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  • Germany Claims Trophy in Strong Europe Tank Challenge

    05/16/2016 1:21:51 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies ^ | May 13, 2016 | Ms. Lacey Justinger
    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- The German platoon took top honors in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge, a three-day competition that tested offensive and defensive operations and mounted orienteering, with Denmark and Poland placing second and third, May 13, 2016. Seven platoons from six NATO nations took part in the U.S. Army Europe and German Bundeswehr-sponsored competition that was hosted by 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, May 10-12, here. Units that participated included Denmark's 1st Platoon, 1st Tank Company, 1st Tank Battalion; Germany's Platoon C, Company 3, Mountain Panzer Battalion 8, Panzer Brigade 12; Italy's 1st Platoon, 2nd Company, 8th Battalion,...
  • The M-60 Patton Tank Is Still a Mean Machine

    05/13/2016 5:52:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 13, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Raytheon is pitching a new upgrade for the venerable M-60A3 Patton main battle tank that would turn the elderly design into a competitive force on the modern battlefield — all at a fraction of the cost of a new vehicle.
  • U.S. Ships Tanks To Georgia For Military Drills

    05/07/2016 12:36:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 37 replies
    Eurasia Net ^ | 04 May 2016 | Joshua Kucera
    The United States is for the first time shipping its tanks across the Black Sea for joint exercises with Georgia. The U.S. Army's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division loaded the tanks on to ferries in Varna, Bulgaria, in order to ship them to Batumi ahead of the second annual Noble Partner military exercises to be held later this month. The exercises will include 650 American troops, as well as 500 from Georgia and 150 from the United Kingdom. Last year's Noble Partner (the first such exercise) was noteworthy for the fact that the U.S. shipped Bradley Fighting...
  • Iran unveils Tiam tank

    04/18/2016 6:23:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    IHS Jane's Defence Weekly ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jeremy Binnie
    The Iranian Ground Forces revealed new vehicles on 13 April including the Tiam tank, which appears to be a fusion of US and Chinese tanks. The Tiam's hull is that of a M47M, a variant of the US M47 that uses the engine from the M60A1 tank. The M47M was produced in Iran from the early 1970s and Iran unveiled a modified version called the Sabalan in April 2014. The Sabalan was armed with what looked like a 105 mm L7-type rifled gun instead of the original 90 mm.
  • Sweden's "S-Tank" Had a Super StrangeBut Not StupidDesign

    04/05/2016 11:54:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 4, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    The Swedish Stridsvagn 103 (or "S-Tank") was one of the most unusual tanks ever built. Designed to give good defensive firepower to enforce Sweden's armed neutrality, it's unique design came at a cost: it is absolutely no good on offense. During the Cold War Sweden maintained a position of armed neutrality. Sandwiched between NATO powers and members of the Warsaw Pact, it took neither side and prepared to defend its territory from all comers. The trick with armed neutrality is to appear strong enough to deter an enemy from attacking, while appearing weak enough to not look threatening. In other...
  • New N. Korean rocket turns enemy tanks into 'boiled pumpkin' (portable, laser-guided rocket)

    02/27/2016 6:38:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/27/16 | AFP
    North Korea on Saturday boasted of a newly developed anti-tank weapon that its leader said was so powerful it could turn the most heavily armoured enemy tanks into "boiled pumpkin". Pyongyang's state media said leader Kim Jong-Un had watched tests of the portable, laser-guided rocket and declared it had the "longest firing range in the world", and was "as accurate as a sniper's rifle". "He noted with great satisfaction that even the special armoured tanks and cars of the enemies which boast their high manoeuvrability and striking power are no more than a boiled pumpkin before the anti-tank guided weapon",...
  • Get Ready, Russia: This European Power Has Plans For a Lethal New Tank

    02/19/2016 8:44:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    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...
  • Russia completes reformation of 1st Guards Tank Army

    02/10/2016 7:10:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Jane's ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nikolai Novichkov
    The Russian Ground Forces has completed the reactivation of the 1st Guards Tank Army in Russia's Western Military District (WMD) and is to form two new armoured divisions, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. A session of the Defence Ministry Board, chaired by Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, discussed the reactivation as part of the development of Russia's quick reaction force. The session also revealed that Russia will form two new armoured divisions near the cities of Voronezh (in the WMD) and Chelyabinsk (in the Central Military District: CMD) in 2016.
  • Nazi Germany’s Panzer Corps Faked It ‘Til It Made It

    12/28/2015 10:27:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 167 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 27, 2015 | David Axe
    The terms of the Versailles Treaty that ended World War I prohibited Germany from joining Great Britain, France and other major powers in developing tanks — those heavily-armed, thickly-armored tracked vehicles that had debuted late in the conflict and had helped to break the stalemate of trench warfare. But the tank ban didn’t actually stop Nazi Germany from inventing new tanks and refining tactics for their use. Instead, the treaty limitations pushed German armored vehicle development into the military-industrial shadows. In the decades before Panzers swept across Europe and the Soviet Union, the Panzerwaffe armored corps evolved in secrecy.
  • Report: Russia has begun to place infantry tanks in northern Syria

    11/24/2015 5:07:08 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 11/24/15 | Roi Kais
    Russian tanks armored against anti-tank missiles and ground forces began to enter northern Syria via a military airfield in Aleppo, Lebanese newspaper "As-Safir" affiliated with Hezbollah reported . The newspaper estimated that the airport will be the third in which Russian Air Force aircraft will be deployed.
  • US Shocked To Find Russian Machine Gun With Iranian Ammo Attached To Abrams Tank

    10/17/2015 4:02:55 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 33 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10-17-15 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this month, Shia militiamen in Iraq dropped off an American-supplied Abrams tank at a US-supported repair facility where workers were surprised to find an attached Russian machine gun plus Iranian ammo, Defense News has learned. The MIA1 main battle tank one of 146 frontline tanks the US sold to Baghdad was transported through the Green Zone to a US-supported Iraqi service facility at al-Muthanna that was established as part of the Pentagons Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The tank was equipped with a Russian .50-caliber machine gun and Iranian-stamped 12.75-mm ammunition, according to a source at the...
  • Top Cuban general, key forces in Syria to aid Asad, Russia, sources say

    10/14/2015 5:10:56 PM PDT · by LUV W · 39 replies ^ | Published October 14, 2015 | Cristina Corbin and Doug McKelway
    Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar al-Assads soldiers and may be preparing to man Russian-made tanks to aid Damascus in fighting rebel forces backed by the U.S. Gen. Leopoldo Cintra Frias, head of Cuba's Armed Forces, recently visited Syria to lead a group of Cuban military personnel joining forces with Russia in their support of Assad, according to information received by the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies.
  • RUSSIA to send 95,000 troops, 170 bombers and 700 tanks to Syria (Iran TV Reports)

    09/23/2015 7:42:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 99 replies
    Twitter ^ | 09/23/15
    RUSSIA to send 95,000 troops, 170 bombers and 700 tanks to Syria to crush anti-Assad opposition - Official Iran TV reports.
  • Russia shipping tanks into Syria, in first clear sign of offensive weapons

    09/14/2015 12:06:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies ^ | Published September 14, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russian offensive operations could launch from Bassel Al-Assad International Airport "very soon." The massive Condor flights carrying all kinds of supplies now arrive twice a day through Iran and Iraq into Bassel Al-Assad International Airport outside the port city of Latakia. The cargo is for Russian soldiers, not Syrian government forces, but is seen as a build-up to aid Bashar Assad's embattled regime. The defense official, briefed on the latest satellite photos of the Syrian coastline, said: "This is the largest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the USSR." The two additional Russian...
  • Military Train with UN vehicles in Wheaton IL 9-5-15 (foul language warning)

    09/07/2015 7:11:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    Youtube ^ | 09/07/15 | ImDroided
    I filmed this on 9-5-15 at my parents place in down town Wheaton IL. All of the vehicles are marked UN on the doors. Why is a UN train in the Chicago area? Jade Helm?
  • 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). The 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, the RFI...
  • Vladimir Putin's new tanks to be revealed at Victory Day parade

    05/05/2015 8:17:00 PM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5th May 2015 | Roland Oliphant
    Russia's ministry of defence has unveiled a new array of war machines that it said would revolutionise the country's army and put it in a position to outclass Western rivals for the first time since the Cold War. Photographs released on Tuesday show the T-14 Armata tank, a semi-robotic replacement for Russia's current T-90, and its sibling armoured personnel carriers, fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery models which will take pride of place at Saturday's Victory Day parade on Red Square. In earlier photographs released last month the turret was covered with fabric and only the chassis was visible. The Armata...
  • Putin unveils first new Russian tank since the end of the Cold War [tr]

    05/05/2015 7:26:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 5, 2015 | Sara Malm
    Russia has unveiled its most powerful and sophisticated tank since the end of the Cold War in the latest warmongering exercise by Vladimir Putin. The T-14 Armata appeared in public for the first time yesterday, rumbling down a Moscow avenue on its way to Red Square as a crescendo of patriotic fervour gripped the country. The tank was taking part in final rehearsals for the Victory Day parade on Saturday, where it be the highlight of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. Some 200 pieces of military hardware and 16,500 troops will take part in...
  • The T-14 Is a New Russian Tank And a Whole Lot More

    03/30/2015 6:09:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 29, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    In March, a Russian motorist filmed a very unusual, camouflaged tank rolling down a street outside Moscow. Most likely, it was the mysterious T-14 — or Armata — heavy tank, which could represent a major evolution in Russian tank design. The Kremlin has largely kept the T-14 under wraps, both literally and metaphorically. But we have a pretty good idea of what it can do.
  • The T-34 Was a War-Winning Tank

    11/24/2014 6:30:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    On June 22, 1941, Nazi German launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive attack on the Soviet Union that was the largest invasion in history. More than three million German soldiers, 150 divisions and 3,000 tanks comprised three mammoth army groups that created a front more than 1,800 miles long. The Germans expected to face an inferior enemythe Slavs whom Adolph Hitler called untermenschen. Giddy from victories in Poland and France, Hitler and many in his military high command believed it was the destiny of Germany to invade Russia. The end of the Jewish domination in Russia will also be the end...
  • 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.
  • The M-4 Sherman Tank Was Hell on Wheels  And a Death Trap

    10/23/2014 8:09:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 23, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    The M-4 Sherman was the workhorse medium tank of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps during World War II. It fought in every theater of operationNorth Africa, the Pacific and Europe. The Sherman was renown for its mechanical reliability, owing to its standardized parts and quality construction on the assembly line. It was roomy, easily repaired, easy to drive. It should have been the ideal tank. But the Sherman was also a death trap.
  • Turkey In Turmoil After Tanks Roll Out To Stop Deadly Protests; Stocks Tumble

    10/08/2014 7:54:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/08/14 | Tyler Durden
    The reason for the anger: Syrian Kurdish fighters are battling to prevent Islamic State militants from overrunning Kobani, a mostly Kurdish city in north Syria a couple of miles south of the Turkish border. Kurds have blamed the Turkish government for not doing enough to help the Kurds of Kobani.
  • 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...
  • 5 Tanks That Changed History

    09/08/2014 12:08:25 PM PDT · by C19fan · 144 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 7, 2014 | Michael Peck
    Only the most techno-fanatic would argue that a certain type of tank has changed history. There are so many other causes -- military, political, economic, social -- that explain victory and defeat far better than size of gun or thickness of armor.
  • European nations review role of tanks as Russia stirs concerns

    08/18/2014 12:39:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies ^ | August 17, 2014 | Richard Weiss
    The Ukraine crisis is pushing European governments to review the role of the weapon that dominated Cold War defenses as the strength of Russian ground forces stirs political concerns: the battle tank. The cost and war-fighting benefits of developing common armored vehicles for the region could also spur consolidation beyond the pending merger of Germanys Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Frances Nexter Systems, said Frank Haun, chief executive officer at KMW, maker of the 62-ton Leopard 2. Vladimir Putins annexation of Crimea and massing of troops on the Ukraine border has left front-line nations pondering the strength of armored brigades that have...
  • Ferguson Curfew Cancelled As National Guard Arrives; Holder Demands To "Remove The Damn Tanks"

    08/18/2014 1:48:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 89 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 8/18/14 | tyler durden
    The Missouri Governor Jay Nixon gave "no heads up" to the White House before deploying The National Guard and has now made another abrupt decision as The National Guard closes in on Ferguson: *NIXON'S CALL TO HALT CURFEW TONIGHT MADE IN E-MAILED STATEMENT We presume when there are military tanks rolling through the streets of a town, there is no need for the actual implementation of a curfew... This once again rubs the administration's nose in it as AG Holder's comments from last week hang in the air: "get those damned tanks out of there." The neighborhood has been under...
  • Tank Biathlon: World Championship fires off near Moscow

    08/04/2014 9:45:24 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Tank Biathlon World Championship kicks off outside Moscow. Teams from Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are participating in the competition.
  • Military tanks and guns hit the auction block

    07/13/2014 2:09:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Jul. 11, 2014 - 2:18 | Claudia Cowan
    One of the largest collections of military machines in the United States is being auctioned July 11-12 in California. It was curated over the years by the late Jacques Littlefield, who housed the collection at his Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Portola Valley. After Littlefields death in 2009, the collection was acquired by the Collings Foundation, an educational organization whose mission is to preserve the history of military automobiles and aircraft.
  • Strangest Tanks in History

    07/02/2014 9:59:05 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 21 replies
    darkroastedblend ^ | Avi Abrams
    "Early Tank Ideas to Enormous Pre-WW1 Steam Tanks It all started in the 14th century. We have a record of a "pre-tank" machine,..... Interestingly, the idea of a turtle-like tank shape found its realization much later, in the 1930s, in this Venezuelan armored vehicle:.... .....;
  • Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP

    07/02/2014 5:59:31 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2014
    Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP Published June 30, 2014 Associated Press DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. A decision by one Panhandle sheriff's office to purchase a military surplus MRAP is being criticized by some residents. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the Walton County Sheriff's office bought the mine-resistant and ambush-resistant MRAP for just the $2,500 cost of delivery. Sheriff Mike Adkinson says the heavy-duty vehicle will protect his officers in dangerous situations. But some residents told the newspaper that the military vehicle is an unnecessary show of force in their largely rural county.
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of letting rebels bring in tanks

    06/12/2014 12:50:22 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:37pm EDT | Natalia Zinets and Timothy Heritage
    (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of allowing separatist rebels to bring three tanks and other military vehicles across the border into the east of the country to fight the Ukrainian army. [....] In a sign of his concern, President Petro Poroshenko discussed the situation with his defence and security chiefs and then told Putin by phone that the situation was "unacceptable", his spokesman said.
  • Big guns: Army soldiers to get powerful new Swedish-made tank-stopper

    03/11/2014 2:57:21 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies ^ | 3/11/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The U.S. Army is bringing in the really, really big guns. Regular units will soon be issued a Swedish-built "recoilless" rifle that can fire an 84-mm. projectile nearly a mile and has the power to take out a tank. The 15-pound guns, which soldiers hold just above the shoulder to fire, were previously only issued to Special Forces. But after soldiers in Afghanistan repeatedly complained that insurgents were wise to the limitations of their M-16 rifles, the Pentagon has decided to make the Swedish-made Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS)-- or the M3 Carl Gustaf for short-- standard issue.
  • Real Live Battlefield: Video Game Map Mirrors Ukraine Tank Depot, Pits Russia vs. USA

    03/03/2014 2:11:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies ^ | 3-3-14 | Mac Slavo
    The new Battlefield 4 video game from Electronic Arts, in which fictional forces from the United States, Russia and China go to war with each other features a curious, perhaps coincidental, new map that is an almost exact replica of a massive secret Ukranian tank depot. The map, dubbed Zavod 311, engages players from around the world in various scenarios that feature tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters, foot soldiers, and a host of weaponry with the goal being conquest and control of specific targets on the map. Up until recently it was just another map to play. But a report from...
  • 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, its not mythical, but its 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 doesnt actually exist.
  • Soviet tanks, jeeps,etc. for sale (

    12/28/2013 11:59:19 AM PST · by dynachrome · 41 replies ^ | 2013 | Mortar Investments
    The Emperors of all Land. There is no vehicle more fascinating to drive in the whole world. Buy yourself one of the roaring Soviet machine beasts. A heavy modern T-72. A T-34 WWII legend. A mid-weight T-55.
  • French Panther Tanks

    09/27/2013 11:33:36 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 39 replies
    The Chieftain's Hatch ^ | 07.11.2012 | Mark Singer
    A FRENCH ASSESSMENT OF THE PANTHER TANK Professional historians and military history buffs alike often describe the German Panther tank as the best German tank, and perhaps the best tank overall, of the second world war.  It had a powerful and accurate high-velocity 75mm gun, its frontal armor was almost invulnerable to most allied anti-tank weapons, and it had a powerful engine, broad tracks and a suspension system that gave it high speed, excellent cross-country capability and a smooth ride.  What more could a tanker want? In truth a tanker could ask for much more.  The Panther’s story is...
  • Russia invites US to tank biathlon as inaugural competition gets under way

    A tank biathlon may sound like an unlikely olive branch, but that has not prevented Russia's defence ministry reportedly extending an invite to their US counterparts despite the current diplomatic tensions between the two countries. 4:00PM BST 12 Aug 2013 A tank biathlon, the first of which is currently taking place in Russia this week, sees powerful T-72 tanks race over a 13-mile track, shooting at five targets along the way. Each target they miss means another 500 metres to travel. So far, only tanks from four countries have taken part, but the Russian Defence Minister is reported to have...
  • Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

    08/11/2013 5:49:31 AM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 83 replies
    NPR ^ | August 10, 2013 | Melisa Goh
    Russia has invited the U.S. to participate in a tank biathlon so that both nations may learn to play nice with heavy artillery. The invitation was apparently extended while Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu in Washington on Friday. The "two-on-two" talks were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition under fire wasn't out of place. Defense Minister Shoigu repeated the invitation during a Friday press conference, and according to Russia's , Shoigu says the U.S....
  • Prokhorovka: Loss of the Wehrmacht's hopes (70 years since the largest tank battle).

    07/12/2013 9:57:55 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 20 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | July 12, 2013 | Mikhail Aristov
    70 years go on July 12, 1943 on the Prokhorovka Field 56 km from Belgorod the largest tank battle of World War II took place. It was the last attempt to break through made by the Hitler troops during the Battle of Kursk. The counter attack by the Soviet tanks stopped the steel army of the Wehrmacht. 1200 tanks and other armored vehicles took part in that battle. In his order to advance in the direction of Kursk Hitler stated: Our victory should firm up the overall conviction in the world that any resistance to the German troops is in...
  • Main Battle Tanks Moving East

    05/04/2013 2:31:56 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | January 14, 2013 at 17:31 | Tamir Eshel
    Main Battle Tanks Moving East With the worlds largest armies (except China and India) have ceased procurement of Main Battle Tanks (MBT), third world countries are becoming more dominant customers for this weapon category. In recent years, following major reorganization programs, where western armies have been retiring their armored regiments, severely eroding the production base of heavy armored vehicles, countries of the former Soviet Union and China are finding markets for tanks in developing countries. New production orders for T-90 from Russia, T-84 Oplot from the Ukraine and Chinese MBT-2000) tanks are keeping these lines open. Thailand has placed orders...
  • Russia Plans to Field the T-99, a Radically New Main Battle Tank by 2015

    05/04/2013 2:22:16 PM PDT · by robowombat · 52 replies
    Defense Update ^ | August 10, 2012 at 07:50 | Tamir Eshel
    Russia Plans to Field the T-99, a Radically New Main Battle Tank by 2015 Posted by Tamir Eshel An artist concept view of the new Russian tank. The Russian Army is planning to begin modernize its armored and mechanized forces beginning in 2015, fielding a new family of vehicles comprising a new main battle tank, armored infantry fighting vehicles, and various support platforms. The MBT will be based on the new Armata, the prototype is scheduled to enter field trials in 2013, about 10 months ahead of schedule. First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov said. The new tank is under...
  • Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists

    04/28/2013 2:13:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 52 replies
    Associated Presstitutes ^ | 04/28/2013 | RICHARD LARDNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • US Army's last tanks depart from Germany

    04/04/2013 11:58:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 82 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 4, 2013 | John Vandiver
    STUTTGART, Germany The U.S. Armys 69-year history of basing main battle tanks on German soil quietly ended last month when 22 Abrams tanks, a main feature of armored combat units throughout the Cold War, embarked for the U.S. The departure of the last M-1 Abrams tanks coincides with the inactivation of two of the Armys Germany-based heavy brigades. Last year, the 170th Infantry out of Baumholder disbanded. And the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade at Grafenwhr is in the process of doing the same. On March 18, the remaining tanks were loaded up at the 21st Theater Sustainment Commands railhead...
  • US Guns, German Armour

    03/18/2013 3:52:39 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 68 replies
    The Chieftain's Hatch ^ | April 1, 2012 | The Chieftain's Hatch
    In the summer of 1944 the US Army forces in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) conducted a series of test-firings that are much quoted to this day by researchers and wargamers. These test-firings disputed the official line on the effectiveness of the guns and ammunition being provided by the Army's Department of Ordnance, and provided substantive feedback that changed some of the long-held assumptions and methods of Ordnance testing and specifications. There were a total of four test shoots: 1) Shoeburyness, UK; 23 May, 1944: Demonstration firing to observe effectiveness of new US 76mm, 90mm and British 17pdr guns....
  • Why does the DHS need 2717 ...

    Modern Survival Blog reported: The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these Mine Resistant Protected vehicles for service on the streets of the United States. Although Ive seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself. The new DHS sanctioned Street Sweeper (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (, a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make...
  • Urban combat in Syria (Video)

    02/25/2013 11:19:21 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 18, 2013
  • Tankies - Tank Heroes of World War II - documentary on the 5th RTR.

    01/25/2013 1:11:30 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/17/2013 | Mark Urban (presenter)
    Tankies - Tank Heroes of World War II
  • Barack Obama set to give Egypt 10 fighter jets, 200 tanks

    01/03/2013 9:39:59 AM PST · by Baynative · 58 replies ^ | 1/2/12 | Larry Clifton
    With Benghazi still burning in the rear-view mirror of its wobbly foreign policy, the Obama administration is set to ship the Islamic Brotherhood government of Egypt 10 F16 fighter jets and 200 Abrams tanks and charge it to U.S. taxpayers... ...the Islamic Brotherhood is not a U.S. ally. Nevertheless, the Obama administration is prepared to arm them to the teeth with cutting-edge tanks and planes