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    Post  Vann7 on Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:55 am

    Werewolf wrote:The answer is always to overwhelm the APS system. It is similiar to Battleships, they are capable of intercepting Anti Ship Missiles, but the question is how many in what short time are necessary to destroy it. That is why the tactic is to flood it and overwhelm the defensive capabilities aswell to assure a destruction and not just damaging it. Tanks and ships are equal subjects to such tactics.

    You can also launch a multiple decoy fake missile to confuse the tank radars ,followed close by a real one. that will be very effective if done right ,because the tanks radars will be unable to differentiate between a real Missile versus a fake decoy that looks identical in radars to a real missile.
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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  Book. on Thu May 05, 2016 11:41 am

    Watch South Korea's First Homemade Tank Strut Its Stuff
    By Kyle Mizokami | May 3, 2016

    ​At $8.5 million, the K-2 Black Panther is one of the most expensive tanks ever built​.

    A new drone-captured video on YouTube shows off the South Korea's new main battle tank, offering spectacular aerial views of the K-2 "Black Panther" in the field, complete with firing smoke dischargers and wading a river.

    The K-2 is South Korea's first locally designed and produced tank. Although development was completed in 2007, problems with the transmission and engine delayed production. The problem was temporarily solved by sourcing German power packs for the first 100 vehicles, to be replaced with a Korean-made power pack for subsequent production models. The first K-2s entered service in 2014 Roughly four hundred tanks will be built, replacing South Korea's obsolete M48 Patton tanks.

    The K-2 is roughly comparable to the French LeClerc and the American M1 Abrams. It has the same German-designed 120-millimeter main gun as the Abrams, but with a longer barrel to boost projectile velocity. An automatic loader replaces a human loader, reducing the crew to three. It reportedly can feed the gun one round every three seconds. The K-2 has a radar autotracker, allowing the main gun to lock onto and follow a moving enemy tank or low-flying aircraft.

    Another standout capability of the K-2 lies in the Korean Standoff Top Attack Munition (KSTAM) munition. KSTAM is fired from the main gun at long range and, like artillery, can attack targets beyond the line of sight. After it's shot into a target area, KSTAM deploys a parachute and turns on its sensor package, including a millimetric wave radar and infra-red sensor. Once it detects a target, it fires an explosively forged penetrator into the enemy's thin top armor. A weapon system like KSTAM is particularly useful in South Korea's mountainous terrain.

    The K-2 is smaller than many tanks, weighing a trim 55 tons. It has a peppy horsepower to weight (ton) ratio of 27.2, approximately 20 percent better than a late model Abrams tank. The tank's hydropneumatic suspension system can lower its profile by 16 inches, making it less vulnerable to enemy fire.

    In wartime, the K-2 would square off against the North Korean People's Army's Ch'ŏnma-ho and Pokpung-ho tanks. Both are upgrades of older Soviet-era tanks and are inferior to the K-2 in every way.

    More: http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a20701/south-korea-black-panther-tank/

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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  Book. on Tue May 10, 2016 8:05 am

    M60 Tank Service Life Extension Program
    Published on May 6, 2016

    In response to modern battlefield needs, Raytheon offers the Service Life Extension Program to re-design and re-equip current M-60A3 tanks giving them significant tactical advantages.

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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  Book. on Fri May 20, 2016 1:36 am

    How the Pentagon is Preparing for a Tank War With Russia
    3:30 PM ET BY PATRICK TUCKER
    Here: http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2016/05/how-pentagon-preparing-tank-war-russia/128460/?oref=d-topstory

    When Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster briefs, it’s like Gen. Patton giving a TED talk — a domineering physical presence with bristling intellectual intensity.

    These days, the charismatic commander of the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command is knee-deep in a project called The Russia New Generation Warfare study, an analysis of how Russia is re-inventing land warfare in the mud of Eastern Ukraine. Speaking recently at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., McMaster said that the two-year-old conflict had revealed that the Russians have superior artillery firepower, better combat vehicles, and have learned sophisticated use of UAVs for tactical effect. Should U.S. forces find themselves in a  land war with Russia, he said, they would be in for a rude, cold awakening.

    “We spend a long time talking about winning long-range missile duels,” said McMaster. But long-range missiles only get you through the front door. The question then becomes what will you do when you get there.

    “Look at the enemy countermeasures,” he said, noting Russia’s use of nominally semi-professional forces who are capable of “dispersion, concealment, intermingling with civilian populations…the ability to disrupt our network strike capability, precision navigation and timing capabilities.” All of that means “you’re probably going to have a close fight… Increasingly, close combat overmatch is an area we’ve neglected, because we’ve taken it for granted.”

    So how do you restore overmatch? The recipe that’s emerging from the battlefield of Ukraine, says McMaster, is more artillery and better artillery, a mix of old and new.

    Cross-Domain Fires

    “We’re out-ranged by a lot of these systems and they employ improved conventional munitions, which we are going away from. There will be a 40- to 60-percent reduction in lethality in the systems that we have,” he said. “Remember that we already have fewer artillery systems. Now those fewer artillery systems will be less effective relative to the enemy. So we need to do something on that now.”

    To remedy that, McMaster is looking into a new area called “cross domain fires,” which would outfit ground units to hit a much wider array of targets. “When an Army fires unit arrives somewhere, it should be able to do surface-to-air, surface-to-surface, and shore-to-ship capabilities. We are developing that now and there are some really promising capabilities,” he said.

    While the full report has not been made public, “a lot of this is available open source” said McMaster, “in the work that Phil Karber has done, for example.”

    Karber, the president of the Potomac Foundation, went on a fact-finding mission to Ukraine last year, and returned with the conclusion that the United States had long overemphasized precision artillery on the battlefield at the expense of mass fires. Since the 1980s, he said last October, at an Association for the United States Army event, the U.S. has given up its qualitative edge, mostly by getting rid of cluster munitions.

    Munitions have advanced incredibly since then. One of the most terrifying weapons that the Russians are using on the battlefield are thermobaric warheads, weapons that are composed almost entirely of fuel and burn longer and with more intensity than other types of munitions.

    “In a 3-minute period…a Russian fire strike wiped out two mechanized battalions [with] a combination of top-attack munitions and thermobaric warheads,” said Karber. “If you have not experienced or seen the effects of thermobaric warheads, start taking a hard look. They might soon be coming to a theater near you.”

    Karber also noted that Russian forces made heavy and integrated use of electronic warfare. It’s used to identify fire sources and command posts and to shut down voice and data communications. In the northern section, he said, “every single tactical radio [the Ukrainian forces] had was taken out by heavy Russian sector-wide EW.” Other EW efforts had taken down Ukrainian quadcopters. Another system was being used to mess with the electrical fuses on Ukrainian artillery shells, ”so when they hit, they’re duds,” he said.

    Karber also said the pro-Russian troops in Donbas were using an overlapping mobile radar as well as a new man-portable air defense that’s “integrated into their network and can’t be spoofed by [infrared] decoys” or flares.

    Combat Vehicles and Defenses

    The problems aren’t just with rockets and shells, McMaster said. Even American combat vehicles have lost their edge.

    “The Bradley [Fighting Vehicle] is great,” he said, but “what we see now is that our enemies have caught up to us. They’ve invested in combat vehicles. They’ve invested in advanced protective systems and active protective systems. We’ve got to get back ahead on combat vehicle development.”

    If the war in Eastern Ukraine were a real-world test, the Russian T-90 tank passed with flying colors. The tank had seen action in Dagestan and Syria, but has been particularly decisive in Ukraine. The Ukrainians, Karber said, “have not been able to record one single kill on a T-90. They have the new French optics on them. The Russians actually designed them to take advantage of low light, foggy, winter conditions.”

    What makes the T-90 so tough? For starters, explosive reactive armor. When you fire a missile at the tank, its skin of metal plates and explosives reacts. The explosive charge clamps the plates together so the rocket can’t pierce the hull.

    But that’s only if the missile gets close enough. The latest thing in vehicle defense is active protection systems, or APS, which automatically spot incoming shells and target them with electronic jammers or just shoot them down. “It might use electronics to ‘confuse’ an incoming round, or it might use mass (outgoing bullets, rockets) to destroy the incoming round before it gets too close,” Army director for basic research Jeff Singleton told Defense One in an email.

    The T-90’s active protective system is the Shtora-1 countermeasures suite. “I’ve interviewed Ukrainian tank gunners,” said Karber. “They’ll say ‘I had my [anti-tank weapon] right on it, it got right up to it and then they had this miraculous shield. An invisible shield. Suddenly, my anti-tank missile just went up to the sky.’”

    The Pentagon is well behind some other militaries on this research. Israeli forces declared its Trophy APS operational in 2009, integrated it onto tanks since 2010, and has been using it to protect Israeli tank soldiers from Hamas rockets ever since.

    Singleton said the United States is looking to give its Abrams tank the Trophy, which uses buckshot-like guns to down incoming fire without harming nearby troops.

    The Army is also experimenting with the Israeli-made Iron Curtain APS for the Stryker, which works similarly, and one for the Bradley that has yet to be named. Raytheon has a system called the Quick Kill that uses a scanned array radar and a small missile to shoot down incoming projectiles.

    Anti-Drone Defenses

    One of the defining features of the war in Eastern Ukraine is the use of drones by both sides, not to target high-value terrorists but to direct fire in the same way forces used the first combat aircraft in World War I.

    The past has a funny way of re-inventing itself, says McMaster.

    “I never had to look up in my whole career and say, ‘Is it friendly or enemy?’ because of the U.S. Air Force. We have to do that now,” said McMaster. “Our Air Force gave us an unprecedented period of air supremacy…that changed the dynamics of ground combat. Now, you can’t bank on that.”

    Pro-Russian forces use as many as 16 types of UAVs for targeting.

    Russian forces are known to have “a 90-kilometer [Multiple Launch Rocket System] round, that goes out, parachute comes up, a UAV pops out, wings unfold, and they fly it around, it can strike a mobile target” said Karber, who said he wasn’t sure it had yet been used in Ukraine.

    Karber’s track record for accuracy is less than perfect, as writer Jeffrey Lewis has pointed out in Foreign Policy. At various points, he has inflated estimates of China’s nuclear arsenal from some 300 weapons (based on declassified estimates) to 3,000 squirreled away in mysterious tunnels, a claim that many were able to quickly debunk. In 2014, he helped pass photos to Sen. James Inhofe of the Senate Armed Services Committee that purported to be recent images of Russian forces inside Ukraine. It turned out they were AP photographs from 2008.

    “In the haste of running for the airport and trying to respond to a last-minute request with short time fuse,” Karber said by way of explanation, “I made the mistake of believing we were talking about the same photos … and it never occurred to me that the three photos of Russian armor were part of that package or being considered.”

    No Foolproof Technological Solution

    All of these technologies could shape the future battlefield, but none of them are silver bullets, nor do they, in McMaster’s view, offset the importance of human beings in gaining territory, holding territory, and changing facts on the ground to align with mission objectives.

    As the current debate about the authorization for the use of force in Iraq shows, the commitment of large numbers of U.S. ground troops to conflict has become a political nonstarter for both parties. In lieu of a political willingness to put troops in the fight, multi-sectarian, multi-ethnic forces will take the lead, just as they are doing now in Iraq and Syria.

    “What’s necessary is political accommodation, is what needs to happen, if we don’t conduct operations and plan campaigns in a way that gets to the political accommodation,” he said. “The most important activity will be to broker political ceasefires and understandings.”

    Sometimes that happens at the end of a tank gun.
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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  Book. on Mon May 23, 2016 10:53 pm

    Ukraine markets MBT powerpack
    Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review | 23 May 2016

    Here: http://www.janes.com/article/60525/ukraine-markets-mbt-powerpack

    The State Enterprise Malyshev Plant in Ukraine is marketing its latest 1,500 hp diesel powerpack as a potential upgrade for existing main battle tanks (MBTs) or installation in newly built MBTs.

    The Malyshev Plant has manufactured more than 20,000 MBT engines and its latest development is a compact diesel powerpack that comprises the liquid-cooled 6TD-series six-cylinder, two-stroke multifuel supercharged engine.

    The engine features direct fuel injection, a lubrication system, a powerpack top deck with ejection-type cooling system, an uprated transmission, and a hydraulic control and transmission lubrication system. Hull component parts include the air cleaner, air inlet device, and gas duct.

    According to the Malyshev Plant, its ejection-type cooling system enables the MBT to operate in high ambient temperatures of up to 55°C without loss of power when using diesel fuel.

    The highly efficient cassette/cyclone air filter is claimed to ensure air filtration with an efficiency rating of up to 99.8%, which is critical for operating in desert conditions.

    The air-tight powerpack enables the MBT to wade to a maximum depth of up to 1.8 m without preparation and the compact design enables it to be installed co-axially with the side gearboxes. The company is also marketing its reversible transmission for use with the 6TD-series engine, which is claimed to improve forward and reverse speeds.

    The top deck is provided with thermal protection to reduce the exhaust signature.

    The company's smaller 3TD family of diesel engines features outputs of 280 to 600 hp and the larger 5TD with outputs of 700 to 1,050 hp for MBT applications. The 3, 5, and 6 in the designation denotes the number of cylinders.

    The company also supplies auxiliary power units (APUs) that are typically installed in MBTs to enable their main engines to be shut down while maintaining operation of its electronic subsystems.


    Ukrane 6TD six-cylinder diesel engine from the Malyshev Plant develops 1,500 hp. Photo @Christopher F Foss
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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  max steel on Mon May 30, 2016 12:44 am

    Your thoughts on Strong Europe Tank Challenge, every country used their own equipment for which the crews were trained. ?

    new German tank – the MBT Revolution

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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  VladimirSahin on Mon May 30, 2016 12:49 am

    max steel wrote:Your thoughts on Strong Europe Tank Challenge, every country used their own equipment for which the crews were trained. ?

    new German tank – the MBT Revolution


    The Americans came 3rd or 4th place if I remember correctly. I wasn't shocked, The US likes to hype up their training and vehicles way more then it should be. Very Happy Germans smoked them.
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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  Book. on Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:36 am



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    Raytheon Breathes New Life Into Patton Tanks [USA]
    Jen Judson, Defense News 11:57 a.m. EDT June 5, 2016

    Here: http://www.defensenews.com/story/...

    WASHINGTON — Raytheon, in concert with the US Army, has put together a package of upgrades to modernize 1960s-era Patton tanks still used by many Middle Eastern countries.

    The effort is a procurement formula for bringing old equipment up to speed in an era where most countries' defense spending budgets are declining and the idea of building anything new from the ground up is rarity.

    “I think the recipe we have, modernization through sustainment, is going to be a key mechanism for the US to move through this period,” he said.

    And that strategy will likely be employed by countless other countries around the world as well.

    Take the M60 Patton tank, for example. It became the standard main battle tank for the US Army in the 1960s, but was replaced by the M1 Abrams 20 years later. Yet, there are still Patton tanks used by countries around the world and there are estimated to be about 7,000 to 10,000 of them used by countries in the Middle East, Probert said.

    Raytheon said it was aware of tanks remaining in Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon, Israel, Thailand and Taiwan.
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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  Book. on Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:22 am

    Eurosatory 2016: French Army Leclerc renovation
    Published on Jun 13, 2016

    In this video filmed at Eurosatory 2016, Christopher F Foss, Editor, IHS Jane's Land Warfare Platforms discusses the renovation of the French Leclerc Main Battle Tank.



    Leclerc tank look good thumbsup
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    Post  Book. on Tue Jun 14, 2016 12:26 pm

    Eurosatory 2016: Rheinmetall lifts the lid on new 130 mm tank gun
    Christopher F Foss, Paris - IHS Jane's International Defence Review | 14 June 2016

    Here: http://www.janes.com/article/61255/eurosatory-2016-rheinmetall-lifts-the-lid-on-new-130-mm-tank-gun

    Rheinmetall Weapon and Munition has unveiled a new 130 mm smoothbore tank gun at Eurosatory 2016 in Paris.

    Development of the gun commenced in 2015, with the company using internal funding for the project. The first technical demonstrator (TD) was completed in May 2016.

    After Eurosatory the gun will commence its firing trials from a static stand at Rheinmetall's proving ground, where its performance will be compared to the extensive simulation work already carried out on the weapon and its ammunition.

    The new 130 mm smoothbore gun is an L/51 weapon and has a vertical sliding breech mechanism, increased chamber volume, and is chrome lined. However, it is not fitted with a muzzle brake.

    Only scant details of the 130 mm L/51 tank gun have been released by Rheinmetall, with the company quoting an all-up weight of 3,000 kg, which includes the recoil system - the barrel alone is stated as weighing 1,400 kg.

    The example shown at Eurosatory 2016 is fitted with a thermal sleeve and muzzle reference system (MRS) and these will be fitted for the upcoming firing trials. The MRS enables the weapon to be bore sighted on a more regular basis and without the crew needing to leave the platform.

    In parallel with the new gun, Rheinmetall is developing a new generation armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS) round, which will feature a semi-combustible cartridge case, new propellant, and a new advanced long rod tungsten penetrator.

    This will be followed by new 130 mm high-explosive air-bursting munition (HE ABM) that will have a number of fuze options depending on the target.

    This HE ABM round will leverage from technology from the 120 mm DM11 HE ABM, currently in production for the home and export markets for use with Rheinmetall's 120 mm L/44 and L/55 smoothbore tank guns installed on Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs).


    Photo: JPW FIDES




    Rheinmetall’s new IFV, the Lynx
    14 Jun 2016

    Here: www.rheinmetall-defence.com

    Firepower, force protection, C4I, manoeuvrability, versatility


    At Eurosatory 2016 Rheinmetall presented its new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle today to the international public for the first time. Agile, hard-hitting and highly protected, this state-of-the-art tracked armoured vehicle is destined to dominate the modern battlefield, lending itself to operations from peace enforcement to high-intensity combat.

    Ben Hudson, Head of Rheinmetall’s Vehicle Systems Division, said "Lynx is an advanced new modular family of vehicles that offers our customers the highest levels of survivability, mobility, lethality and capacity while utilising proven technologies to deliver a compelling value proposition for our global customers. Lynx delivers the capabilities that will allow our customers to fight, survive and win on the battlefields of today and tomorrow".

    Cutting edge capabilities

    Four core capabilities characterize the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle: firepower, force protection, situational awareness and mobility.

    Firepower: Lynx features a Rheinmetall LANCE turret armed with a stabilized, externally powered, airburst-capable automatic cannon (either 30mm or 35mm). This enables Lynx to effectively engage targets with high precision at ranges of up to 3,000 metres – even on the move. Lynx can also be equipped with an antitank guided missile launcher and a secondary weapon station linked to the main optics (main sensor slaved armament). Not only does Lynx have hunter-killer capability, it can operate in killer-killer mode, since the commander and gunner can observe and engage targets independently of each other.

    Force protection: With the diesel engine mounted in the forward section and a modular armour concept, the vehicle architecture offers a high degree of protection. The vehicle’s ballistic armour shields Lynx from antitank weapons, medium-calibre ammunition, artillery shrapnel, IEDs and bomblets. In addition, a spall liner in the vehicle interior protects the entire crew. Mine and IED protection packages, decoupled seats and the optional hard kill Active Defence System (ADS) significantly boost the vehicle’s survivability.

    Situational awareness: The commander and gunner both have access to the Stabilized Electro Optical Sight System/SEOSS, a digital TV - IR optical system with an integrated laser range finder and fire control computer. In the fighting compartment, displays provide the crew with a seamless 360° panoramic view. Rheinmetall’s Situational Awareness System (SAS), featuring automatic target detection and tracking, enhances the hunter-killer capability and minimizes crew reaction time. Emerging threats can be swiftly engaged with Lynx’s main or secondary armament. Laser warning sensors and the Acoustic Sniper Locating System (ASLS) likewise form part of the sensor suite. A combat management system and intercom for tactical communication round out the array of on-board equipment.

    Owing to the manned turret, the commander can still lead from the hatch. The gunner and driver each have hatches, too, while two soldiers in the rear of the fighting compartment can also observe the area around the vehicle from an open hatch.

    Mobility: Lynx features an excellent power-to-weight ratio and can handle gradients of up to 60 degrees and lateral inclines of more than 30 degrees. It can cross ditches up to 2.5 metres wide and ford bodies of water up to 1.50 metres deep. Furthermore, it can climb over one-metre-high obstacles. The vehicle can run on either rubber or light metal tracks.

    One vehicle family – one logistics system – one supplier: Rheinmetall

    Another characteristic of Lynx is its versatility. For example, the new IFV comes in two versions: the KF31 and KF41 (KF stands for ‘Kettenfahrzeug’, or tracked vehicle in German). Weighing up to 38 tonnes, Lynx KF31 on display at Eurosatory and can seat 3+6 soldiers. Lynx KF41 is slightly larger and can carry 3+8 soldiers.

    Both vehicle classes – Lynx KF31 and Lynx KF41 – can be configured for other roles include a command & control, an armoured reconnaissance, repair & recovery and an ambulance.

    A high degree of commonality in parts and components is another prominent feature of the Lynx family of vehicles. This simplifies logistic support and has a positive impact on training. Furthermore, customized service support is available worldwide – ranging from training and logistics to in-theatre repairs and technology transfer.

    The Lynx family of vehicles highlights once again Rheinmetall’s role as a high-tech enterprise for security and mobility.




    Photo: Rheinmetall Defence
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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  higurashihougi on Tue Jun 14, 2016 3:43 pm

    IHS Jane wrote:However, it is not fitted with a muzzle brake.

    "However" ??? Why was IHS Jane so surprise about a smoothbore tank cannon does not have muzzle brake ?

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    Post  Akula1.0 on Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:27 am

    A friend of mine referred me to this video, and well, it's too funny not to post. Didn't want to do it in the main discussion forum though, so this seems better.
    Get ready to laugh Razz
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    Post  Zivo on Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:04 pm

    Akula1.0 wrote:A friend of mine referred me to this video, and well, it's too funny not to post. Didn't want to do it in the main discussion forum though, so this seems better.
    Get ready to laugh Razz

    His videos have been discussed here before, the guy's a fool, peddling poor information to other fools on youtube.

    I honestly did not bother to watch his video after his first "Gotcha" rebuttal about the T-14's weight, lol.... No shit Sherlock, there's plenty of old outdated MBT's that are lighter, it is obviously referring to the T-14 being lightest of its modern rivals, which it indisputably is.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:48 am

    Few modern smoothbore guns will have a muzzle brake as they are designed for high velocity.


    Their primary round will therefore be APFSDS rounds and muzzle brakes and Sabots don't mix well...

    It was the introduction of the APDS rounds in 30mm calibre that got rid of the muzzle brake on the 2A72 cannon on the BMP-3.


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    Post  Book. on Sat May 27, 2017 7:22 am

    Ukraine Main Battle Tank OPLOT
    Published on May 26, 2017

    The up-to-date Ukrainian BM OPLOT tank is intended for effective day and night combat use under adverse environmental, climatic and weather conditions including those under high temperatures of the surrounding air and high dust loading. The following were introduced: the multifuel engine, the transmission with extended speed range and complex system of movement control, the autonomous power unit for power supply when the vehicle is parked, the unique explosive reactive armour protection against tandem HEAT and APFSDS projectiles, the effective complex system of detection and optical-electronic suppression of the enemy’s guidance and sighting devices, the up-to-date sighting and observation complex with thermal imager, the digital ballistic computer and navigational support system. The capability of targets destruction by missiles at the range of up to 5 km without entering the dangerous area.



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    Re: General Main Battle Tank Technology Thread:

    Post  Book. on Mon May 29, 2017 9:19 pm

    Ukraine is expected to unveil its upgraded T-84 tanks during celebration of the 26th anniversary of independence
    May 28, 2017 Here: http://defence-blog.com/army/ukraine-is-expected...

    Ukraine is expected to unveil its upgraded T-84 main battle tanks (MBTs) during a 24 August parade as part of the 26th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.

    SE “Malyshev Plant”, part of Ukrainian defence concern UkrOboronProm, to upgrade six T-84 main battle tanks.  This tank is a predecessor of the latest vehicles Oplot.

    “T-84 is actually the same Oplot in its characteristics, at the same time, the cost of upgraded the T-84 tank is an order of magnitude lower than the production of the Oplot ” – said chief engineer at Kharkiv-based Malyshev Plant Oleksandr Sheiko.

    The first T-84 prototype vehicle rolled out in 1994, and in the same year it was decided to build several more vehicles. They were subjected to extensive company and army trials. After successful completion of the extensive trials programme in the late 1990s the T-84 MBT entered service with the Ukrainian Army in 1999. On 24 August 2000, 10 T-84 MBTs took part in the parade dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.

    The main armament comprises a stabilized 125-mm KBA3 smoothbore gun fed by a carousel-type automatic loader and fitted with a thermal sleeve and fume extractor (bore evacuator). The gun is stabilized in both elevation and traverse. The main gun has a quick-replacement barrel which can be changed under field conditions without the need to remove the gun from the tank.

    The specific feature of the tank is that it is fitted with a guided missile system to enable the main gun to fire a laser guided missile and engage targets out to 5,000 m.

    As of today, Malyshev Plant begins routine repair and modernization of the batch of tanks T-84 for Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    The T-84 tank is a further development of the T-80UD tank by means of installing, among other things, multiple protection explosive reactive armor modules, these being supplemented by passive armor array, and a more advanced fire control system similar to that installed on the modern Ukrainian Oplot tanks.




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    Excalibur offers T-72 main battle tank upgrade at IDET 2017
    May 31, 2017 Here: http://defence-blog.com/army/excalibur-offers-t-72-main-battle-tank-upgrade-at-idet-2017.html

    Czech Company Excaliburhas developed an upgrade package for the Soviet-made T-72 main battle tank. The set of upgrades for the T-72 main battle tank (MBT), with the improved vehicle designated called the T-4 72 Scarab or T-72 Scarab.

    The Czech Company Excalibur unveiled it’s improved T-72 Scarab main battle tank during the International Fair of Defence and Security Technology (IDET) in Brno.

    According to armyrecognition.com, the T-72 Scarab is motorized with the V-84 engine developing 618 kW replacing the original engine V-46-6. It can run at a maximum road speed of 60 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 500 km.

    The T-72 Scarab of the Czech Company Excalibur keeps the main armament of the standard Soviet-made T-72 main battle tank which consists of one 125 mm (2A46) smoothbore gun fitted with a light-alloy thermal sleeve and a bore evacuator. The turret is fitted with a carousel automatic loader mounted on the turret floor and also on the rear wall of the turret.

    The ballistic protection of the T-72 was substantially increased while maintaining its outstanding mobility. For the T-72 Scarab, the front of the hull is fitted with ERA Explosive Reactive Armour, front and sides of the turret are equipped with passive armour and rear part of the turret is protected with wire cage armour.


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