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24 mars 2014 1 24 /03 /mars /2014 06:35
Indian-made Arjun Mk II main battle tank could enter in service with the Indian army in 2016


24.03.2014 Pacific Sentinel


The Arjun MK II main battle tank for the Indian Army may get delayed further than its pre-fixed 2016 induction date. A key source in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said, the Israelis who customised the LAHAT Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) for firing from the 120 mm main gun of the Mark II variant, has gone back to the drawing boards for correcting the error.


The DRDO source said, ‘This has delayed the induction of the tank a bit, but then we are telling the army that since the platform, the tank, is ready they can take it up, with the missile getting mated later.’


The tank itself has undergone about 89 major and minor ‘improvements,’ and still have a few unsolved issues which are decidedly ‘minor’ like changing the position of a light bulb or so.


The range of the LAHAT missile pay-load is about three-and-a-half kilometres on the plains and about two-and-a-half kilometres in the deserts.


Read the full story at ArmyRecognition

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4 mars 2014 2 04 /03 /mars /2014 17:20
Camel Standoff


3/4/2014 Strategy Page


A U.S. Army M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, Company C, 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division stares off a camel during a bilateral exercise in the US Central Command area of responsibility, Feb. 19, 2014. The week-long military-to-military exercise fostered partnership and interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 2nd ABCT PAO, 4th Inf. Div.)

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29 novembre 2013 5 29 /11 /novembre /2013 08:50
photo Guillaume Belan (FOB)

photo Guillaume Belan (FOB)


28 November 2013 army-technology.com


Since the Cold War main battle tanks (MBTs) have evolved from being simple and light to heavy, modernised and highly mobile, with advancements in weaponry and countermeasures. Army-technology.com lists the top 10 main battle tanks in the world based on weaponry, mobility and protection.


Leopard 2A7+, Germany


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

The Leopard 2A7+ is a next generation main battle tank (MBT) revealed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) in 2010. The new version leverages the technology of the Leopard 2 MBT and has been adopted by the Bundeswehr (German Army) to conduct warfare in urban areas, as well as traditional military missions. The 2A7+ is also presently deployed in Afghanistan by Canada under Nato command.

The Leopard 2A7+ is armed with 120mm L55 smooth bore gun capable of firing standard Nato ammunition and new programmable 120mm HE-rounds. The tank integrates an FLW 200 remotely controlled light weapon station mounting a 7.62mm/ 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm grenade launcher.

The passive armour modules attached to the tank offer all-round protection from anti-tank missiles, mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and RPG fire. The smoke grenade launchers on either side of turret conceal the tank from enemy observation. The MBT can be fitted with additional attachments, such as a mine plough, mine roller or a dozer blade for clearing mines and obstacles. This highly mobile tank has a maximum speed of 72km/h and cruising range of 450km.


Abrams M1A2, United States of America


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

The Abrams M1A2 is a combat proven main battle tank developed by General Dynamics Land Systems, primarily for the US Army. The tank was designed based on the experience gained from the performance of M1A1 and incorporates new technologies to deliver superior firepower and mobility, making it one of the best battle tanks in the world.

The main gun of the tank is a manually loaded 120mm XM256 smooth bore cannon which can fire a range of Nato ammunition against armoured vehicles, infantry and low-flying aircraft. The tank is also armed with two 7.62mm M240 machine guns and a .50 cal M2 machine gun and can store 42 rounds of 120mm, 11,400 rounds of 7.62mm, 900 rounds of 50 calibre ammunition, 32 screening grenades and 210 rounds of 5.56mm ammo.

The Abrams M1A2 integrates heavy exterior composite armour and steel-encased depleted uranium armour at forward hull and turret to offer high level of protection to its crew. The tank has a cruising range of 426km and can travel at maximum speed of 67.5km/h.


Challenger 2, United Kingdom


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

Challenger 2 (CR2) is the main battle tank of the British Army and the Royal Army of Oman. The MBT was designed and manufactured by British Vickers Defence Systems (now BAE Systems) based on the Challenger 1 tank. Promoted as the world's most reliable main battle tank by its producers, the capabilities of Challenger 2 were proven during combat missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.

The 120mm L30 CHARM (CHallenger main ARMament) gun of the Challenger 2 provides primary fire power, while a C-axial 7.62mm chain gun and a turret mounted 7.62mm machine gun serve as secondary weapons. The tank can carry 50 Armour Piercing, Fin Stabilised, Discarding Sabot (APFSDS), high-explosive squash heads (HESH) and Soke rounds, as well as 4,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

The second generation Chobham armour of the Challenger 2 offers a high-level of protection against direct fire weapons. The Perkins-Condor CV12 engine of the tank ensures a maximum on-road speed of 59km/h and off-road speed of 40km/h.


K2 Black Panther, South Korea


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

The K2 Black Panther (Korean New Main Battle Tank) is a modern MBT developed by Hyundai Rotem for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). The MBT is intended to offer high mobility, fire power and self-protection. The Black Panther is currently under production, with service entry scheduled for 2014.

The K2 Black Panther's primary weapon is a 120mm smoothbore gun, which can fire advanced kinetic energy ammunition and is equipped with autoloader for on the go ammunition loading, even in rough terrain. The secondary armament includes 7.62mm and 12.7mm machine guns.

The maximum speed of 70km/h and range of 450km make the K2 highly mobile in the battlefield. The tank incorporates composite armour and explosive reactive armour (ERA) for all-round protection against direct fire. The ammunition rack also employs blow-off panels to protect against explosions.


Merkava Mk.4, Israel


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

The Merkava Mark IV is the latest version of the Merkava range of main battle tanks built by MANTAK (Merkava Tank Office). The tank entered into service with the Israel Defence Forces in 2004 and is regarded as one of the best protected tanks in the world.

The Mk.4 is armed with a 120mm MG253 smoothbore gun capable of firing high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) and sabot rounds, as well as LAHAT anti-tank guided missiles. The 7.62mm coaxial and 12.7mm swivel-mounted machine guns and 60mm grenade launcher complement the fire power of the tank.

The Merkava Mk.4 is fitted with special spaced armour, sprung armour side skirts, an Elbit laser warning system and IMI in-built smoke-screen grenades. The Trophy active protection system aboard the tank protects the crew against advanced anti-tank missiles. The tank moves at a maximum speed of 64km/h.


Type 10 (TK-X), Japan


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

Type 10 (TK-X) is an advanced fourth-generation main battle tank built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF). The tank entered into service with the JGSDF in 2012 and claims outstanding mobility.

The Type 10 MBT's fire power is complemented by a 120mm smooth-bore gun, a 12.7mm heavy machine gun and Type 74 7.62mm cannon. The sophisticated C4I system ensures interoperability with the infantry troops during integrated combat missions.

The tank's hull is attached with modular ceramic composite armour offering protection against rocket propelled grenade (RPG) rounds, HEAT projectiles and anti-tank missiles. The add-on modules can be easily removed and installed to alter the protection levels. The 1,200hp water-cooled diesel engine provides a maximum speed of 70km/h.


Leclerc, France


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

The Leclerc is a French main battle tank developed by GIAT Industries (now Nexter Systems) for the French Army and is also currently in service with the UAE Army. The first Leclerc tank was handed over to the DGA (French Procurement Agency) in January 1992.

Leclerc is a third-generation tank armed with a Nato standard CN120-26 120mm smooth bore gun, a coaxial 12.7mm machine gun and a roof-mounted 7.62mm machine gun. The tank can carry 40 rounds of 120mm ammunition and more than 950 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition.

The advanced modular armour made of steel, ceramics and Kevlar offers all-round crew protection, which can be raised to protect against IEDs, mines and RPGs. The Galix self-protection system fitted to the tank further increases its survivability. The tank has a maximum speed of 72km/h and can strike targets at a speed of 50km/h on any terrain.


T-90MS, Russia


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

The T-90MS, a modernised version of the T-90 main battle tank built by Uralvagonzavod, was unveiled for the first time at Russian Expo Arms in September 2011. The T-90MS has been extensively modernised to deliver enhance combat performance in present warfare scenarios.

The 125mm 2A46M-5 gun of the tank fires different types of ammunition with high accuracy. The tank is also armed with a 6P7K 7.62mm antiaircraft machine gun on a remotely controlled weapon station.

The modular ERA panels mounted on rear and side of the tank offer protection against small weapons and shell splinters. The forward hull and turret can be fitted with RELIKT reactive armour for protection against anti-tank missiles. The T-90MS also features an optoelectronic screening system and electromagnetic protection system. A V-92S2F engine with rated power of 1,130hp provides maximum speed of 60km/h to the tank.


Oplot-M (Modernized) / BM Oplot, Ukraine


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

Oplot-M (Modernised) or BM Oplot is an advanced version of the T-84 Oplot main battle tank manufactured by Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building. The advanced MBT is operated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Royal Thai Army.

The Oplot-M's main gun is a KBA-3 125mm cannon with an auto-loading system, which can fire HE-FRAG (high-explosive fragmentation), APFSDS and HEAT rounds, as well as guided missiles. The secondary armament constitutes a KT-7.62 (PKT) 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a KT-12.7 remote-controlled anti-aircraft machine gun.

The multilayer armour on the Oplot-M can withstand hits of HEAT and APFSDS projectiles and the built-in anti-tandem-warhead explosive reactive armour (BATW-ERA) defends kinetic energy rounds and anti-tank grenades and missiles. The protection is further enhanced by a smoke generator and Varta optronic countermeasures system. The 6?D-2 1,200hp engine ensures a maximum speed of 70km/h.


Type 99 (ZTZ-99), China


The world's top 10 main battle tanks

Type 99 (ZTZ-99) is a third generation main battle tank built by China Northern Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) for the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA). The tank entered into service with the PLA in 2001.

The fully-stabilised 125mm ZPT98 smoothbore gun equipped with auto-loader provides superior firepower to the ZTZ99, and is capable of firing APFSDS, HEAT and HE-FRAG projectiles, as well as laser-guided anti-tank missiles. The tank is also armed with a 12.7mm anti-aircraft gun and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

The tank features a steel armoured hull with the front portion and turret covered with explosive reactor armour (ERA). Survivability is further enhanced by a countermeasures system and smoke grenade launchers. The turbo-charged 1,500hp diesel engine fitted to the tank provides a maximum speed of 80km/h on road.

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19 septembre 2013 4 19 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
The First Royal Tank Regiment conducting live firing

18 September 2013 by UK MoD - Image of the Day


The First Royal Tank Regiment recently conducted live firing at Castlemartin Ranges in Pembrokeshire for the last time before amalgamation with the Second Royal Tank Regiment in August 2014. The live firing was the culmination of a challenging return-to-role training progression that sees the regiment perfectly poised for the forthcoming challenges of Exercise Prairie Storm 4 at the British Army Training Unit Suffield in Canada in October. Pictured, D Squadron conduct a systems performance check prior to beginning live fire exercises.

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18 septembre 2013 3 18 /09 /septembre /2013 17:20
Dust Buster

9/17/2013 Strategy Page


Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, ride in a M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank to their objective during Exercise Gold Eagle 2013, here, Sept. 14. The exercise is an annual, reciprocal, company-level military exchange between the Australian Army and the Marine Corps. This exchange allows the enhancement of military-to-military relations and combat skills. Photo by Sgt. Sarah Fiocco

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6 septembre 2013 5 06 /09 /septembre /2013 07:35
photo Ajai Shukla

photo Ajai Shukla

05/09/2013 by Paul Fiddian - Armed Forces International's Lead Reporter


India's Arjun Mk2 Main Battle Tank performance assessment trials are now concluding, paving the way for the design to soon enter Indian Army service, providing a large order is forthcoming.


Based on the Arjun MBT, the Mk2 variant of India's almost 40-year-old tank design boasts several new features. Modifications to its firing system have reduced its overall weight from 64 tonnes to around 55 tonnes, while it also has an improved missile-firing capability, new navigation and power generation systems and anti-tank mine detection lasers.


Listing the differences between the Arjun and its successor, Indian officials have previously managed to come up with some 90 new enhancements integrated into the upgraded model.


Arjun Mk2 MBT


Now, the Arjun Mk2 MBT is nearing the end of an extensive test programme, launched in June 2012.


In a statement on the upgraded Arjun tank trials, one defence official told the Times of India: "We are satisfied with the end product and its results, making it one of the most potent combat tanks for the army with unmatched automatic target detection and destruction, while offering maximum protection to the crew."


A representative from DRDO (the Defence Research and Development Organisation, which developed the Arjun) added: ''If the army is satisfied, the order of 500 should be placed in one go, since that would save time for various formalities and procedures of a fresh order."


Arjun Main Battle Tank


Right now, about 124 Arjun Main Battle Tanks serve with the Indian Army. The Arjun Mk2 is set to enter series production in 2014, while other tank designs in Indian Army service include the T-90S Bhishma and the T-72 Ajeya.


DRDO is tasked with developing the Indian Armed Forces' next-generation military technologies. Established in 1958, it has a workforce of 30,000 (including 7,000 military scientists) and it works in the fields of aeronautics, weaponry, naval systems, combat vehicles and much more besides.

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5 juin 2013 3 05 /06 /juin /2013 12:30
Zulfiqar (Zolfaqar) main battle tank

Zulfiqar (Zolfaqar) main battle tank

June 4, 2013 armyrecognition.com


The Iranian Army has equipped its tanks and armored vehicles with a smart system to divert incoming enemy missiles, an army commander said on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Lieutenant Commander of the Army Ground Force General Kiomars Heidari told FNA that the new generation of home-made Zolfaqar tanks has been designed and manufactured.


As regards the features of the new tank, Heidari said, "Reactive body is one of the specifications of Zolfaqar tanks."


He explained that reactive body is part of the tank's body which is smart and is capable of defusing the impact of incoming enemy missiles.


"The system will be mounted on all armored vehicles of the Army Ground Force," Heidari announced.


Zolfaqar is a second generation of Iran's main battle tank (MBT). The test prototypes of the tank were evaluated in 1993. Six semi-industrial prototypes of the tank were produced and tested in 1997. The tank has a distinctive box-shaped, steel-welded turret of local design. Zolfaqar combat weight is reported to be 36 tons and has a 780 hp diesel engine; the tank has a 21.7 hp per ton ratio.


Zolfaqar is operated by a crew of three personnel. The automatic loader is believed to be the same one from the T-72 tank.


In February, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said that Iran's newly unveiled optimized home-made tank has higher capabilities compared with Russian T-72 main battle tanks.


"Today, Zolfaqar has outpaced T-72 tanks in some specifications after it was optimized in various aspects," Pourdastan said in a ceremony to unveil two optimized versions of home-made tanks at the time.

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