Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Stridsvagn fm/21

World of Tanks researcher Nicholas Moran takes a look at the Swedish Stridsvagn fm/21 housed at the Arsenalen Museum.

Photo of the Day: Russian invasion of Salisbury Plain

Several British tabloids have been reporting on a British Army exercise in which several Soviet built tanks were used to simulate a Russian attack on Eastern Europe. The exercise included a number of Polish T-72 tanks as well as a few other Soviet designs on loan from a private collector and the Tank Museum. These include some rather outdated T-55 tanks. The presence of these older vehicles prompted the Russian embassy in Lundon to tweet “Large-scale British exercises near Salisbury: imitation fight vs Polish-assembled T72s as a poor replacement for real stuff.”


More Indo Def 2016 videos

Last week we had posted video clips from IHS Jane’s on some of the AFVs featured at Indo Def 2016.  Here are a few more video clips featuring IHS Jane’s reporter Christopher Foss that have shown up since last week’s post. These clips look at a couple different medium tank options presented at Indo Def 2016.



AUSA Army Platforms 2016 – Panel 3 – Next Generation Combat Vehicle

For those looking for a sleep aid, allow us to suggest this video from the 2016 AUSA panel discussion on the Next Generation Combat Vehicle.  In all seriousness though, there is a good bit of information to be gleaned from this video for those interested in future US AFV development.  Be warned, there are more than a few acronyms tossed around by this panel.

Video: WoT – Turretless Swede

Wargaming Europe has released a new video on the history of the Swedish Strv-103 “S-Tank.”

AFV News from around the Net

It’s time for another installment of AFV News from around the Net.  Click on the headline to read the full article.


Globes – India eyes Israeli tank, APC systems

Rec22_11800-20161130t152152presentatives of over 20 Israeli companies involved in the development and production program for the Merkava tank and Namer armored personnel carrier today finished the first seminar ever conducted in India. Dozens of Indian companies attended the seminar. The Ministry of Defense SIBAT – Ministry of Defense International Defense Cooperation Authority sponsored the seminar, in view of the emerging needs of Indian industry in order to prepare for the large-scale procurement of armored vehicles by the Indian army expected in the coming years.


The National Interest – India Took 35 Years to Make Its First Tank (And It Was a Total Disaster)

arjunThe inability of DRDO to put its foot down and admit that it could not build the tank on time and on schedule doomed the tank. India’s state of the military art was such that a new tank would out of necessity face a prolonged development time. The more the tank project dragged on, the more the tank needed to be redesigned to incorporate new technologies. The tank was trapped for decades in a development death spiral, and the end product is correspondingly mediocre.


Chron – DriveTanks in Uvalde lets military buffs step inside real tanks, use real artillery

920x920.jpgIf you have a few grand to blow through and want to make a really, really big bang then you might want to look into DriveTanks, located at the Ox Ranch in Uvalde, Texas.  The sprawling ranch bills itself as the only place in the world to drive and shoot fully functional tanks and major artillery without having to actually enlist in the military or join some sort of militia.  DriveTanks calls itself a living military museum. Whereas other places will let you look at weapons of war behind glass or a velvet rope, DriveTanks offers a first-hand experience that you might still feel the next day.


The Columbus Telegram – Scout thanks veterans through tank project

583cb6b8426e7-imageChase Paczosa knew he wanted to thank veterans through his Eagle Scout project.  Their service and sacrifices are what allow him to participate in Boy Scouts, an organization he joined about seven years ago.  “I wanted to help the veterans, do something for the veterans,” said Paczosa, a member of Troop 212 in Columbus.  He just didn’t know exactly what that gesture would be.  Initially, the 14-year-old Columbus Middle School student had a plan to raise money for an all-terrain wheelchair that would be donated to a local veteran. The chairs, which have tracks instead of wheels, make it easier for those with physical disabilities to participate in outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.


7 WDAM – Hattiesburg man tells military history through tank preservation

12555254_gCAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) – One Hattiesburg man is helping to tell Mississippi’s military history through the history of the tank.  Glenn Husted is the collections manager at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.  He’s also an Army veteran and tank expert, who’s led conservation efforts on several historic vehicles at the museum.  His pride and joy is a one-of-a-kind tank from 1936.  It’s an M2A2 light tank that was donated to Camp Shelby in 1977.  The museum is the only place where the tank can be seen.

Photo of the Day: Canadian Sherman Tanks

This POTD is of two Canadian Sherman tanks in the Netherlands during the final year of WWII.  This is a somewhat unusual pairing in that one is a Firefly and the other is a 105mm howitzer equipped Sherman. The crews of both tanks seem to have fully committed to the idea of spare tracks as effective add-on armor.  The Firefly crew has gone so far as to attach what looks like track from a Panzer IV on their turret.  All in all, a very cool photo.

Edit: A reader named “Whelmy” has pointed out that the Canadian “dry pin” track  looks very similar to German style track and could very well be the track around the Firefly turret.  As far as we can tell, the Canadian dry pin track (CDP) was not generally used as track on Canadian Sherman tanks, but was used on Canadian vehicles based on the Grizzly (a Canadian version of the Sherman) such as the Sexton SPG.  CDP was not interchangeable with American style track since it had a narrower pitch, which required a 17 teeth drive sprocket.