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  • Check Them Out: The U.S. Army's Upgraded M-1A2C Abrams Are Coming

    The U.S. Army’s newest tank in the summer of 2019 should enter service with the first large unit to use the type. The Army in late 2017 accepted the very first M-1A2C Abrams tanks. Nearly two years later the service has enough of the new vehicles to equip an entire brigade. “We’re in the throes of getting that together,” Hank Kennedy, a manager at General Dynamics’ tank plant in Lima Ohio, told Lima News. The “first brigade is critical because we need to get [them] into the soldiers’ hands so they can get trained on it and everything else,” Kennedy...
  • This Destroyer Concept Is a Tank Battalion’s Worst Nightmare

    09/06/2019 7:58:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 5, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    A new tank destroyer concept, built for the Polish Army, could become the most effective tank killer in any army. The unnamed vehicle is armed with up to 24 Brimstone anti-tank missiles and can unleash a salvo of tank-hunting missiles, knocking out enemy tank units it can’t actually see.
  • Vietnam shows excellent performance at Army Games 2019

    08/13/2019 11:32:53 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 8 replies
    Nhan Dan ^ | August 12, 2019
    NDO/VNA – The tank team of the Vietnam People’s Army beat Tajikistan, Myanmar and Uganda, ranking first in the semi-final round of Group 2 of the “Tank biathlon” event on August 11 at the ongoing Army Games 2019 in Russia. The Vietnamese team finished in 2 hours 39 minutes 34 seconds. With the excellent performance, Vietnam are likely to secure a berth in the final round, but still waiting the results of the remaining teams of Group 2 – Uzbekistan, Laos, Cuba and Kuwait – which will compete on August 13. The team had an impressive performance at the round...
  • Antiques Road Show: The Real State of the U.S. Military

    07/28/2019 9:40:21 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jul 27, 2019 | Thomas G. Mahnken and Roger Zakheim
    That a military display on Independence Day proved to be controversial should not be surprising, even if one discounts the partisan tone of much of the criticism. Americans tend not to favor displays of military power, except in the aftermath of successful wars: The Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the 1991 Gulf War were all followed by parades. Military displays nonetheless have the benefit of showing the American people what their investment in national defense has yielded. Contrary to President Donald Trump’s assertion that “our nation is stronger today than it ever was before,” the “Salute...
  • No tanks on the Mall: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton criticizes Trump's July 4th plan

    07/02/2019 5:24:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 115 replies
    13 News Now ^ | 7/01/19 | Lauryn Froneberger
    **SNIP** Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton issued a statement responding to the President's request saying the tanks would not be ideal for the event. “After we have worked for years with the National Park Service to refurbish the National Mall, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars, President Trump now proposes to have 60-ton battle tanks there, where they would likely do significant damage," Holmes Norton said. "These tanks, heavy equipment, and weapons of war have no place on the National Mall at all, particularly as we celebrate the Fourth of July." **SNIP** "Just as the Pentagon reminded the president...
  • Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event

    07/01/2019 10:14:58 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 90 replies ^ | 7/1/19 | Juliet Eilperin , Josh Dawsey and Dan Lamothe
    National Park Service acting director P. Daniel Smith faces plenty of looming priorities this summer, from an $11 billion backlog in maintenance needs to natural disasters like the recent wildfire damage to Big Bend Park. But in recent days, another issue has competed for Smith’s attention: how to satisfy President Trump’s request to station tanks or other armored military vehicles on the Mall for his planned Fourth of July address to the nation. The ongoing negotiations over whether to use massive military hardware, such as Abrams tanks or Bradley Fighting Vehicles , as a prop for Trump’s “Salute to America”...
  • Stalin sent Churchill a card to say sorry for WWII jibe about the quality of Britain's tanks [tr]

    06/28/2019 3:51:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2019 | George Odling
    Their alliance was vital in stopping Hitler. But the tetchy wartime relationship between Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin was frequently stretched to its limits. In November 1941, when the Soviet leader had the cheek to criticise the quality of tanks and guns sent from Britain to help Russian forces, the Prime Minister had reached the limit of his patience. Fortunately Stalin realised he had gone too far and took advantage of the fact Churchill’s 67th birthday was imminent to send a gushing ‘card’ as a conciliatory measure.
  • The U.S. Army's 'New' M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Will Enter Service Soon. Check Them Out.

    05/27/2019 11:25:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The NationaI Interest ^ | May 26, 2019 | David Axe
    The U.S. Army’s newest tank in the summer of 2019 should enter service with the first large unit to use the type. The Army in late 2017 accepted the very first M-1A2C Abrams tanks. Nearly two years later the service has enough of the new vehicles to equip an entire brigade. “We’re in the throes of getting that together,” Hank Kennedy, a manager at General Dynamics’ tank plant in Lima Ohio, told Lima News.
  • Amir on the escalation in Gaza

    05/05/2019 6:32:50 PM PDT · by firebrand · 18 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | May 5, 2019 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir's very latest on the Gaza rocket attacks. The conflict escalated after four Israelis were killed. Israel has not rushed to a ceasefire this time but is fighting back big-time. Amir expects the conflict to be over very shortly.
  • Why Russia is getting back 30 World War II tanks from Laos

    01/14/2019 11:07:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | January 14, 2019 | Brad Lendon,
    (CNN)Russia is taking back World War II-era tanks from Laos because, well, Moscow needs a star, lots of them. The Russian Defense Ministry said this week that 30 T-34 tanks had arrived in the far eastern port of Vladivostok after a 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) journey from the Southeast Asian nation. They soon will be on their way to the Moscow area. Until recently, the tanks were on active duty in the Laotian military, almost 80 years after first being introduced into the Soviet military in 1940. T-34 production continued into the Cold War, with more than 80,000 produced in all. Thousands...
  • The U.S. Army Will Pit Two Light Tank Designs Against One Another

    12/19/2018 6:33:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 18, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Army has chosen two of the nation’s largest defense contractors to compete for the service’s new light tank program. BAE and General Dynamics will each receive up to $376 million to develop and build 12 light tanks in fourteen months. After field testing, the Army will choose one design in 2022, building up to 504 Mobile Protected Firepower vehicles, otherwise known as light tanks. The U.S. Army has more than a dozen infantry brigades: light infantry, airborne, and air assault brigades of 2,000 to 4,000 soldiers that lack heavy equipment like the M1A2 Abrams tank and M2A3 Bradley...
  • 10 tanks that changed the history of armored warfare

    12/17/2018 7:14:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    We Are Mighty ^ | December 3, 2018 | Logan Nye
    10 tanks that changed the history of armored warfare The tank was introduced in World War I when Britain unveiled the then-secret weapon against German forces and were able to run these rolling fortresses right over German barbed wire and trenches, firing cannons and machine guns into German fortifications. Now, armored columns are a commander's fist, punching holes in enemy lines and then rushing through them to annihilate enemy formations.
  • The See-Through Tanks Are Coming

    08/30/2018 5:09:35 PM PDT · by tlozo · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Aug 28, 2018 56 | Kyle Mizokami
    New technology promises to give tankers an unprecedented view of the battlefield around them—without exposing them to lethal enemy fire. Camera systems, often linked to VR headsets, can provide soldiers with a real-time view of the world outside their tank, eliminating the often severely restricted view tankers are forced to fight with. Tanks are large, lethal, imposing beasts, surrounding their crews with layers of thick steel, composite, and even uranium armor. All of that protection makes it hard to see outside the tank, however, and tankers usually must rely on small vision ports to make sense of things. Seeing to...
  • Israel graduates first women tank commanders

    06/28/2018 1:15:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | June 28, 2018 | Staff
    The Israeli army on Thursday graduated the first four women from its tank commanders' school, a step toward the formation of all-female tank crews. Another six have completed training as crew members, but actual deployment of any of the women will depend on the outcome of a review by senior officers, an armoured corps commander said.
  • Iraqi Armored Brigade Ditches U.S. M1 Abrams For Russian T-90 Tanks

    06/10/2018 8:00:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 97 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 8, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    With assistance from Russia, one of Iraq’s armored brigades has swapped out its American-made M1 Abrams tanks for new T-90s. The change comes after the United States complained about M1s ending up in the hands of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias and could be another sign that the Kremlin is looking to lure Iraqi authorities into its sphere of influence. Iraq’s Ministry of Defense announced the change on its official, Arabic-only website on June 8, 2018. According to a translation of the information by Jane’s 360, the 9th Division’s 35th Brigade took delivery of 39 T-90S tanks. The unit’s remaining Abrams went...
  • Deadly Nazi Tiger Tank with armour so thick shells bounced off it put through its paces [tr]

    04/29/2018 5:45:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 101 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 29, 2019 | Tariq Tahir
    The world's only working Tiger tank roared into life 75 years after it was captured by the Allies in World War II. Tiger 131 took to the main arena at Bovington's Tank Museum during its 'Tiger Day', marking when a lucky shot from a British tank disabled it during fighting in the desert of North Africa. More than 1,300 German Tiger tanks were produced during the Second World War.
  • Russian Museum Recreates WWII-Era 'Land Battleship'

    04/19/2018 8:58:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 18,2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A copy of the largest tanks of World War II was produced for a Russian military museum. A working T-35 tank, which weighed even more than Russia’s newest main battle tank, was built by the metallurgical company Uralelectromed JSC for the Museum of Military Equipment in the Sverdlovsk region, Russia. During the years between World War I and World War II, the new Soviet state pursued an aggressive military expansion plan, including the mechanization of its armed forces. The construction of heavy tanks—heavier than any of those fielded by any other country—was meant to grow Soviet heavy industry, encourage the...
  • Hitler's Monstrous 'Jagdtiger' Tank Destroyers Were a Colossal Failure

    04/07/2018 9:25:29 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 91 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 04/06/18 | Sebastien Roblin
    To some minds, bigger is always better—but size can create is many new problems as it solves. Midway through World War II, Nazi Germany decided to take its huge 128-millimeter antiaircraft gun and stick it on its biggest, baddest tank. The result was the monstrous Jagdtiger (“Hunting Tiger”), then heaviest tank to see action in World War II—and still heavier than modern M1 Abrams and Leopard 2 tanks! But the vehicle’s terrifying bulk proved to be its own worst enemy. During World War II, German factories churned out numerous turretless assault guns (Sturmgeschutz) and tank destroyers (Jagdpanzers) based on...
  • Russia Feared Hitler's Panzer Tanks. But They Might Have Feared Who Led Them Even More.

    03/21/2018 4:10:08 PM PDT · by BBell · 90 replies
    The wide tracks of Soviet T-34S and colossal KV-1S crunched through the snow. Night had fallen west of Belgorod on March 15, 1943. The Soviet tank column was headed toward a village, looking for shelter for the night. Although the village appeared deserted, the Soviet commander was wary. For days now there had been heavy fighting, with the Nazis trying to recapture Kharkov from the Soviets. The T-34s fired incendiary shells, setting ablaze a few peasant huts. When nothing moved, the tanks rumbled into the village. The commander’s tank came to halt, unaware that the muzzle of a Tiger tank...
  • China tests driverless tanks that could be powered by artificial intelligence

    03/20/2018 10:20:16 PM PDT · by texas booster · 50 replies
    South China Morning Post / Global Times ^ | Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 | Ma Jun and Shi Liufeng
    China is testing driverless tanks which could be equipped with artificial intelligence, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday, as the country continues with its military modernisation programme. State television showed images this week of the unmanned tanks undergoing testing, the Global Times reported. Footage showed a Type 59 tank being driven by remote control, in what the paper said was the first time a Chinese-made unmanned tank has been shown in a public forum. The Type 59 tank is based on an old Soviet model first used in China in the 1950s and has been produced in large numbers and...