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    Post  Cyrus the great on Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:07 pm

    I wish the Kurganets and the Boomerang had something like the OTO Melara 76mm with an unmanned turret bustle and used 20mm autocannons on the sides just like on the Slovakian T-72, while somehow accommodating 4 Kornet EMs as well. You could destroy any non-tank based IFV in one shot with the 76mm. The South Africans put the 76mm gun on the 28 ton Rooikat with 48 rounds inside the vehicle,  but I imagine that this could go up to 70 rounds in an unmanned turret. OTO Melara also developed a 60mm hyper-velocity gun that should be able to hold 80-90 rounds in an unmanned turret.  

    The T-14 Armata could have an IFV variant with an engine at the front and a gun just as powerful as the OTO Melara 76mm with the exact same setup as the other vehicles. This variant would surely be more survivable and better armed than the 42 ton T-15 IFV. One of the reasons that I like the Kurganets and the Boomerang so much is because they're amphibious, but if you needed heavy armour, why not use a 55 ton tank based IFV?

    What would you guys think of Kurganet and Boomerang variants fitted with 105mm guns using unmanned turret bustles with at least 32 rounds? I know the Russians wouldn't use the 105mm themselves but lets imagine that a foreign government did on Russian platforms... how effective do you think these vehicles would be?
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    Post  Cyrus the great on Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:07 am


    Ok, so the 105mm gun for vehicles like the Kurganets-25 and the Boomerang may actually be an incredibly terrible idea, but I think that the 76mm hyper velocity gun would be great, and the 60mm hyper-velocity gun being ideal. With the use of an unmanned turret bustle you could still have 7-9 personnel while using a gun that is far more powerful than anything else in use on any current IFV today.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:23 pm

    A long barrel 120mm rifled gun/mortar barrel would make a lot of sense, though targets engaged with high velocity rounds would be disappointed... but a guided 120mm shell would be effective enough against most targets.

    The ability to use 120mm mortar rounds, 122mm guided rounds and of course 120mm shells out to about 14km makes it a very potent weapon for use against a range of battlefield targets... add a 40mm grenade launcher and a 23mm 6 barrel gatling and you have an excellent fire power support vehicle for tanks and infantry. (BMPT)
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    Post  Cyrus the great on Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:00 pm

    GarryB wrote:A long barrel 120mm rifled gun/mortar barrel would make a lot of sense, though targets engaged with high velocity rounds would be disappointed... but a guided 120mm shell would be effective enough against most targets.

    The ability to use 120mm mortar rounds, 122mm guided rounds and of course 120mm shells out to about 14km makes it a very potent weapon for use against a range of battlefield targets... add a 40mm grenade launcher and a 23mm 6 barrel gatling and you have an excellent fire power support vehicle for tanks and infantry. (BMPT)

    I definitely agree that a 120mm mortar gun would be incredibly effective in a BMPT vehicle, but I would think that a hypervelocity gun would be more effective against armour while carrying 7-9 troops. A 120mm armed BMPT would serve a different role and purpose, especially if you want the rounds to be as well protected as those in the T-14 Armata.
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    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:21 pm

    Cyrus the great wrote:I wish the Kurganets and the Boomerang had something like the OTO Melara 76mm with an unmanned turret bustle and used 20mm autocannons on the sides just like on the Slovakian T-72, while somehow accommodating 4 Kornet EMs as well. You could destroy any non-tank based IFV in one shot with the 76mm. The South Africans put the 76mm gun on the 28 ton Rooikat with 48 rounds inside the vehicle,  but I imagine that this could go up to 70 rounds in an unmanned turret. OTO Melara also developed a 60mm hyper-velocity gun that should be able to hold 80-90 rounds in an unmanned turret.  

    The T-14 Armata could have an IFV variant with an engine at the front and a gun just as powerful as the OTO Melara 76mm with the exact same setup as the other vehicles. This variant would surely be more survivable and better armed than the 42 ton T-15 IFV. One of the reasons that I like the Kurganets and the Boomerang so much is because they're amphibious, but if you needed heavy armour, why not use a 55 ton tank based IFV?

    What would you guys think of Kurganet and Boomerang variants fitted with 105mm guns using unmanned turret bustles with at least 32 rounds? I know the Russians wouldn't use the 105mm themselves but lets imagine that a foreign government did on Russian platforms... how effective do you think these vehicles would be?
    A conventionally loaded 105mm or 76mm gun would be overkill against most AFVs, while being to weak anbd low ranged to destroy MBTs, so it's inferior to both autocannons(mire expensive, heavier, less ammo, lower ROF) and high calibre cannons. However if a compact automatic 76mm gun was created(OTO melara is far too large) was created to be able to be installed on a fully armored platform without making the turret's height too large, and also used telescopic ammo, the vehicle with such a gun would make a formidable BMPT having even more destructive capability and range compared to a 30-57mm armed one, it's only disadvantage:having less ammo. Such an AFV would be superior in suppression capability to anything armed with a 2A70.

    As for the 105mm, the russians already figured out how to install a 125mm gun, so why use a weaker calibre. The 105's only advantage would be some weight saving to add more armor although IDK how lighter it is compared to the 125mm.
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    Post  KomissarBojanchev on Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:24 pm

    GarryB wrote:A long barrel 120mm rifled gun/mortar barrel would make a lot of sense, though targets engaged with high velocity rounds would be disappointed... but a guided 120mm shell would be effective enough against most targets.

    The ability to use 120mm mortar rounds, 122mm guided rounds and of course 120mm shells out to about 14km makes it a very potent weapon for use against a range of battlefield targets... add a 40mm grenade launcher and a 23mm 6 barrel gatling and you have an excellent fire power support vehicle for tanks and infantry.  (BMPT)
    Why mount a weapon almost exclusively designed for indirect fire to a vehicle designed for direct confrontation. Even if the BMPT needed indirect fire capability, a heavy AGL would be enough becouse it wouldn't need such a large range. Mortars belong to to cheap light mobile disposable platforms.
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    Post  Cyrus the great on Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:59 am

    KomissarBojanchev wrote:
    Cyrus the great wrote:I wish the Kurganets and the Boomerang had something like the OTO Melara 76mm with an unmanned turret bustle and used 20mm autocannons on the sides just like on the Slovakian T-72, while somehow accommodating 4 Kornet EMs as well. You could destroy any non-tank based IFV in one shot with the 76mm. The South Africans put the 76mm gun on the 28 ton Rooikat with 48 rounds inside the vehicle,  but I imagine that this could go up to 70 rounds in an unmanned turret. OTO Melara also developed a 60mm hyper-velocity gun that should be able to hold 80-90 rounds in an unmanned turret.  

    The T-14 Armata could have an IFV variant with an engine at the front and a gun just as powerful as the OTO Melara 76mm with the exact same setup as the other vehicles. This variant would surely be more survivable and better armed than the 42 ton T-15 IFV. One of the reasons that I like the Kurganets and the Boomerang so much is because they're amphibious, but if you needed heavy armour, why not use a 55 ton tank based IFV?

    What would you guys think of Kurganet and Boomerang variants fitted with 105mm guns using unmanned turret bustles with at least 32 rounds? I know the Russians wouldn't use the 105mm themselves but lets imagine that a foreign government did on Russian platforms... how effective do you think these vehicles would be?
    A conventionally loaded 105mm or 76mm gun would be overkill against most AFVs, while being to weak anbd low ranged to destroy MBTs, so it's inferior to both autocannons(mire expensive, heavier, less ammo, lower ROF) and high calibre cannons.  However if a compact automatic 76mm gun was created(OTO melara is far too large) was created to be able to be installed on a fully armored platform without making the turret's height too large, and also used telescopic ammo, the vehicle with such a gun would make a formidable BMPT having even more destructive capability and range compared to a 30-57mm armed one, it's only disadvantage:having less ammo. Such an AFV  would be superior in suppression capability to anything armed with a 2A70.

    As for the 105mm, the russians already figured out how to install a 125mm gun, so why use a weaker calibre. The 105's only advantage would be some weight saving to add more armor although IDK how lighter it is compared to the 125mm.

    I don't think anyone would regard as reasonable and expect an IFV armed with a 76mm gun to be tasked with destroying modern tanks with its main gun, and this is precisely why I mentioned the inclusion of the latest Kornet variant [EM] as part of the weapon system; side mounted 20mm autocannons with at least 600-700 rounds would solve any perceived shortage of ammo; the Rooikat 76mm has 8 ROF; the height of the Rooikat turret roof is 2.6m, which is comparable to the Boomerang with 2.4m. The 2S25 Sprut SD greatly intrigues me because it can carry 40 rounds, but what kind of velocity does it produce?  I hope it's true, but I read somewhere that it has a velocity of 1800m/s, and I presume that if it was fitted to Kurganets-25 and Boomerang in an unmanned turret bustle with 40 rounds, you would be able to accommodate  7-9 personnel -- which would be incredible.

    In addition to an incredibly powerful main gun, 600-700 20mm rounds and Kornet EM would make these vehicles the most deadly on the battlefield. I just hope that it doesn't add too much weight that would require a reduction in protection or deprive some of these vehicles of their amphibious capabilities.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:39 pm

    I definitely agree that a 120mm mortar gun would be incredibly effective in a BMPT vehicle, but I would think that a hypervelocity gun would be more effective against armour while carrying 7-9 troops.

    Combining troop transport with heavy anti armour capability just doesn't work... the best you can hope for is ATGMs and a high velocity 57mm gun and troop transport capability.

    Of course for heavy anti armour role the 125mm gun would be the obvious but without troops.

    ) was created to be able to be installed on a fully armored platform without making the turret's height too large, and also used telescopic ammo, the vehicle with such a gun would make a formidable BMPT having even more destructive capability and range compared to a 30-57mm armed one, it's only disadvantage:having less ammo. Such an AFV would be superior in suppression capability to anything armed with a 2A70.

    The thing is that I don't think a 76mm or even a 90mm gun will be useful against a modern MBT while a 57mm gun will go the job against everything else... which kinda makes the bigger guns redundant unless they are MBT killers like 125mm or bigger.

    That leaves you will anti armour guns in either 57mm or 125mm or HE guns in the old rifled 100mm (ie BMP-3) or a heavier 120mm rifled gun... there is no point developing a high velocity 120mm when the 125mm is available.

    As for the 105mm, the russians already figured out how to install a 125mm gun, so why use a weaker calibre. The 105's only advantage would be some weight saving to add more armor although IDK how lighter it is compared to the 125mm.

    I doubt a 105mm would save much weight and the cost in developing and deploying a whole new calibre that is not better than 120mm in HE power and not better than 125mm in armour penetration would be a total waste of time and money.

    Why mount a weapon almost exclusively designed for indirect fire to a vehicle designed for direct confrontation. Even if the BMPT needed indirect fire capability, a heavy AGL would be enough becouse it wouldn't need such a large range. Mortars belong to to cheap light mobile disposable platforms.

    Armoured vehicles come across a huge variety of targets on the battlefield... the vast majority are log and sandbag reinforced positions where APFSDS rounds are useless and HE is most effective.

    there is a reason the BMP-3 has a 100mm rifled main gun and it is intended for direct fire against bunkers and trenches and light vehicles. A 120mm gun will have even better performance including guided rounds which will be most often used in the direct fire role.

    I don't think anyone would regard as reasonable and expect an IFV armed with a 76mm gun to be tasked with destroying modern tanks with its main gun, and this is precisely why I mentioned the inclusion of the latest Kornet variant [EM] as part of the weapon system; side mounted 20mm autocannons with at least 600-700 rounds would solve any perceived shortage of ammo; the Rooikat 76mm has 8 ROF; the height of the Rooikat turret roof is 2.6m, which is comparable to the Boomerang with 2.4m.

    It operates in an environment where enemy armour is likely to be T-54s at best where a 76mm gun can be useful. For boomerang even enemy IFVs will be too well armoured for a 76mm gun and will shrug off 20mm cannon shells.

    With MBT boomerangs and kurganets armed with 125mm guns and IFV Boomerangs and Kurganets armed with high velocity 57mm guns and Kornet missiles the requirements for the type of vehicle you are talking about is a little moot.

    A BMPT type fire support vehicle with a 120mm main gun plus a 40mm grenade launcher and 23mm cannon would be useful for a range of roles where 125mm rounds are not needed where most targets are light vehicles and fortifications where HE power is more use.

    The 2S25 Sprut SD greatly intrigues me because it can carry 40 rounds, but what kind of velocity does it produce? I hope it's true, but I read somewhere that it has a velocity of 1800m/s, and I presume that if it was fitted to Kurganets-25 and Boomerang in an unmanned turret bustle with 40 rounds, you would be able to accommodate 7-9 personnel -- which would be incredible.

    the gun carried by Sprut is a full pressure full power 125mm gun. It is modified to allow a longer recoil stroke to reduce recoil on the lighter vehicle but it can use the full range of full power ammo.

    I don't understand why you want an anti tank gun and troop transport capability... it is not practical.

    You don't use tanks and IFVs the same way.

    In addition to an incredibly powerful main gun, 600-700 20mm rounds and Kornet EM would make these vehicles the most deadly on the battlefield. I just hope that it doesn't add too much weight that would require a reduction in protection or deprive some of these vehicles of their amphibious capabilities.

    the MBT version will have 125mm shells and no troop capacity.

    the IFV will have a high velocity 57mm gun and Kornet and troops.

    The BMPT will have a 120mm gun, 40mm grenade launcher and 23mm cannon and no troop capacity.

    each has a different role for which its fire power and troop capacity makes it more effective in that role.
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    Post  Cyrus the great on Fri Jan 15, 2016 5:45 am




    Garry B wrote:
    It operates in an environment where enemy armour is likely to be T-54s at best where a 76mm gun can be useful. For boomerang even enemy IFVs will be too well armoured for a 76mm gun and will shrug off 20mm cannon shells.

    I agree with everything else that you've said, but I find this particular part hard to believe. Most modern IFVs are only armoured to withstand 30mm rounds, and only on the front. The K-21 can only withstand 2A42 APDS, and the Bradley and the CV90 are only protected against 30mm auto-cannons. The 60mm hypervelocity gun should easily be able to penetrate any IFV in existence.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:22 pm

    agree with everything else that you've said, but I find this particular part hard to believe. Most modern IFVs are only armoured to withstand 30mm rounds, and only on the front. The K-21 can only withstand 2A42 APDS, and the Bradley and the CV90 are only protected against 30mm auto-cannons. The 60mm hypervelocity gun should easily be able to penetrate any IFV in existence.

    Sorry, I was referring to existing 76.2mm guns like that used on the PT-76. It is relatively obsolete and certainly not capable of penetrating MBTs from the front. They might have penetrated tanks during WWII but tank armour has moved on.
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    Post  Werewolf on Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:19 am

    New ammunition is introduced for the 30x165mm autocannons in russia moving on from ZUBR-8 (APDS) to ZUBR-10/11 to AP-T/APFSDS variants along with airburst ammunition specified for SPAAG's.

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    We shall see how potent it is against current light armored threats, tests before have shown APFSDS 30mm and even 25mm can penetrate frontal armor of any current IFV below 40t.
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:42 pm

    Part of the problem with the 30mm is its relative lack of HE power...a larger calibre round... like a 45mm or 57mm has rather more shell capacity of HE and also can be made to penetrate armour kinetically more easily.

    It is cheaper to use guided shells to increase hit probability than it is to fire in bursts of several hundred rounds at a time.

    Penetration is not always enough... a semi armour piercing HE 57mm round would be devastating, where an AP 30mm round would just be dangerous requiring multiple hits for a kill.
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    Post  Werewolf on Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:56 am

    GarryB wrote:Part of the problem with the 30mm is its relative lack of HE power...a larger calibre round... like a 45mm or 57mm has rather more shell capacity of HE and also can be made to penetrate armour kinetically more easily.

    It is cheaper to use guided shells to increase hit probability than it is to fire in bursts of several hundred rounds at a time.

    Penetration is not always enough...  a semi armour piercing HE 57mm round would be devastating, where an AP 30mm round would just be dangerous requiring multiple hits for a kill.

    True, but obviously doctrine is, and that is understandable, that not all vehicles will be fitted with 57mm guns where is no need for them and such vehicles will certainly also not cover every mission but just specialized plattforms. That is rather obvious that the Panzir-S1 will still remain in its current configuration of weapons loadout aswell many APC's, BMP's and helicopters and they need a modern round that is capable to penetrate armor of all current IFV's and i highly doubt there is any APC/IFV that could withstand 30x165mm APFSDS.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:54 pm

    Actually I would say air defence is an area where the calibre change will need to come sooner rather than later and the main reason for this is unmanned aerial vehicles.

    30mm shells are to small to fit with proximity fuses and you could fire thousands of rounds at a small target and still miss at normal engagement ranges.

    With guided 57mm shells with proximity fuses a near miss or guided hit means one or two rounds per target with the HE power almost guaranteeing a lethal blow.

    The other area where 57mm would be much more effective would be against hard enemy targets... MBTs from the side and rear and all other armoured vehicles and medium and light bunkers from any direction.

    With a 57mm gun and Kornet guided missiles you can pretty much cover a range of targets... add 40mm Balkan grenade launchers out to 2.5km and coaxial mg and you can pretty much deal with most battlefield targets... 57mm for medium and light armour and unarmoured targets and aircraft, Kornet for heavy ground targets and some aerial targets too and 40mm and 7.62mm for infantry and soft targets.

    the 100mm gun of the BMP-3 hits with more HE power, but 57mm HE and APHE should be enough and more accurate with their higher velocity.

    APCs could still have a light armament of 30mm cannon, but the 57mm high velocity gun would replace the 30mm/100mm gun combination of the IFV and of course helos and other vehicles can continue to use the 30mm as it is still a very accurate and powerful weapon against many targets.
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    Post  Cyrus the great on Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:04 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    agree with everything else that you've said, but I find this particular part hard to believe. Most modern IFVs are only armoured to withstand 30mm rounds, and only on the front. The K-21 can only withstand 2A42 APDS, and the Bradley and the CV90 are only protected against 30mm auto-cannons. The 60mm hypervelocity gun should easily be able to penetrate any IFV in existence.

    Sorry, I was referring to existing 76.2mm guns like that used on the PT-76. It is relatively obsolete and certainly not capable of penetrating MBTs from the front. They might have penetrated tanks during WWII but tank armour has moved on.


    Thanks, Garry. I have a tendency to want more and more firepower and I realise that it's actually a little childish considering that the things I was pushing for were just not possible in an IFV, and so I apologise for getting carried away. It's a little comical when I think about it now, because it reminds me of the Generals in the Pentagon wars. Embarassed
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    Post  Cyrus the great on Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:28 pm

    GarryB wrote:Actually I would say air defence is an area where the calibre change will need to come sooner rather than later and the main reason for this is unmanned aerial vehicles.

    30mm shells are to small to fit with proximity fuses and you could fire thousands of rounds at a small target and still miss at normal engagement ranges.

    With guided 57mm shells with proximity fuses a near miss or guided hit means one or two rounds per target with the HE power almost guaranteeing a lethal blow.

    The other area where 57mm would be much more effective would be against hard enemy targets... MBTs from the side and rear and all other armoured vehicles and medium and light bunkers from any direction.

    With a 57mm gun and Kornet guided missiles you can pretty much cover a range of targets... add 40mm Balkan grenade launchers out to 2.5km and coaxial mg and you can pretty much deal with most battlefield targets... 57mm for medium and light armour and unarmoured targets and aircraft, Kornet for heavy ground targets and some aerial targets too and 40mm and 7.62mm for infantry and soft targets.

    the 100mm gun of the BMP-3 hits with more HE power, but 57mm HE and APHE should be enough and more accurate with their higher velocity.

    APCs could still have a light armament of 30mm cannon, but the 57mm high velocity gun would replace the 30mm/100mm gun combination of the IFV and of course helos and other vehicles can continue to use the 30mm as it is still a very accurate and powerful weapon against many targets.


    All those weapons would require a good turret design that has plenty of space. It would presumably also require space for the  Afghanit APS.  I liked how some of the initial renderings of the T-14 Armata had autocannons on the side. Would it be possible to have 20mm autocannons on the side while still accommodating Kornet missiles for the Kurganets-25, T-15 Armata and the Boomerang?
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    Post  Book. on Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:22 am

    Cyrus the great wrote:All those weapons would require a good turret design that has plenty of space. It would presumably also require space for the  Afghanit APS.  I liked how some of the initial renderings of the T-14 Armata had autocannons on the side. Would it be possible to have 20mm autocannons on the side while still accommodating Kornet missiles for the Kurganets-25, T-15 Armata and the Boomerang?

    Good idea 23mm duel HE

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    Post  KiloGolf on Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:38 am

    GarryB wrote:Actually I would say air defence is an area where the calibre change will need to come sooner rather than later and the main reason for this is unmanned aerial vehicles.

    30mm shells are to small to fit with proximity fuses and you could fire thousands of rounds at a small target and still miss at normal engagement ranges.

    With guided 57mm shells with proximity fuses a near miss or guided hit means one or two rounds per target with the HE power almost guaranteeing a lethal blow.

    The question is whether adding such an ability on an IFV makes any sense. If the IFV wants to hit a moving or stationary target with such precision and speed it might as well employ its ATGM, especially when falling back, covering a retreat. If it doesn't have one (e.g. CV90) then it should get one. It's main job is still to carry and dismount the troops safely, support them as they advance or retreat (hit emplacements, pillboxes, light skinned stuff) and coordinate with other assets. I'm talking about proper mechanised or armored units, not glorified motorised "battle groups".

    Meantime the unit's MBTs are nearby and ahead for the heavier tasks. To expect anything more from an IFV is unrealistic, even though I get that moving on to >30mm with better ammo is a must. But something similar to 40mm Bofors or 35mm/50 Bushmaster should be fine. Also air defence even vs. UAVs.. well dismounted folk with MANPADS, mounted 50cals all over and organic SHORADS within the brigade or regiment (for the gucci formations) can fix that. Ex WP nations have even ZU-23 and Shilkas for that job. I know Russia has Tunguska too.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:55 pm

    It's a little comical when I think about it now, because it reminds me of the Generals in the Pentagon wars.

    Yes... lots of internet warriors want NATO to have a 160mm tank gun because Russia has developed a 152mm weapon... the thing is that you don't develop new guns to match the gun size of the other side, you match them to the armour of the other side.

    Would it be possible to have 20mm autocannons on the side while still accommodating Kornet missiles for the Kurganets-25, T-15 Armata and the Boomerang?

    20mm is not a common Russian cannon calibre... 14.5mm HMGs performed that role and the next calibre would be 23mm up.

    The real question is... who controls it.

    The driver will be driving or be ready to drive. The gunner will be engaging targets with the main gun or coaxial MG... they might find a light cannon or grenade launcher to be useful for targets that don't warrant full calibre ammo, so such weapons would not need to traverse at all... just elevate and turn with the turret. The commander would be able to use a RWS with light weapons... say a 40mm grenade launcher and 7.62 or 12.7mm weapon for relatively close in use, but otherwise any missiles will likely be controlled by the gunner.

    [qutoe]The question is whether adding such an ability on an IFV makes any sense. If the IFV wants to hit a moving or stationary target with such precision and speed it might as well employ its ATGM, especially when falling back, covering a retreat. If it doesn't have one (e.g. CV90) then it should get one. It's main job is still to carry and dismount the troops safely, support them as they advance or retreat (hit emplacements, pillboxes, light skinned stuff) and coordinate with other assets. I'm talking about proper mechanised or armored units, not glorified motorised "battle groups".[/quote]

    Most vehicles will be limited to 8 at most ATGMs, whereas 57mm guided shells could be carried in significant numbers... these days with modern stabilised sights vechicles are better able to fire on the move... so of course they are going to try because that should make them safer... moving from cover to cover while firing on the enemy.

    A ballistics computer can compute an aim point easily but unless the target is moving smoothly and consistently that aim point will be wrong. Most targets will lurch from cover to cover where there is cover or otherwise zig zag to become a difficult target. Guided shells are the only practical solution.

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    Post  Mindstorm on Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:37 pm

    Cyrus the great wrote: I liked how some of the initial renderings of the T-14 Armata had autocannons on the side

    Early rendering of the MBT version of Armata will likely be much near to final product than product seen in march last year  Wink in particular an autocannon (30 mm ,not 20 mm, and with the entire ammo stock composed of programable air-burst rounds) with main anti-infantry and anti-PGM/UAV tasks will be likely integrated.



    KiloGolf wrote:The question is whether adding such an ability on an IFV makes any sense. If the IFV wants to hit a moving or stationary target with such precision and speed it might as well employ its ATGM, especially when falling back, covering a retreat. If it doesn't have one (e.g. CV90) then it should get one. It's main job is still to carry and dismount the troops safely, support them as they advance or retreat (hit emplacements, pillboxes, light skinned stuff) and coordinate with other assets. I'm talking about proper mechanised or armored units, not glorified motorised "battle groups".


    The change in caliber of autocannon -toward 57/45 mm- is mostly directed by today analysis and projection of future battlefields characterized by a relatively high density of UAV/UCAV and long range delivered PGM; the structural induction of that caliber of rounds (including guided ones and with special air detonation features) in conjunction with the expected introduction of ROFAR, quantum processing systems will be the short to middle term attempt (before a cost-affordable and operatively efficient breakthrough in DEW is achieved.....) to shift markedly the balance of perspective battlefields toward the integrated defensive layers of ground forces divisions.

    In substance the aim will be to force the offensive weapon designers to bend to the unavoidable need to integrate in theirs designs features capable to "defend" theirs attack elements from a enormous amount of high efficient soft and hard kill measures having a cost several orders of magnitude lower while, contextually, maintaining stand-off delivery range, precision, independent target discrimination and so on; at any extent a material, financial and technological unsustainable goal.
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    Post  KiloGolf on Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:49 am

    Mindstorm wrote:The change in caliber of autocannon -toward 57/45 mm- is mostly directed by today analysis and projection of future battlefields characterized by a relatively high density of UAV/UCAV and long range delivered PGM; the structural induction of that caliber of rounds (including guided ones and with special air detonation features) in conjunction with the expected introduction of ROFAR, quantum processing systems will be the short to middle term attempt (before a cost-affordable and operatively efficient breakthrough in DEW is achieved.....) to shift markedly the balance of perspective battlefields toward the integrated defensive layers of ground forces divisions.

    In substance the aim will be to force the offensive weapon designers to bend to the unavoidable need to integrate in theirs designs features capable to "defend" theirs attack elements from a enormous amount of high efficient soft and hard kill measures having a cost several orders of magnitude lower while, contextually, maintaining stand-off delivery range, precision, independent target discrimination and so on; at any extent a material, financial and technological unsustainable goal.

    So what you're saying is that IFVs will go the Bushmaster III (50 mm) and -IV (40 mm) way and equivalents in post-USSR space. I agree, but having said that, I cannot see how this brings the cost down. Such modern IFVs and ammo will be atrociously expensive (much as an MBT would cost in the 00s) and in the end of the day a first-see, fist-shoot MBT will clean them out easily from 4-8km (with that being their sole task), same with attack helicopters were adapting the next most modern Hellfire is the norm and can engage targets up to 8km away E.g. an AH-64D purchased in the late 90s can employ with eventual block change/upgrade the most modern Hellfire.

    So in the end a 50 mm autocannon with autocorrected projectiles that can hit a UAV at 1km afar (ca. 5000 ft) is not panacea, nor a game changer (given the price one has to pay). For me some good airbusrt projectiles like AHEAD would be fine for anti-UAV role, load a few of them and use when needed.
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    Post  Cyrus the great on Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:29 am

    Book. wrote:
    Cyrus the great wrote:All those weapons would require a good turret design that has plenty of space. It would presumably also require space for the  Afghanit APS.  I liked how some of the initial renderings of the T-14 Armata had autocannons on the side. Would it be possible to have 20mm autocannons on the side while still accommodating Kornet missiles for the Kurganets-25, T-15 Armata and the Boomerang?

    Good idea 23mm duel HE

    Kind like Taiwan Xtr 102


    That looks pretty cool, mate. It would be incredible to have 20mm to 30mm autocannon rounds to deal primarily with infantrymen but also APCs and last generation IFVs while something like the 60mm hyper-velocity gun deals with the latest IFVs. A 57mm grenade launcher would also be a nice addition to a vehicle that would open up the gates of hell on the enemy. Twisted Evil

    Garry B wrote:
    Yes... lots of internet warriors want NATO to have a 160mm tank gun because Russia has developed a 152mm weapon... the thing is that you don't develop new guns to match the gun size of the other side, you match them to the armour of the other side.

    Exactly. Having a 160mm gun won't prevent their tanks from being destroyed by the 152mm, so it would just be an incredible waste of research, money and time.

    Garry B wrote:

    20mm is not a common Russian cannon calibre... 14.5mm HMGs performed that role and the next calibre would be 23mm up.

    The real question is... who controls it.

    The driver will be driving or be ready to drive. The gunner will be engaging targets with the main gun or coaxial MG... they might find a light cannon or grenade launcher to be useful for targets that don't warrant full calibre ammo, so such weapons would not need to traverse at all... just elevate and turn with the turret. The commander would be able to use a RWS with light weapons... say a 40mm grenade launcher and 7.62 or 12.7mm weapon for relatively close in use, but otherwise any missiles will likely be controlled by the gunner.

    I mentioned the 20mm because the 23mm seems to weigh almost twice as much and would [I presume] limit ammo load by just as much. The 14.5mm might be the best choice against infantrymen and light armour, because it can make use of far more ammo while reaching out beyond 3km. Couldn't the gunner just oscillate between the main gun and the autocannons just as easily as he would be able to switch to the coaxial MG? The 57mm grenade launcher would also be nice. Being able to choose from all these powerful weapons for any given battlefield situation should be useful.


    Mindstorm wrote:Early rendering of the MBT version of Armata will likely be much near to final product than product seen in march last year   Wink in particular an autocannon (30 mm ,not 20 mm, and with the entire ammo stock composed of programable air-burst rounds) with main anti-infantry and anti-PGM/UAV tasks will be likely integrated.

    That sounds beyond amazing. I cannot wait until the final form of the T-14 Armata is unveiled. How many 30mm autocannon rounds do you think each gun on the side should be able to hold?

    Thanks everybody. cheers
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    Post  Werewolf on Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:12 am

    It is called GSh-23L or BMPT and they suffer the same problem from bad fixation of the gun barrels which start flexing.
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    Post  Cyrus the great on Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:36 am

    Werewolf wrote:It is called GSh-23L or BMPT and they suffer the same problem from bad fixation of the gun barrels which start flexing.

    So the KPV-14.5 might be the better choice. It's still a very powerful round, especially if it's only going to be used against infantry and lightly armoured vehicles, has a good range and would allow for more ammo.

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