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    Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:05 am

    The Russian Army is introducing new technology management battle

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    http://www.vesti.ru/videos?vid=237875&p=7&sort=1&cid=1

    11.08.2009
    "Rosoboronexport", which is part of goskorporatsiyu "Rostehnologii actively promotes the world market for advanced control systems forces.

    It is Pogonovo Voronej were tested under a uniform system of military tactical bridge. Tests have shown - the combat capabilities of military units through new technologies could increase by 2-3 times, and the execution of some regulations to reduce the forty-fold.

    "I say 40 times, of course, about the time. But it is crucial for the general commander. Today is so moving target, that if you have time to hit for some time, this is your result, your superior," - explains the importance of the time on the field bout Vadim Potapov, deputy director general of NPC "Concern" Constellation. "

    "According to the radio or regular radio old time taken to park the team or battle orders from the brigade commander to the commander of military units amounts to tens of minutes, - said the representative of the group, Vladimir Fedorov. - Now, with the use of automated management tools, the unit of seconds to tens of seconds."

    Develops and implements new technologies in the management of the troops "Concern" Constellation. "There are 16 of the radio-electronic industry. They pose as separate elements, as well as automated systems that combine intelligence, management, and defeat.

    "What is a telecommunications system, telecommunications system? - Asked Vadim Potapov, and he himself is responsible, - This is actually the vessels, which runs the blood. Krov - is information. Today resource comparable to combat resource. In other words, almost one byte of information - this is one shell. It is not a simple byte of information that is relevant and reliable at the moment. "

    These satellite communication and navigation, with the unmanned aerial vehicles and operational intelligence are reflected in the computer analysis. It creates a common data picture of the battlefield.

    "There are 12 subsystems: the command headquarters, intelligence, artillery, electronic warfare, rear, tehobespecheniya, engineering troops, but all linked to horizontal single telecommunications platform - create an image of the modern management system forces Vadim Potapov. - All work on the general commander of presentation of information, an information resource, which is required for a decision. "

    The development of the system is useful not only to commanders and rank and file. This allows you to master modern technologies, which can be used to "citizen." In systems using modern digital radio 5-th generation.

    "This is one of the VHF radio band the fifth generation - represents one of the development of the group, Vladimir Fedorov. - First of all, the radio noise. It is implemented treatment program frequency. That is, the frequency varies with speed up to a hundred jumps per second, which provides the complexity of its interception.

    Now parts of the Moscow Military District has started pilot operation of the system. Trained three motorized company and battalion, tank, artillery units and air defense battalion.

    "In 2010, will be invited to some info-communication solutions in the form of IP telephony, which will reach the soldiers, - says Vadim Potapov immediate plans. - This will allow, as a concept treats the president to go to a single soldier. Dial the number and call."

    Developers create a telecommunications-based and systems for most types of military forces. For example, a group-gun anti-aircraft missile complex "Pantsir-P."

    Experts believe the introduction of new technologies in the management of tactical level will allow the forces of the Russian army greatly enhance combat capability.
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    Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:13 pm

    Russia and Europe will cooperate in the development of communications for Russia and foreign armies
    02.09.2009

    Moscow. August 31. Interfax-AVN - "Concern" Constellation "and the company Thales intend to cooperate in the development and establishment of management systems and communications to the tactical level in order to meet the needs of the armed forces of different customers around the world, the press office of Thales.

    "For the constellation of this collaboration is an excellent opportunity to launch several new solutions to meet the growing needs of the advanced features on the battlefield," - said General Director of "Concern" Constellation "Yuri Sidorov, whose words are contained in the message.

    In turn, manager of communications company Thales Pierre Suslenshi added that: "This cooperation reflects the strategy Thales to work with local centers and facilitate the transfer of know-how and technologies of Russia.

    Under the agreement, "Constellation" and Thales will combine our most advanced technology for the realization of integrated solutions for communications and control systems for vehicles, weapons systems produced in Russia and command posts for Russia's market and for export customers. Specific activities will be determined by the end of 2009.

    "Constellation" and Thales plan to offer a number of solutions for integrating communications systems tactical-level of Thales and tactical-level management systems developed by the Constellation. These solutions provide a full range of modern services, including secure and simultaneous transmission of voice and data, continuous operation of IP and knowledge of the tactical situation in real time. Integration of advanced equipment and communications systems will provide seamless connectivity and high level of protection on the battlefield, at every level of command and staff vehicles for the divisions to the level of the front line.

    "Concern" Constellation "- a leading company in its industry, is the leader of Russia's market and comprises 16 plants throughout Russia, with the number of employed about 20 thousand people. The main task of the group is the development, production and maintenance, modernization, repair and recycling of single system of command and control and weapons at the tactical level, hardware and software for automation, control and communications, electronic countermeasures terrestrial radio communications, including for export. foreign consumers of products of JSC "Concern" Constellation "serve customers in 12 countries.

    The company Thales is an international leader in the manufacture of electronic systems for international markets for defense, aerospace and security industry. During 2008, profit reached 12.7 billion euros. The company Thales operates 68 000 people in 50 countries.

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    Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:01 pm

    The General Staff has identified satisfactory majority of Russia's army brigades

    26/05/2009

    The results of the comprehensive inspection of military units and formations of Russia's army in 2008 / 09 academic year revealed neboegotovnost most teams "new image". On this November 10 "Newspaper" (GZT.RU).

    Thus, the "average" the General Staff estimated over 60 per cent of the brigades, "good" was every third compound, a rating of "unsatisfactory" had four teams. On the "excellent" were rated four operating units - the ships of the fleet.

    What specific ships were rated "excellent", without specifying, however it is known that this surface ships of rank 1 (the class of frigates and above) and submarines, all components of a little over 4 per cent of the total tonnage of ships. 55 percent of the ships of rank 1 and nuclear submarines have been estimated at "well".

    Ships of rank 1 and submarines are estimated as separate combat units, as they are equated with the brigade or division. This aircraft belonging to the squadron and the shelves are not evaluated separately. Therefore, in particular, despite successfully conducted a flight of strategic bombers in Venezuela, "excellent" the Air Force could not be obtained due to shortcomings in other areas, for example, poor quality of search and rescue support.

    Rated "good" were 26 divisions of all kinds and types of troops, including the Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN), the Air Force and combat employment centers, which is about half of the available military forces in Russia.

    "Satisfactory" received 23 divisions, representing 47 percent of the total, 105 teams (over 60 per cent) and 97 separate regiments (50 percent). In general, it is more than half of the army and navy.

    On the "unsatisfactory" (which means the inability to conduct military operation) were assessed 4 brigades, including motorized Siberian and North-Caucasian military districts.

    Testing took place during the month in all the Armed Forces and ended on October 30. Its participants were the officers of the General Staff and the Commission of command of military districts and fleets.

    Ratings are the requirements to meet specific combat tasks in time. For example, for air defense systems is the time of detection of the target before the issuance of launchers coordinates for its destruction. For artillery and rocket forces one of the criteria for evaluating training is the accuracy of target engagement.

    As explained by the source in the General Staff, test results are unlikely to cause for dismissal, but the conduct of re-certification in the compounds is possible.

    According to the plan of the Ministry of Defense, the first stage of military reform should be completed Dec. 1, 2009, after which the armed forces should be switching over to 100-percent alert.

    In general, the reform provides for a range of measures to improve the combat readiness of the Armed Forces.

    In particular, the increase in fighting strength of the army by 2012, reduction of command posts and 150 thousand, as well as reducing the number of military units.

    In addition, the changes also affect the system of coordination control warheads, which implies the formation of constituencies on the basis of operational-strategic commands, which in case of mobilization must comply with all factions of forces in the area.

    Results after the transition to the "new look" in the army will remain 172 units and formations. In the Air Force of 340 units will remain 180, while in the Navy 123 parts of 240. Strategic Rocket Forces will reduce from 12 to 8 parts. Space Forces and the landing will reduce from 7 to 6 and from 6 to 5 units.

    http://lenta.ru/news/2009/11/10/army/
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    Appointments in Russia's MD

    Post  Farhad Gulemov on Mon May 24, 2010 6:09 pm

    I have just come across the info that the 58th Army has a new commander: Major-General Andrei Valerievich Kartopolov:

    http://www.vedomosti.ru/career/news/2010/05/07/1010498

    I could find absolutely no info on this guy, not even a short bio. Considering that he is now in charge of aguably the most critial Army of the Russian armed forces, it would be very interesting to know more about this appointment.

    Does anybody have any info at all on this guy and his career?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed May 26, 2010 7:43 pm

    Farhad Gulemov wrote:I have just come across the info that the 58th Army has a new commander: Major-General Andrei Valerievich Kartopolov:

    http://www.vedomosti.ru/career/news/2010/05/07/1010498

    I could find absolutely no info on this guy, not even a short bio. Considering that he is now in charge of aguably the most critial Army of the Russian armed forces, it would be very interesting to know more about this appointment.

    Does anybody have any info at all on this guy and his career?


    Thanks in advance,

    FG


    All is unknown! The Ministry has a way to hide things*.
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Farhad Gulemov on Wed May 26, 2010 10:25 pm

    Russian Patriot wrote:

    All is unknown! The Ministry has a way to hide things*.

    They sure do, but I wonder why nobody else seems to be curious about this. Тhe other weird appointment is for Lt-Gen. Alexander Galkin as C-in-C of the North Caucasus MD. The best I can tell this guy has no combat experience either (see here).

    I just wonder what the rationale for these appointments is confused

    In the meantime, there is an interesting experiment happening in this MD. The Russian Army has created an experimental reconaissance brigade (source here)

    The 58th Army and the NCMD seem to me as the most interesting ones to follow, at least to me, yet it appears that hardly anybody else is paying attention.

    weird...
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:46 pm


    Russia's first deputy defense minister discharged

    RIA Novosti

    18:50 22/06/2010 MOSCOW, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - In a shakeup at the Russian Defense Ministry, Col. Gen. Alexander Kolmakov has been dismissed as first deputy defense minister, the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.

    He was replaced by former deputy minister Vladimir Popovkin in charge of arms procurement.

    Kolmakov, 55, could have served for another five years until reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 but President Dmitry Medvedev refused to grant him an extension and discharged him from service.

    Addressing Popovkin, Medvedev, who is commander in chief of the Russian Armed Forces, said he was sure that Russia "will be able to carry out the state arms program that is currently being finalized."

    He said it was critical to modernize, upgrade and re-outfit the military "and lay the groundwork for the development of the Armed Forces through 2020 and even 2030."

    He said the new first deputy defense minister should pay special attention to suppliers "who sometimes make mischief," referring to overpricing their products.

    Medvedev said earlier on Tuesday he had appointed Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev as the new commander of the Strategic Missile Forces.

    Karakayev, former SMF chief of staff, replaces Col. Gen. Andrei Shvaichenko.

    Medvedev offered no reason for the dismissal of Shvaichenko, who had served in his position for less than a year (since August 2009), but said the SMF must at all times be "in full combat readiness and able to perform missions assigned to them."

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100622-rianovosti03.htm
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:34 am

    If Popovkin has been promoted than we know T-95 will never see the light of day.
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:47 pm

    Vladimir79 wrote:If Popovkin has been promoted than we know T-95 will never see the light of day.

    Thats true ! Can you sticky this Vlad?
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:05 pm


    Russian President appoints new deputy defense minister

    RIA Novosti

    11:50 06/08/2010 MOSCOW, August 6 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has appointed ex-deputy head of the Federal Tax Service Tatyana Shevtsova to the post of deputy defense minister, the Kremlin said on Friday.

    Shevtsova, 41, has worked for the Russian tax authorities since 1991 and served as the deputy head of the Federal Tax service from 2004.

    In May, the Defense Ministry appointed Shevtsova and another ex-deputy of the Federal Tax Service, Nadezhda Sinikova, to the ministry counsel.

    The current Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov served as Federal Tax Service head until 2007.


    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100806-rianovosti03.htm
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    Mobile Mortars

    Post  GarryB on Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:16 am

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - An innovative team of armaments engineers here has successfully designed and tested a mortar that fires from a military HMMWV, a technical breakthrough never before achieved.

    WOW!

    Utilizing a foreign-made 82mm auto-fire weapon that Franchino came across while working on another program, the team began the project.

    Hang on... I thought that mortar looked familiar.


    Check out this thread for the story:

    http://www.rdecom.army.mil/rdemagazine/200409/itf_mortar.html

    It seems that these gifted engineers took a 2B9 Vasilek 82mm automatic mortar and fitted it to the rear of a Humvee and the result is a technical breakthrough because the Vasilek has never been fired from a Humvee before!!!

    Look up Youtube for the Scorpion and you will find videos of this amazing American invention...

    What you don't see in any of these links is the fact that the 2B9 Vasilek 82mm automatic mortar is a Soviet design.
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Kysusha on Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:22 am

    Observant of you. I venture to suggest that most of the 82mm morat options are Ex Soivet. The rationale was that they could utilise over run HATO 81mm ammunition while HATO could not reciprocate.

    Check the vehicle mounting of mortars - I think you may find the some enterprising Kiwi had grafted a motar to a vehicle some time before. [Like the claim as to who was first to fly - Yanks say the Wright Brothers but history if read correctly, shows that Richard Pearse; The first flight was by a twenty-five year old New Zealander, Richard Pearse on March 31, 1902. Pearse, (1877 - 1953).

    We just have to accept that everything is bigger and better in American - and they are always first.
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    Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:11 pm

    Medvedev demands more domestic telecoms equipment for Russian army

    RIA Novosti

    16:06 01/10/2010 GORKI (Moscow region), October 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called on Friday for domestic production of telecommunications equipment for the security forces to be stepped up.

    "Currently, we buy this kind of equipment from nearly 40 foreign firms," Medvedev said at a Security Council meeting.

    "Sometimes we can't dispense with it [foreign technology] ... but we should make the best use of our capabilities in the area of [telecoms] equipment and software," he said.

    All analog telecommunications within the country's Armed Forces should be replaced by digital technologies, Medvedev said.

    National security can only be ensured with the help of up-to-date telecommunications, he added.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-101001-rianovosti01.htm
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Sun Oct 03, 2010 2:47 am

    Excellent.

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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Austin on Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:17 am

    Medvedev urges creation of mobile communications for special services

    President Dmitry Medvedev has set Russia's security agencies the task of creating a reliable modern system for confidential mobile communications, the secretary of the Russian Security Council said Friday.

    "We will work on this, and I hope such communications will appear soon: we have already done some groundwork," Nikolai Patrushev told journalists after a Security Council meeting.

    Patrushev explained that he meant mobile phones on which confidential conversations could be held from any point on the Earth.

    "And the talk cannot be intercepted," said Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, who delivered a report at the meeting.

    Patrushev said currently available systems are too bulky.
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:49 am

    They aren't the only offenders... it was a British expedition that conquered Everest the first time. Twisted Evil

    I guess their claim that they were the first to fit a Vasilek Automatic mortar onto a Humvee is technically correct... just as impressive as if I put a 7.62 x 54R calibre Kalashnikov machine gun on an Abrams I could probably claim it as a first too.

    During their time in Afghanistan it was quite normal for the VDV units to lash a Vasilek to the back of a MT-LB for mobility (it was mainly a VDV operated weapon AFAIK).
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:51 pm

    Here is video of your Scorpion mortar...



    They never did come up with an FCS for it and reloading is completely out in the open. Based on the time stamp, it took them 23 minutes to reload. Not very promising which is why it was dropped. You need a heavier chassis to carry mortar systems. The French have the better idea with Dragonfire.

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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Kysusha on Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:55 am

    The first serious development in mobile mortar systems came from the Soviet Union, in the immediate post WW2 era. During the war years, the Russians showed little interest in mobile mortars, in fact, on dedicated SP artillery, the main focus being on ad-hoc anti-armour solutions against the overwhelming German panzers. But painful battlefield experience placed self propelled artillery high on the Russian national priority and the results were some interesting solutions, which remain significant technological highlights even today. The traditional smooth-bore barrels mounted on recoil-absorbing base plates and relatively uncomplicated supports have limited the size, which a mobile platform could support, without collapsing. The German Wehrmacht actually fielded the first mobile mortar, mounting an 8cm infantry mortar on a its SdKfz 250-7 which saw action in Russia in WW2.

    First to enter service in the early Sixties, was the huge SM-240 (2S4 Tyulpan) mechanised mortar system, mounting a breech-loaded 240mm heavy mortar, firing a power assisted loaded 130kg shell at 1-2 rpm to 12.5km range. The weapon was fired to the rear, the base plate lowered hydraulically from by special device. Another breech loaded mortar, was the Russian 2B9 82mm Vasilyek Automatic Mortar system, which represented a clear break-through in post-war mortar technology. The Vasilyek was recoil operated, munitions fed by four-round clips into the breech, achieving cyclic rate of fire 40-60 rpm in two seconds mounted on a tracked MT-LBu light armoured vehicle. Several derivatives were modified by foreign armies, one of the most interesting, an Iraqi version mounting four rear firing 120mm mortar tubes on a common rear-lowered base.
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:55 am

    Mortars were apparently popular in mountainous areas because of their steep trajectories and the fact that with the nose fuse and the tail fins the best fragmentation came sideways so landing nearly vertically meant a much better circular fragmentation pattern than the shell from a higher velocity direct fire weapon.

    The Vasilek looks rather promising but at the end of the day if you are going to vehicle mount it... going to a 120mm mortar greatly reduces rate of fire but also greatly increases the size of the bomb and adds the possibility of a guided shell design.
    The 2S9 and the many other related vehicles with 120mm gun mortars seem to be the weapon of choice for the Russian airborne forces.

    The early light mortars like the 50mm weapon the Soviets used in WWII have been largely replaced by 30mm automatic grenade launchers.
    The light 82mm mortars have the virtue of man pack mobility but lack a little in bomb weight, while the 107mm mortars have not been used by the Soviets/Russians for a while... the 120mm has become very popular as a self propelled model. There was a larger model that was a 160mm model for mountain use that I think the Israelis copied and put on an APC chassis because its 41kg bombwas quite effective, but my favourite Soviet/Russian Mortar is the Tulip at 240mm with a shell in the weight range of about 130kgs it is a sight to behold.


    When they fire it sounds like a bell ringing...

    The laser guided shells for 120mm Russian mortars is the GRAN, while for the 240mm mortar it is the Smelchak.
    Note for the 122mm howitzers there is the Santimetr and the 152mm guns is the Krasnopol.
    The Kranopol-M1 is the 155mm laser guided shell the French have bought from Russia to use in their artillery.
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Kysusha on Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:33 am

    GaryB, I'd have serious reservations over the effectiveness of this weapon in a combat zone. The rate of fire looks far too slow and loading is very fiddly. Imagine the grime, dirt, blood and sweat of an operational setting and imagine going through the proceedure to fire - against a comparable emeny [not an irregular force]. Your fire position would be plotted before you could fire off your second salvo and the incoming would simply add to your mysery. Much and all as the weapon is formidable - when it lands - the application sets it out as a target before it is effective.

    The Soviet artillery has been and is, the best in the world - give me a howizter over this any day. Hell, I'd probably even setle for the 120mm mortar.


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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:44 am

    The Czech 122mm rocket launcher has always been held in the west as superior to the Soviet model because the Czech model has a full reload on the back of the truck and can be reloaded in about 3 minutes.
    The simple fact of the matter is that it is not superior because that 3 minutes should be used to reposition the unit for the second shot.
    After firing the first salvo if the enemy has any counter battery capability the mortar would be tucked up and the unit moved for every shot... so rate of fire would not be so important.

    The Tulip was absolutely loved in Afghanistan because it was the only weapon that could clear mountains and hit mountain caves with enough HE to have an effect.
    Even without guided rounds its accuracy was good enough to be a very effective weapon.

    There was a habit of the Muj and therefore western services to call any Soviet effective weapon a devils chariot. The Mi-24, the Su-25 (also called the german jet), the ZSU-23-4, BM-21.
    They didn't call the Tulip anything because they had no idea what hit them.

    In a shoot and scoot environment having 6 x 130kg HE rounds falling up to 19km away from the mortar the effect on target is similar to an airstrike but at a fraction of the cost and all weather day or night... something that wasn't an option at the time for the Soviets.
    Now they are adding GLONASS guided bombs and digital fire control systems they are just getting more accurate which means rate of fire becomes less important.

    The rate of fire issue is directly related to shell weight and that is probably what killed the 160mm mortar with its 41kg shells which were effective but required a vehicle to operate properly.

    The 120mm is on the border in that a vehicle is not absolutely necessary but improves performance and accuracy and rate of fire and crew protection and mobility.

    For the 240mm is is necessary because although it does not improve crew protection it improves mobility so it can be shoot and scoot.
    For guided shells the laser marking component is seperate from the firing component so the laser marking could be done by a UAV almost 20km away from the battery that fires and then moves.
    A 120mm battery could do the same but over less than half the distance.
    The effect would also be quite different as a 16kg shell does not have the same effect on target as a 130kg shell.
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  Kysusha on Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:03 am

    GaryB,

    I guess it boils down to what role you are looking for your support weapons to provide. Granted if you are employing them in and H+I role – a shoot and scoot option probably will save them.

    Being an Infantry guy, I like my support under command and at priority call. When I call it, it comes and for as long as I need it. That was what was so good about Bn mortars – if the CO gave them to you and you then had the MFC – you had HE to get you out of the shit. Silent register on your route, designated DF’s and you felt confident to face the world. You could even have FPF in danger close in real tight spots. Often you would have 105mm as at priority call – so if they were available, you got them too – that way you could get the FO to rotate the fire missions so that you could move the firing lines.

    But to call in that support, you needed to be sure that when you wanted it – it wasn’t mobile! A hell of a lot can happen in the time taken for a mobile unit to get into action! Whereas, the 81mm and 120mm mortars were there and basically only time of flight away – splash over!
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  IronsightSniper on Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:41 am

    RPGs aside, would the elevation of that 240 mm mortar be locked? The elevation settings of those line of mortars seems to be locked in that video. Asides from that, is there an accuracy rating in CEP for the Smel'chak?
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    Re: Russian Ground Forces: News #1

    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:00 am

    Not sure I understand the question Austin...

    If you are asking about the angle limits of the Tulip it can fire from 50 degrees to 80 degrees in elevation, and can traverse 23 degrees without moving the vehicle.

    A CEP is not given for the Smelchak but with such a heavy payload I would expect precise accuracy is not totally essential.
    The warhead is comparable to a small aircraft bomb.
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:02 am

    Why all this talk about the Tulip Tree? It has far more cons than pros. Lacks mobility, low rate of fire, manpower intensive, set up time is better part of an hour, gets stuck in the mud easily. You have to fire a ranging round to use laser guided shells. The kit is a Soviet style siege cannon. Unless you have your enemy encircled, not much use.

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