    10/06/2016 6:55:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | OCTOBER 5, 2016
    The Army’s long search for a small tank that packs a big punch seems to never end. Now, General Dynamics is looking to do something about that with their new Griffin tank technology demonstrator. Unveiled at this year’s Association of the United States Army (AUSA) convention in Washington DC, this little tank is meant to be a jumping off point for finally fulfilling the Army’s mobile protected firepower requirement. The 27 ton Griffin is a franken-tank of sorts, which is not a bad thing. It uses pieces of existing technology to lower costs and development time–and also return some investment...
  • 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 Ł624 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...
  • What to Make of France’s 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 “So what do you think of France’s new super tank, the Leclerc?” a retired colonel in the French army’s logistical brigade jokingly asked me in 2002. “You know, the one we paid a fortune for and that we’ll never use in battle.” 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’Ivoire, Central African Republic and Mali. But the French army’s main battle tanks haven’t fired in anger since the Gulf War. But in the summer of 2015, the...
  • 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 Russia’s most mass-produced second-generation main battle tank – the T-72 – 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...
  • Thailand to Buy Battle Tanks from China

    05/20/2016 11:30:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Prashanth Parameswaran
    Thailand’s 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...