I believe the myth revolves around T-72s losing their turrets instantly after being hit. These vehicles could have been burning half an hour before the ammo exploded.
Of course you also need to take into account that storing ammo in the crew compartment, whether in the turret or the hull exacerbated the problem. The last tank to have such a bad reputation was the Sherman which the Germans called Ronson. Ronson made cigarette lighters and their motto was "lights first time every time". Great motto for a lighter, bad one for a tank.
No they couldn't burn half an hour before they exploded. When the cabin is filled with molten copper it doesn't take but a couple seconds to set the ammo box ablaze.
What are you expecting? Live video feeds from Putin to each individual grunt on the ground. You might not want to hear this but not having a high band width might actually be a good thing. Sending video back to commanders in Desert Storm led to commanders in the rear playing video games and micro managing battles they really should not have. The purpose is to let commands flow down to the troops in the field and information flow up to command.
Eventually the bandwith can be expanded and the upload and download speed can be increased but while limiting as to what sort of info can be transmitted it really shouldn't effect the performance of the system as a force management system. It will make it a crap video game, but it is not supposed to be that anyway.
Desert Storm? There wasn't much bandwidth to play with back in 1991. France has already addressed the problem of too much information for the soldier by keeping the tactical maps down to platoon leaders and up. The unit leaders filter any data they want to upload to command echelons so they don't get a bunch of random nonsense. ROE really determines how much control the individual units have. Loosen it up and they are allowed to make the decisions they see as fit, make them too strict and opportunity slips through your fingers... aka Osama at Tora Bora. The idea of it is to bring situational awareness to the commanders on down to the units in the field. The more informed your decisions the better they will be.
I know a few soldiers and what that basically means is that their LAN parties will be better than yours.
Hardware won't take any new software without the source code... sorry no games.
Upgrades will likely reduce and the focus will be on new build T-90s. As Medvedev said, why waste money upgrading old stuff that costs a large fraction of the new stuff. Why upgrade T-72s when you can make T-90s?
Medvedev never said that. The government wants to modernise them and they don't really want more T-90s. They only build them because we don't have a next generation tank available. Serdyukov wants the best but modernisation is the only stopgap available. We are limited by are options as T-95 is a dud.
It will be a turret redesign with modern Russian equipment. It is well known what is in the market to put on these tanks and it won't be anything expensive.
The turret upgrade you are talking about is the T-90AK I think and is for export.
The Burlak is for new build T-90s for the Russian Army. It is to be finalised at the end of this year, that is why only 60 something T-90s were ordered this year. Next year or the year after order numbers will increase for the finalised upgrade of the T-90. Or that is what they are planning.
The turret we are talking about is Burlak and it was for upgrading old T-72/80/90. If you haven't been keeping up with this thread it is cancelled.
90% of electronic devices work fine on 90nm technology. It is that 10% that requires high processing power that requires better and that can be delivered with parallel processing. Look at personal computers... they are not getting faster, about 4 GHz is the limit. They are going to multicore processors.
The reality is that a serious issue with personal computers is bottlenecks. Just putting on faster CPUs will not make the computer faster by the same amount. Sometimes distributed processing is a much better solution.
An example is an aircraft. You could put the latest multicore chip to manage all the functions on an aircraft, or you could use 100 486 processors in a network.
One system will have a huge bottleneck sending information to and from the single processor chip while the other system will have much more slow processors that are used more because they are not doing everything but are not two controller chips away from the hardware.
You talking about PC bottlenecks yet you left out RAM. Not going to waste time networking more processors.
That is kinda harsh. I would suggest you lost a lot of those engineers to higher paying jobs in the west simply because there was no paying work in Russia... perhaps the real solution would be to start buying what there is and they can use that money to improve. Your experience with what you buy can be used to direct them to what needs to be improved, but if you buy nothing they have no money to improve and develop.
There is no argument our curriculum and facilities for electronics engineering are outdated, we must first fix the core of the problem before we offer more money to people unqualified for the work.
I rather doubt it is all the computer chips making up the 36kgs weight.
I suspect it would have more to do with battery weight and possibly body armour weight too.
The difference in weight of a GPS receiver chip the size of your little finger nail and one the size of the palm of your hand would be very little, maybe a few grammes.
36kg is the current weight of kit, there are no computer chips in that. I'm talking about the addition of. The better the die technology the less power required to run means smaller batteries and smaller gear.
In the picture thread Seph has posted a photo of the Shakhin thermal weapon sight to be issued to the VDV. It is Russian made and will hopefully be mass produced in the future.
You mean the Shaheen...
They have been showing this off at DefExpos for the last 4 years.
Certainly would improve night fighting capability from nothing, but you aren't going to be running through the woods with your scope to your face all night. I'm talking about basic night vision goggles. Something that needs to be distributed to all infantry soldiers, not IR scopes only a few select units are going to receive. Once we all get night vision, then we can worry about thermal scopes. This thing is only going to end up in special purpose units just like our best assault rifle. Too expensive to manufacture is always the excuse.
It is supposed to be the new production standard Russian service T-90. It might be applied in upgrades to some older vehicles but mainly for compatibility reasons.
Upgrading older vehicles (for Russian use) is going to decline and new tanks will become the focus.
See the kommersant link above... no Burlak.
Buying from Russia invests Russian money in Russia. Buying Russia gear is also investing in Russian R&D. It is also providing employment in Russia. It is upgrading factories. I agree where the gap is enormous like with Thermal sights that it makes sense to do what Russia did with Thales, with Catherine, Metis, and Damocles pods. Now however Russian companies are catching up with regard to thermal sights, at least at the prototype level if not production but that requires hard real orders.
Would have said the same thing about the auto industry. It isn't any harder to make a modern car but we failed to do that. Now we can thank France for saving 180,000 jobs at AvtoVaz. The same will happen throughout our ailing defence enterprises... they already save a thousand jobs at Ural Optics. They will also save tens of thousand jobs at Shipbuilding JSC if we get license for Mistral. In the long run it may save hundreds of thousands. There is method to this madness, it is all about jobs. If we don't manufacture modern products NOW these companies will go out of business tomorrow. We don't have 10 years to never waiting on products that are obsolete 15 years before they hit the shelf. We really have no choice. As far as catching up to their thermals, Sheheen is nowhere near their thermals. It is second generation, French are on third and developing 4th. FAMAS infrared has twice the range and 6X the battery life.