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  • In drone era, tanks must adapt to last longer

    10/18/2020 12:19:48 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 30 replies ^ | Sunday, 18 October 2020 | Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd) Former Northern Army Commander
    In eastern Ladakh, India and China have deployed a considerable number of tanks in the standoff at the LAC. The heavy T-72 and T-90 tanks of India are facing the Type 15 light Chinese tanks. Both sides claim superiority. These points of view miss the larger picture, that the main threat to a tank today is not from another tank, but from the air. This is particularly true in the open, barren LAC. The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has occupied little attention in the Indian media, but it is proving to be of great interest to the military community....
  • IDF tanks found abandoned in Golan Heights

    08/28/2020 1:55:19 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 59 replies
    Families hiking on Thursday in the Golan Heights were amazed to discover IDF tanks in an open area, completely unguarded, News 12 reported. The tanks were open, and inside there was equipment, weapons, MAGs, and mortars. In a statement, the IDF responded: "This is an unusual and serious mistake. The issue will be immediately investigated by commanders, and presented to senior staff."
  • British Army could axe ageing tanks as part of modernisation plans

    08/27/2020 11:06:26 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 40 replies ^ | 25 August 2020 | bbc
    The British Army's Challenger 2 tank is already old. In 2019 the then defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, went as far as to suggest it was obsolete. She noted: "Challenger 2 has been in service without a major upgrade since 1998. "During this time the US, Germany and Denmark have completed two major upgrades, whilst Russia has fielded five new variants, with a sixth pending." Previous defence reviews have also seen tank numbers slashed from more than 500. Theoretically, the Army still has 227 Challenger 2 tanks. But in reality only about half of those are out of storage and ready...
  • Riot Police, National Guard 'Completely Abandon' Perimeter in Minneapolis, Chased Away by Protesters

    05/30/2020 3:21:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 29, 2020 | Paula Boyard
    Townhall’s Julio Rosas is on the ground in Minneapolis this week, reporting on the protests and riots. Tonight he’s reporting that the riot police and the National Guard have abandoned a perimeter they had set up earlier in the day, chased away by the rioters. For the fourth night in a row, protesters and rioters have descended on Minneapolis to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, who was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday afternoon. The city is under a curfew order, but rioters are refusing to disperse. The...
  • Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis

    05/29/2020 10:25:42 PM PDT · by Mariner · 153 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | May 29th, 2020 | JAMES LAPORTA
    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests. Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been...
  • Check Them Out: The U.S. Army's Upgraded M-1A2C Abrams Are Coming

    The U.S. Army’s newest tank in the summer of 2019 should enter service with the first large unit to use the type. The Army in late 2017 accepted the very first M-1A2C Abrams tanks. Nearly two years later the service has enough of the new vehicles to equip an entire brigade. “We’re in the throes of getting that together,” Hank Kennedy, a manager at General Dynamics’ tank plant in Lima Ohio, told Lima News. The “first brigade is critical because we need to get [them] into the soldiers’ hands so they can get trained on it and everything else,” Kennedy...
  • This Destroyer Concept Is a Tank Battalion’s Worst Nightmare

    09/06/2019 7:58:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | September 5, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    A new tank destroyer concept, built for the Polish Army, could become the most effective tank killer in any army. The unnamed vehicle is armed with up to 24 Brimstone anti-tank missiles and can unleash a salvo of tank-hunting missiles, knocking out enemy tank units it can’t actually see.
  • Vietnam shows excellent performance at Army Games 2019

    08/13/2019 11:32:53 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 8 replies
    Nhan Dan ^ | August 12, 2019
    NDO/VNA – The tank team of the Vietnam People’s Army beat Tajikistan, Myanmar and Uganda, ranking first in the semi-final round of Group 2 of the “Tank biathlon” event on August 11 at the ongoing Army Games 2019 in Russia. The Vietnamese team finished in 2 hours 39 minutes 34 seconds. With the excellent performance, Vietnam are likely to secure a berth in the final round, but still waiting the results of the remaining teams of Group 2 – Uzbekistan, Laos, Cuba and Kuwait – which will compete on August 13. The team had an impressive performance at the round...
  • Antiques Road Show: The Real State of the U.S. Military

    07/28/2019 9:40:21 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jul 27, 2019 | Thomas G. Mahnken and Roger Zakheim
    That a military display on Independence Day proved to be controversial should not be surprising, even if one discounts the partisan tone of much of the criticism. Americans tend not to favor displays of military power, except in the aftermath of successful wars: The Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the 1991 Gulf War were all followed by parades. Military displays nonetheless have the benefit of showing the American people what their investment in national defense has yielded. Contrary to President Donald Trump’s assertion that “our nation is stronger today than it ever was before,” the “Salute...
  • No tanks on the Mall: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton criticizes Trump's July 4th plan

    07/02/2019 5:24:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 115 replies
    13 News Now ^ | 7/01/19 | Lauryn Froneberger
    **SNIP** Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton issued a statement responding to the President's request saying the tanks would not be ideal for the event. “After we have worked for years with the National Park Service to refurbish the National Mall, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars, President Trump now proposes to have 60-ton battle tanks there, where they would likely do significant damage," Holmes Norton said. "These tanks, heavy equipment, and weapons of war have no place on the National Mall at all, particularly as we celebrate the Fourth of July." **SNIP** "Just as the Pentagon reminded the president...
  • Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event

    07/01/2019 10:14:58 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 90 replies ^ | 7/1/19 | Juliet Eilperin , Josh Dawsey and Dan Lamothe
    National Park Service acting director P. Daniel Smith faces plenty of looming priorities this summer, from an $11 billion backlog in maintenance needs to natural disasters like the recent wildfire damage to Big Bend Park. But in recent days, another issue has competed for Smith’s attention: how to satisfy President Trump’s request to station tanks or other armored military vehicles on the Mall for his planned Fourth of July address to the nation. The ongoing negotiations over whether to use massive military hardware, such as Abrams tanks or Bradley Fighting Vehicles , as a prop for Trump’s “Salute to America”...
  • Stalin sent Churchill a card to say sorry for WWII jibe about the quality of Britain's tanks [tr]

    06/28/2019 3:51:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2019 | George Odling
    Their alliance was vital in stopping Hitler. But the tetchy wartime relationship between Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin was frequently stretched to its limits. In November 1941, when the Soviet leader had the cheek to criticise the quality of tanks and guns sent from Britain to help Russian forces, the Prime Minister had reached the limit of his patience. Fortunately Stalin realised he had gone too far and took advantage of the fact Churchill’s 67th birthday was imminent to send a gushing ‘card’ as a conciliatory measure.
  • The U.S. Army's 'New' M-1A2C Abrams Tanks Will Enter Service Soon. Check Them Out.

    05/27/2019 11:25:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The NationaI Interest ^ | May 26, 2019 | David Axe
    The U.S. Army’s newest tank in the summer of 2019 should enter service with the first large unit to use the type. The Army in late 2017 accepted the very first M-1A2C Abrams tanks. Nearly two years later the service has enough of the new vehicles to equip an entire brigade. “We’re in the throes of getting that together,” Hank Kennedy, a manager at General Dynamics’ tank plant in Lima Ohio, told Lima News.
  • Amir on the escalation in Gaza

    05/05/2019 6:32:50 PM PDT · by firebrand · 18 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | May 5, 2019 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir's very latest on the Gaza rocket attacks. The conflict escalated after four Israelis were killed. Israel has not rushed to a ceasefire this time but is fighting back big-time. Amir expects the conflict to be over very shortly.
  • Why Russia is getting back 30 World War II tanks from Laos

    01/14/2019 11:07:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | January 14, 2019 | Brad Lendon,
    (CNN)Russia is taking back World War II-era tanks from Laos because, well, Moscow needs a star, lots of them. The Russian Defense Ministry said this week that 30 T-34 tanks had arrived in the far eastern port of Vladivostok after a 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) journey from the Southeast Asian nation. They soon will be on their way to the Moscow area. Until recently, the tanks were on active duty in the Laotian military, almost 80 years after first being introduced into the Soviet military in 1940. T-34 production continued into the Cold War, with more than 80,000 produced in all. Thousands...
  • The U.S. Army Will Pit Two Light Tank Designs Against One Another

    12/19/2018 6:33:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | December 18, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Army has chosen two of the nation’s largest defense contractors to compete for the service’s new light tank program. BAE and General Dynamics will each receive up to $376 million to develop and build 12 light tanks in fourteen months. After field testing, the Army will choose one design in 2022, building up to 504 Mobile Protected Firepower vehicles, otherwise known as light tanks. The U.S. Army has more than a dozen infantry brigades: light infantry, airborne, and air assault brigades of 2,000 to 4,000 soldiers that lack heavy equipment like the M1A2 Abrams tank and M2A3 Bradley...
  • 10 tanks that changed the history of armored warfare

    12/17/2018 7:14:12 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    We Are Mighty ^ | December 3, 2018 | Logan Nye
    10 tanks that changed the history of armored warfare The tank was introduced in World War I when Britain unveiled the then-secret weapon against German forces and were able to run these rolling fortresses right over German barbed wire and trenches, firing cannons and machine guns into German fortifications. Now, armored columns are a commander's fist, punching holes in enemy lines and then rushing through them to annihilate enemy formations.
  • The See-Through Tanks Are Coming

    08/30/2018 5:09:35 PM PDT · by tlozo · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Aug 28, 2018 56 | Kyle Mizokami
    New technology promises to give tankers an unprecedented view of the battlefield around them—without exposing them to lethal enemy fire. Camera systems, often linked to VR headsets, can provide soldiers with a real-time view of the world outside their tank, eliminating the often severely restricted view tankers are forced to fight with. Tanks are large, lethal, imposing beasts, surrounding their crews with layers of thick steel, composite, and even uranium armor. All of that protection makes it hard to see outside the tank, however, and tankers usually must rely on small vision ports to make sense of things. Seeing to...
  • Israel graduates first women tank commanders

    06/28/2018 1:15:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | June 28, 2018 | Staff
    The Israeli army on Thursday graduated the first four women from its tank commanders' school, a step toward the formation of all-female tank crews. Another six have completed training as crew members, but actual deployment of any of the women will depend on the outcome of a review by senior officers, an armoured corps commander said.
  • Iraqi Armored Brigade Ditches U.S. M1 Abrams For Russian T-90 Tanks

    06/10/2018 8:00:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 98 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 8, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    With assistance from Russia, one of Iraq’s armored brigades has swapped out its American-made M1 Abrams tanks for new T-90s. The change comes after the United States complained about M1s ending up in the hands of Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias and could be another sign that the Kremlin is looking to lure Iraqi authorities into its sphere of influence. Iraq’s Ministry of Defense announced the change on its official, Arabic-only website on June 8, 2018. According to a translation of the information by Jane’s 360, the 9th Division’s 35th Brigade took delivery of 39 T-90S tanks. The unit’s remaining Abrams went...