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  • 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 Littlefield’s 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, it’s not mythical, but it’s almost as hard to capture one of these infamous “gray ghosts of the Himalayas” on camera as it is to track down a creature that doesn’t actually exist.
  • 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 world’s 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. Army’s 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 Army’s Germany-based heavy brigades. Last year, the 170th Infantry out of Baumholder disbanded. And the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade at Grafenwöhr is in the process of doing the same. On March 18, the remaining tanks were loaded up at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s railhead...
  • US Guns, German Armour

    03/18/2013 3:52:39 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 66 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 I’ve 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
  • Obama sending more F-16s and Tanks to Muslim Brotherhood Egypt

    12/12/2012 7:30:24 AM PST · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 11, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Why is Obama arming the enemies of freedom? This cat is dangerous and scary. Why the support of Islamic revolutions whose stated goal is sharia and a universal caliphate? What's he doing to protect the oppressed religious minorities in peril? America, time to remove your morphine drip. Wake up! More tanks for Egypt this year than the entire Marine Corps has... For the new Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood dominated government, the Obama Administration is ensuring another $1.3 billion annual shipment of state-of-the-art weaponry. More Perspective... This year alone, Obama will be sending the Egyptians 200 M1A1 Main Battle Tanks. Egypt already...
  • Three Syrian Tanks Enter DMZ on Israeli Border

    11/03/2012 12:24:46 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/12 | Gil Ronen
    Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized area between Syrian and Israeli territory on the Golan Heights border Saturday. The tanks, which belong to Syrian strongman Bashar Assad's forces, entered the village of Bir Ajam, a short distance away from an IDF position. The tanks were maneuvering as part of the fighting between Assad and rebel forces. Israel lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations. Sources in the defense establishment said that while the tanks' movement was not intended against Israel, it still constitutes a breach of the 1974 armistice agreement between Jerusalem and Damascus. Several mortar shells also fell...
  • Obama Frees Iranian Terror Masters [Treason?]

    07/11/2009 7:34:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 47 replies · 1,599+ views
    National Review ^ | July 1ith 2009
    July 11, 2009 Obama Frees Iranian Terror Masters The release of the Irbil Five is a continuation of a shameful policy. By Andrew C. McCarthy There are a few things you need to know about President Obama’s shameful release on Thursday of the “Irbil Five” — Quds Force commanders from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) who were coordinating terrorist attacks in Iraq that have killed hundreds — yes, hundreds — of American soldiers and Marines. First, of the 4,322 Americans killed in combat in Iraq since 2003, 10 percent of them (i.e., more than 400) have been murdered by...
  • Moving Syrian tank gets hit by an RPG

    07/14/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 13 July 2012
    He just keeps going.
  • Saudi, Egypt orders to keep US tank plant running

    05/12/2012 7:39:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/12/12 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    The U.S. Army says a decision by Saudi Arabia to have Abrams tanks assembled at a Lima, Ohio plant run by General Dynamics Corp will help maintain a low level of production at the plant despite a planned three-year halt in U.S. orders. General Dynamics is expected to receive $755 million in orders this year to convert old M1A1 tanks owned by Saudi Arabia to a "like new" M1A2S configuration at the Lima plant, instead of shipping kits for assembly in Saudi Arabia, as originally planned, Army officials said. The company will also receive about $650 million for continued work...
  • 7 Most Incredible Tank Graveyards on Earth

    02/26/2012 4:27:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies · 3+ views
    7 Most Incredible Tank Graveyards on Earth In certain corners of the globe you'll find the strangest of military cemeteries – places filled not with the bodies of fallen troops but littered with the carcasses of abandoned tanks. These once-formidable weapons of war no longer strike fear into the hearts of opposing forces; their days of rolling inexorably onwards on the teeth of steel tracks are over. Now, the armor of these behemoths is rusting and corroded, their hatches all but sealed from lack of use, and their controls never again to be manned by commanders in battle. WWII tank...
  • Report: Assad Pulls Tanks from Syrian Cities

    01/02/2012 12:44:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/1/12 | Chana Yaar
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has withdrawn tanks and heavy weapons from cities around the nation -- but his forces continue to kill unarmed protesters, the Arab League reports. Some 3,500 political prisoners were allegedly freed by the Assad regime on Monday, but government forces continued to shoot to kill, even with Arab League monitors in the country, Arab League secretary-general Nabil Elaraby said Monday. At least eight more protesters were killed, despite the presence of the monitors in the country. A child was shot dead Sunday, becoming the Syrian Revolution's first victim of 2012. "Yes, there is still shooting and...
  • Leaked cables claim Kenya sent tanks to South Sudan

    12/10/2010 6:51:37 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Nation (Kenya) ^ | December 10, 2010 | KEVIN KELLY and PATRICK MAYOYO
    The mystery surrounding Russian-made tanks that the government denied were destined for South Sudan last year has been unravelled by a secret diplomatic cable. A 2009 cable released by whistleblowing site WikiLeaks says a senior State Department official produced satellite images that appeared to show that the tanks unloaded in Kenya were trans-shipped to South Sudan. The evidence contradicted claims by Kenyan officials that the hardware imported from Ukraine was intended for the Kenyan military. A bill of lading and manifest of the hijacked MV Faina, which was seen by the Nation when the ship was released by pirates showed...
  • How did they aim in the old days?

    10/30/2011 3:40:30 PM PDT · by NakedRampage · 36 replies
    10/30/2011 | NR
    My question is - how did tank gunners aim in the 'old days?' From wikipedia..."The Abrams is equipped with a ballistic fire-control computer that uses user and system-supplied data from a variety of sources, to compute, display, and incorporate the three components of a ballistic solution—lead angle, ammunition type, and range to the target—to accurately fire the tank. These three components are determined using a YAG rod laser rangefinder, crosswind sensor, a pendulum static cant sensor, data concerning performance and flight characteristics of each specific type of round, tank-specific boresight alignment data, ammunition temperature, air temperature, barometric pressure, a muzzle...
  • Turkish Tanks Enter Northern Iraq (Here we go....)

    10/25/2011 7:07:33 AM PDT · by SERKIT · 40 replies ^ | October 25, 2011 | Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    ISTANBUL -- Turkish tanks entered northern Iraq and were heading towards a Kurdish militant camp, Turkish media reported Tuesday. The army's incursion is part of the reaction to last week's series of attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in which 24 Turkish soldiers and policemen were killed in the border province of Hakkari. Turkey responded with air raids on PKK camps in northern Iraq, which it uses as bases to attack Turkey. The target of the latest operation was a PKK camp in Haftanin, around 20 kilometres over the border.
  • Berlin Opposition Livid about Saudi Border Deal(200 German tanks and border security deal)

    07/17/2011 6:17:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 07/14/11 | Matthias Gebauer and Florian Gathmann
    Berlin Opposition Livid about Saudi Border Deal By Matthias Gebauer and Florian Gathmann The opposition in Berlin was already outraged about a plan to sell 200 tanks to Saudi Arabia. Now, however, a new deal involving the training of Saudi border patrol officers is raising additional questions. And some say the German constitution may have been violated. Info The deal involves a mountain of money: The German deal to sell Saudi Arabia 200 "Leopard" battle tanks is worth some €2 billion. Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has yet to directly confirm the deal -- and the opposition is furious . Given...
  • Mexican Cartels Now Using ‘Tanks'

    06/07/2011 9:46:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, June 7 | William Booth
    For the drug cartel boss who has everything, the latest piece of military hardware is the “narco tank.” Today’s competitive crime mafias in Mexico are no longer satisfied with bazookas, rocket-propelled grenades or land mines. The Mexican military has discovered that gangsters south of Texas are building armored assault vehicles, with gun turrets, inch-thick armor plates, firing ports and bulletproof glass. More than 35,000 Mexicans have died in four years of drug violence, and the fighting between the rival Gulf and Zeta cartels, and with the military units that chase them, has been especially vicious in the border cities and...
  • NATO: We did not know Libya rebels used tanks

    04/08/2011 9:50:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/08/2011 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    BRUSSELS – NATO acknowledged Friday that its airstrikes had hit rebels using tanks to fight government forces in eastern Libya, saying no one told them the rebels used tanks. British Rear Adm. Russell Harding, the deputy commander of the NATO operation, said in the past, only forces loyal to Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi had used heavy armored vehicles. Harding says the rebels and government troops are engaged in a series of advances and retreats between the eastern coastal towns of Brega and Ajdabiya, making it difficult for pilots to distinguish between them.
  • NATO says its planes struck Libyan rebels

    04/08/2011 5:46:25 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    AOL News/AP ^ | 8/4/11
    BRUSSELS -NATO said Friday its airstrikes had hit rebels using tanks in their fight with the government forces in eastern Libya, but said it would not apologize for the deaths. Rear Admiral Russell Harding, the deputy commander of the NATO operation, said NATO had no previous information the rebels were operating tanks. In the past, only forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi had used heavy armored vehicles, he said. Harding says the situation between the eastern coastal towns of Brega and Ajdabiya remains fluid, with the opposing forces engaged in a series of advances and retreats, making it difficult for pilots...
  • Libya: Coalition Planes Bomb Gaddafi Tanks

    03/25/2011 7:20:04 AM PDT · by Strategy · 5 replies
    AKI ^ | March 25, 2011
    Tripoli, 25 March (AKI) - British warplanes pounded Libyan tanks as coalition raids on Muammar Gaddafi's armed forces entered their sixth day.
  • Kim Jong-il Orders Dozens of Tanks to Deployed around his Residence at Yongsung, Pyongyang

    03/01/2011 8:24:24 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    /begin my excerpts Kim Jong-il Orders Dozens of Tanks to be Deployed around his Residence at Yongsung, Pyongyang Sources in Pyongyang reported on Feb. 28, "When the Egyptian protests were at their peak in early February, Kim Jong-il deployed tens of tanks around his residence at Yongsung, Pyongyang." They believe that he made such decision when it was apparent that Egyptian President Mubarak, whom he had close relationship with, was being forced to step down, and it made him extremely wary. The sourced added, "Starting at the second half of 2009, when the succession process is in (full) progress, he...
  • Saudi Arabia sends tanks to riot-hit Bahrain – paper

    03/01/2011 5:35:17 AM PST · by BossLady · 32 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 3/1/11 5:54AM | RIA Novosti (none stated)
    Saudi Arabia has sent dozens of tanks to Bahrain, where anti-government protests continue for about two weeks, Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper said on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses reported seeing "15 tank carriers carrying two tanks each heading towards Bahrain" along the 25-km King Fahd causeway, which links the small island nation of Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. Protestors are mainly Shiites account for about 70% of the Bahraini population, but have long complained of discrimination and other abuses by the Sunni Khalifa dynasty that has ruled the tiny Gulf nation for more than two centuries. In the worst unrest in the kingdom since...
  • N. Korea: Tanks 'Ready to Be Used Against Uprising in Pyongyang'

    02/19/2011 5:49:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 02/16/11
    Tanks 'Ready to Be Used Against Uprising in Pyongyang' The North Korean Army's Guard Command, a military unit tasked with protecting leader Kim Jong-il, is hiding scores of tanks in Pyongyang to quell any popular uprising, Radio Free Asia claimed Tuesday. The U.S.-funded radio station quoted a defector from Pyongyang as saying, "There is a battalion of about 50 tanks from the Guard Command in the Taedong River area in eastern Pyongyang. They stage a field exercise about once a year." He said the tanks used to move only at the night to escape public notice. "All are hidden underground....
  • Incredible Video of Syrian Tank Hit by Israeli Missile

    01/01/2011 7:47:21 PM PST · by OneVike · 49 replies · 1+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 1/1/11 | Chuck Wolk
    What you are about to watch is an actual event. The video was filmed by the Israeli military. It is a fully armored Syrian tank being hit by an Israeli laser-guided, steel-penetrating, phosphorous-filled "hand held" rocket. The rocket is small, very portable and is a tightly controlled weapon; each one is accounted for when they are checked out and back in. There must be no fewer than two soldiers present to verify the use of these rockets, and one witness must be a senior officer with a minimum of 10 years military service. The program and names of those involved...
  • [N. Korea] RFA: Tanks Deployed around Kim Jong-il's Villa

    12/31/2010 8:36:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    KBS ^ | 12/31/10
    /begin my translation RFA: Tanks Deployed around Kim Jong-il's Villa According to Radio Free Asia in U.S., N. Korea deployed a tank unit at Kim Jong-il's villa in Yanggang Province, in order to counter a potential mutiny by military units. Quoting its source from inside N. Korea, it reported that 10 tanks from Guard Command were deployed around the villa last August, and its purpose is to hold in check the 10th Corps stationed in Yanggang Province. In related news, Free North Korea Radio, a short wave broadcast targeting N. Korea, reported in Dec. 27 that tanks were deployed at...
  • US Deploying Heavily Armored Battle Tanks For First Time in Afghan War

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

    11/21/2010 9:28:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies · 1+ views
    wapo ^ | 11/21/10 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban. The deployment of a company of M1 Abrams tanks, which will be fielded by the Marines in the country's southwest, will allow ground forces to target insurgents from a greater distance - and with more of a lethal punch - than is possible from any other U.S. military vehicle. The 68-ton...
  • Obamacare's Popularity Hits All-Time Low

    11/09/2010 12:08:04 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2010 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    The November Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows that President Obama's health care overhaul has now hit a lower level of popularity than at any previous time in his presidency. Kaiser writes, "Just a quarter of the public (25 percent) now says they expect their own families to be better off under the health reform law, which is the lowest share since KFF [Kaiser Family Foundation] began tracking this question." Kaiser notes that it began tracking the question in February of 2009, just weeks after President Obama's inauguration. The survey also confirms that "health care voters" were central to the Republicans'...
  • Israel Puts Merkava 4 Tanks Up for Sale

    11/02/2010 4:59:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 11/2/10 | Maayana Miskin
    For the first time, Israel will offer the Merkava Mark 4 tank and the Tiger APC for sale. Both will be sold only to friendly countries, and under strict supervision. In addition, all sales will be coordinated with the United States. The U.S. funds some components of the tank, as well as other Israeli defense projects. Ministry of Defense Director-General Udi Shani said the decision to offer the tanks for sale to allies was “a strategic decision” driven by the need for income to cover military costs. Experts believe sales could bring in $400 million annually.
  • Taiwan eyeing U.S. tanks, torpedoes

    07/20/2010 7:39:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/21/2010 | UPI
    Taiwan is planning to purchase torpedoes and heavy tanks from the United States in an attempt to further fortify its defense capabilities against China. The Liberty Times reported that Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou ordered the country's defense ministry to draft a draw up a shopping list of weapons that include MK-54 torpedoes, dozens of M1A2 tanks and amphibious landing vehicles. If acquired, the Taipei daily reported, the torpedoes will be used to replace Taiwan's aging MK-46s. The decision comes despite an easing of tense relations between China and Taiwan in recent years. The move also follows a decision by the...
  • For First Time: Merkava Tanks are For Sale

    06/16/2010 8:38:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 700+ views
    inn ^ | 6/16/10 | Malkah Fleisher
    After a 30 year total ban on exports of Israel's famous Merkava tank, the Ministry of Defense will offer its latest model – the Merkava Mark IV – for sale to select buyers for the first time. According to a report in Defense News, the decision is intended to assure that jobs associated with production of the tank stay in Israel, and to provide additional revenue to Israel's military. The Defense Minister recently announced that the Namer (Leopard) heavy armored personal carrier (APC) would soon be produced in the United States, not in Israel, leading to concerns that jobs would...
  • Joint Turkish-Israeli Tank Upgrade Programme Completed

    04/10/2010 9:42:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 404+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 4/9/2010 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    From old to new. As the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) recently announced, a joint programme with Turkey to refurbish ageing M60A1 main battle tanks has been completed this week. Within the framework of an agreement worth nearly $700 million and signed in March 2002, the programme has been carried out by the Turkish Defence Ministry and the Israeli companies, Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems. Since the beginning of the programme, some 170 40-year old M60A1’s, which are part of a significant fleet of tanks of this type bought from US surplus, have received extensive upgrades to the Sabra...
  • The Mystery In The Forest

    03/07/2010 10:42:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 172+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/07/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The army insists that the 200 T-72 and T-80 tanks found in the woods next to a railroad station in the Urals last week, was part of a normal movement of military equipment, and the vehicles were under guard. But a week ago, people living in village of Elanskaya (outside the city of Yekaterinburg) noted the vehicles, unguarded, and unlocked, but without ammo or ignition keys. Local kids began crawling in and out of the tanks. Videos of all this began showing up on local, then national, web news programs. The government controlled national media tried to ignore it at...