Forgotten Weapons: Carl Gustav m/42: A 20mm Recoilless Antitank Rifle

Here is an interesting video from the Forgotten Weapons series looking at the Carl Gustav m/42 20mm recoilless AT rifle.

Photo of the Day: Marder III for Sale

In case you happen to need your own Marder III tank destroyer, there is one that will be going up on auction later next month.  Auctions has a number of military vehicles posted for sale next month from the WWII Victory Museum in Auburn IN.  We are unsure as to how genuine this Marder III actually is.  At least one reliable source has said it is based on a Swedish chassis.  The description notes that it is missing an engine and transmission.

marder III

Below the Turret Ring blog on US armor modernization plans

The Blog Below the turret Ring has made a new post looking at US armor modernization plans.  As with their other posts, this is a well written and substantive piece.  Certainly worth a look for those looking for a summary of current US armor plans.  Click on the headline below to go to the full piece.

Below the Turret Ring – US armor modernization plans

2cwCDYzThe armed forces of the United States of America are running a number of projects to modernize the land vehicle and amphibious vehicles during the next few years. The Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), based on a modified Bradley chassis, will replace the obsolete M113 (not called Gavin) in the Army’s inventory. The AMPV features enhanced protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a total of 2,907 AMPVs will replace the M113-based vehicles as general-purpose vehicles, mission command vehicles, mortar carriers, medical evacuation and medical treatment vehicles in the US Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCTs). On the long run a further 1,922 AMPVs might be procured, if the M113 should be replaced at brigade level (and lower) on a one-to-one basis by the AMPV.

In general both Army and USMC are interested in upgrading or replacing the existing medium weight personnel carriers (both APCs and IFVs) in the near future. The Army is working on improving the M2 Bradley and the Stryker, developing ECPs (engineering change proposals) and prototypes for future enhancements. The Marines meanwhile are working on a survivability upgrade of the tracked Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV), which is being developed by …..

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AFV News from around the Web

Another installment of AFV news from around the web.  Click in the headline to go to the full article.


Defense News – Indian Army’s tank modification proposals could delay induction by 7 years

374926-arjunNEW DELHI — The Indian Army is seeking major structural and design changes in the homegrown Arjun Mk-2, but the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organization says the “changes” could take up to seven years, causing a delay in the induction schedule.   The service wants DRDO to redesign the hull, the turret structures and use newer material to reduce the tank’s weight. The Arjun Mk-2 currently weighs about 68.6 tons, compared to the 62-ton Arjun Mk-1 tank currently in operation with the Army. The Mk-2 version’s weight makes it inappropriate for operations in the semi-developed sector of the western front bordering Pakistan where tank battles would take place, according to an Indian Army official.


Defense News – Rostec to swallow Russia’s premier battletank maker

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMOSCOW — Russia’s largest state-owned defense industry holding, Rostec, is set to become even larger. The company has announced plans to take ownership over UralVagonZavod, a subsidiary of the Tractor Plants Concern specializing in military vehicles like tanks and other armored platforms, according to a statement provided to Defense News.  Rostec is an umbrella corporation founded in 2007 to begin consolidating and reforming disparate elements of the Russian defense and high-technology base. It is run by Sergey Chemezov, who is reportedly a close friend of President Vladimir Putin. Under Chemezov’s charge, Rostec has taken about two-thirds of Russia’s defense industry under its wing.


Business Insider – The US Army wants dummy Russian tanks so it can practice blowing them away

t-72-tankThe US Army just put out an invitation for bids on building a modification for Humvees to make them look like Russian T-72 tanks.  The invitation for bids states that the mods will help the Army simulate realistic battle scenarios in training. The solicitation also mentions MILES/TESS quite a few times, suggesting the fake tanks will be likely used for Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System/Tactical Engagement Simulation System — the military’s version of laser tag.


Marine Times – Marine makes history as Corps’ first female tank officer

170412-M-VU801-001In another first for the Marine Corps, 2nd Lt. Lillian Polatchek graduated at the top of her class from the Army’s Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course, making her the Corps’ first female tank officer.  “I’m just sort of looking at it as another Marine graduating from this course,” Polatchek described her accomplishment in a Defense Department video. She will now serve with the 2 nd Tank Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  Polatchek’s graduating class contained 67 students, five of whom were Marines, a Defense Department news story says.

IHS Jane’s 360 – Poland relocates Leopard 2A5 tanks to the east

p1693076The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) has decided to relocate two of its newest tank battalions from the country’s western border to strengthen units stationed in the east.  The Leopard 2A5 MBTs of the 34th Armoured Cavalry Brigade (part of the 11th Armoured Cavalry Division) based in Zagan have been moved to the 1st Tank Brigade (part of the 16th Mechanised Division) based in Wesola: a city close to Poland’s capital, Warsaw. While the first tanks began arriving at the beginning of April, the training of drivers, gunners, and commanders has been under way in Wesola since January.


IHS Jane’s 360 – Australia receives six more HERCULES armoured recovery vehicles

Australia has received six additional BAE Systems M88A2 HERCULES armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) from the United States, bringing to 13 the number of such vehicles in service with the Australian Army (AA).  Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 20 April that the delivery of the vehicles marks an important milestone for the AA as the ARVs are “critical to ensuring the safe and effective operation” of Australia’s M1A1 Abrams main battle tank (MBT) capability.  Valued at more than AUD58 million [USD44 million], the six new HERCULES will support armoured units based in Darwin and Townsville as well as operator and maintenance training at Puckapunyal and Bandiana in Victoria, said Pyne.

Tank Chats #36 Tiger 131

David Willey, curator of the Tank Museum at Bovington takes a look at Tiger 131.

Book Alert: World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers (Elite)

Osprey Publishing has released a new entry in their “Elite” series, World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers (Elite) by Nigel Thomas and illustrated by Johnny Shumate.  This is a softcover book of 64 pages in the standard Osprey format.

Publishers Description:

In World War II Germany’s doctrine of mobile warfare dominated the battlefield. By trial and error, the Germans were the first to correctly combine the strength in tanks and in mobile infantry and artillery. This integration of mobile units, equipment, and tactics underpinned Germany’s successes in the first half of the war. As the war dragged on, the Allies sought to copy German tactics but German armies remained supreme in this type of warfare until their losses had seriously degraded their capabilities.

This study traces the development of the different types of units that came together in the Panzergrenadier branch from the interwar years through World War II. Using color photographs to display the changes in uniform, equipment, and insignia in all theaters of operations throughout the conflict, this is a complete account of Hitler’s elite armored infantry.

Inside the M60A2 “Starship”

This video showing interior and exterior shots of the M60A2 “Starship” recently appeared on youtube.  There is no narration to the video, but it may serve as a useful reference for anyone working on a model of this vehicle, or for those just curious what this unusual tank looked like on the inside.  The nickname “Starship” is said to have come from the complicated and (for the time) high tech equipment found inside the 152mm missile launcher/gun equipped turret. This particular tank is on display at the AAF Tank Museum located in Danville, VA.