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    Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces

    Post  d_taddei2 on Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:50 am

    i this maybe a little off previous topic, but was wanting peoples views on the Cuban armed forces.

    like North Korea Cuba has been faced with long term sanctions preventing it from obtaining new equipment. Cuba has like North Korea made modifications to older equipment trying to make them better an to an extend they have succeeded to a certain extend but they just like North Korea are pretty much exhausted any further useful modifications. They now really need to buy equipment from Russia or any other country willing to supply them but with current embargo's and sanctions this doesn't seem likely. Cuban have produced there own sniper rifles such as the Mambi 14.5mm anti material rifle and Alejandro 7.62mm made by Union de Industrias Militares who also repair aircraft, armoured vehicles, and radars. Some modifications include the following:
    BTR-60 armed with ZSU-23-2
    BTR-60 armed with twin 37mm M1939 (61-K)
    BTR-60 armed with BMP-1 turret
    BTR-60 armed with T-55/54 turret 100mm gun.
    BRDM-2 armed with 120-PM-43 mortar
    SA-2 mounted on T-55/54 chassis
    SA-3 mounted on T-55/54 chassis
    M-46 130mm artillery mounted on 6x6 Kraz truck or T-34 chassis.
    D-30 122mm mounted on BMP-1 chassis.
    D-1 152 mm howitzer M1943 mounted on 6x6 truck.

    to name a few i think they haven't done too bad considering the sanctions it makes sense to put SA-2 and SA-3 on a mobile chassis, as well as artillery guns to make them self propelled. I think the BRDM-2 with the 120mm mortar is also a good idea. As for the BTR-60 modifications i think anti aircraft guns is a good idea but are more suited for ground support. The BMP-1 turret on BTR-60 is a really good idea giving the BTR-60 some good fire power, but the adding the T-55 turret to the BTR-60 i have mixed feelings on this due the sheer weight of the turret, yes fire power for a wheeled APC is good (100mm gun) but with the added weight just how well does the vehicle operate in terms of speed, maybe they have uprated the engine i don't know. They also operate an anti tank BTR-60 armed with AT-3 sagger. Add to this they have P-15/styx mounted on 6x6 trucks, another good idea.
    But as a whole the Cuban military is very aged and needs urgent modernisation. Mig-29M2, Yak-130, Mi-35, BM-30, BMP-3, T-72B3M, BTR-82A,
    GAZ Tigr, S-300VM, TOR-M2, BUK-M2, Pantsir-S1, SA-24, Bastion-P anti shipping, and some modern ATGW, should do the trick.

    below is a list of equipment including modified equipment including pictures.
    It would be nice for any input what so ever.


    7.62 sniper rifle


    14.5mm anti material rifle


    Self propelled SA-2 on T-55/54 chassis.


    self propelled SA-3 on T-55/54 chassis


    self propelled M-46 130mm artillery 6x6 Kraz truck.


    self propelled Styx/P-15 anti ship missile


    self propelled M-46 130mm on T-34 chassis


    self propelled D-30 122mm on BMP-1 chassis.


    BTR-60 with BMP-1 turret.


    BTR-60 armed with ZSU-23-2


    BTR-60 armed with twin 37mm M1939 (61-K)


    self propelled 120-PM-43 mortar on BRDM-2 chassis


    BTR-60 with modified T-55 turret 100mm gun.


    self propelled 152 mm howitzer M1943 (D-1) on 6x6 truck.

    Other interesting pictures.



































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    New models of modernized armored vehicles were presented to the Chairman of the State Council of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz

    Post  George1 on Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:32 am

    New models of modernized armored vehicles were presented to the Chairman of the State Council of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz in the shops of the military industrial company Emilio Barsenas. In particular, Raul Castro inspected the wheeled tank "BTR-115" on the chassis of the BTR-60. As a basis for the complex of weapons of the new machine, a modified tower of the T-62 medium tank was chosen.



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    Re: Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces

    Post  d_taddei2 on Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:56 pm

    George1 wrote:New models of modernized armored vehicles were presented to the Chairman of the State Council of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz in the shops of the military industrial company Emilio Barsenas. In particular, Raul Castro inspected the wheeled tank "BTR-115" on the chassis of the BTR-60. As a basis for the complex of weapons of the new machine, a modified tower of the T-62 medium tank was chosen.



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    nice but its not really anything special they did the same with T-55 turret but I am concerned at the added weight and how the engine will cope with it. There was a Russian protoype made ,many many years ago using 85mm gun. And yet the concept died off its making a bit of a comeback as i would think bumerang might have 125mm gun turret version.
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    Re: Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces

    Post  George1 on Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:49 pm

    A new “signals intelligence” facility appearing in satellite imagery of Bejucal, Cuba, over recent months is capable of signal interception, ballistic missile monitoring and tracking objects in outer space, but analysts are puzzled about who provided the financing to build the facility.

    Possibly the Chinese are behind this radar facility?





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    https://russia-insider.com/en/politics/what-nation-just-built-giant-radar-dome-cuba-can-spy-usaf-bases-across-half-american

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