AFV News from around the Net

Here are a handful of articles from the world wide web related to armored vehicles.  Click on the headline to read the full piece.

 

Heraldnet.com – American-made M48 ‘Patton’ tank back home from Jordan

web1_flightpathspattontankm-edh-170118-1200x675The Flying Heritage Collection’s new M48A1 Patton tank has taken the long way around to its final destination.  The tank was built in the United States and then sold to the Kingdom of Jordan in Western Asia. Jordan, an ally of the US, UK, and France, received 197 M48 and 200 M48A1 tanks beginning in the mid-1960s.  Many Jordanian tanks saw combat during the Six Day War with Israel in 1967. It is unknown where this particular tank was assigned at the time. When newer tanks like the M60 became available, Jordan retired many of its M48s. This tank was a gift to the Flying Heritage Collection from the Royal Tank Museum in Aqaba, Jordan.

 

The Diplomat – Cold Start: India to Deploy Massive Tank Army Along Border With Pakistan

thediplomat_2017-01-19_21-30-12-386x257The Indian Army is set to deploy over 460 new T-90SM main battle tanks (MBTs) along India’s border with Pakistan, senior Indian defense officials told IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly on January 19.  The new T-90SM MBT (other designations T-90AM or T-90MS) is the latest and most modern version of the T-90 (which in turn is a modernized variant of the T-72 MBT), and has specifically been designed for export by Russia.  According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, the newly ordered MBTs will supplement 850-900 license-built T-90S Bhishma tanks, divided into 18 regiments, and currently deployed in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Punjab.

 

The Telegraph – Army tests sending tanks through Channel Tunnel in case of Eastern Europe crisis

c2arj3wuaaexzr0-large_trans_nvbqzqnjv4bqsx7ldi76td85-fiyf7f892-src00rtqj67pz4zv9bbgThe Army has sent a tank and armoured vehicles through the Channel Tunnel for the first time as it looks at ways to dispatch heavy armour quickly to eastern Europe in the event of a crisis with Russia.  Five armoured vehicles loaded on wagons were sent through to France soon after midnight on Wednesday as part of the logistics exercise. They completed the 40 minute return journey a few hours later.  The drill came as the Army looks for new ways to deploy armour from the UK once it closes its bases in Germany. When the bases are closed at the end of the decade, the Army will have to deploy armoured vehicles from the UK if they are needed by Nato’s rapid reaction force to bolster defences in eastern Europe.

 

IHS Jane’s 360 – Turkey’s Altay MBT project hit by engine technology transfer issues

1684899_-_mainTurkey’s plans to build its Altay main battle tank (MBT) have hit a snag after Tümosan, the planned engine provider, cancelled a key technical support contract with Austria’s AVL List GmbH.  The cancellation comes after Austria’s parliament unanimously adopted a non-binding motion that imposed an arms embargo against Turkey in November 2016. As a result conditions were placed on the transfer of technology to Turkey. Austria made the move in response to Turkey’s increasing violation of human rights since the failed military coup attempt in July 2016.

 

TASS – Russia’s new active protection system to shield T-72, T-90 tanks from US TOW missiles

1158962MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. Russia’s new active protection system Arena-M for T-72 and T-90 tanks is capable of protecting armored vehicles from US Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided (TOW) missiles, Chief Designer of the Machine-Building Design Bureau Valery Kashin told TASS.  “According to the information we have on these missiles, the Arena-M will undoubtedly be able to protect a tank from a TOW,” the chief designer said.

 

Video: World of Tanks – Karl-Gerät Mortar

World of Tanks have certainly been busy posting videos the last few days!  Here is another one on the German World War II Karl-Gerät mortar.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: M4A1 Sherman Part 1

The latest episode of “Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch” takes a look at the M4A1 tank. In this first part, Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran will talk about the exterior features of the famous Sherman tank and it’s Continental Motors radial engine.

Video: World of Tanks – Tiger 131 in 360

Wargaming Europe presents this video featuring World of Tanks Richard “The Challenger” Cutland giving a quick tour of Tiger 131.  This video is a special format that allows the viewer to move the camera around, a rather handy feature for looking around the interior of the vehicle.

Video: World of Tanks – Tsar Tank

From the youtube channel of World of Tanks comes this video on one of the strangest armored vehicles ever built, the Russian “Tsar Tank.”

Overlord’s Blog: Spank the Tank

From Overlord’s Blog comes this post recounting an action from 1942 by some Royal Engineers versus Axis tanks in North Africa.

mhxwzevIn late November 1942 , twenty sappers of the 1st Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers were picking their way across the Tunisian landscape. Overhead a bright moon bore down, and the peaceful night sky was frosted with stars. Their mission was to emplace mines and set up an anti-armour ambush on a road. This road led to an harbour area with a large number of Axis forces, including tanks. Once these forces were in place two companies of Para’s, covered by a section of three inch mortars and supported by some ex Vichy Senegalese infantry whom had decided to join up with the Paras, would launch a frontal assault on the Axis position. The harbour was on the slopes of a place called Gue Hill.

It was similar to an ambush launched about a week earlier. They had convinced the German forces near Béja that the Paratroop force was actually three times its size, by the simple expedient of marching through the town three times, but switching headgear each time. The Para’s had moved to Mateur where they got word of a large German convoy protected by armoured cars that had moved past. So they mined the road and when the convoy returned they attacked with Gammon bombs and small arms. This resulted in several captured German armoured cars and quite a haul of POW’s.

First World War battle tank commander’s papers published

From the Haslemere Herald comes this article about the papers of a British WWI tank commander that were recently published.

major-allen-holford-walker-c1916-courtesy-of-alan-holford-walker-c-national-army-museumTHE papers of a Somme tank commander who married his sweetheart in Farnham before fighting on the Western Front have been published for the first time by the National Army Museum.

Major Allen Holford-Walker, originally from Essex, married Joan Barrington Moody in Farnham soon after the outbreak of war in 1914.

As a tank commander on the Somme, serving with The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in honour of his mother’s Scottish heritage, he later fought in both the Battle of Flers-Courcelette and the Battle of Ancre in late 1916.

His papers, which include photos, diaries and letters, give a first-hand account of the earliest days of tank warfare, as the British struggled to make the most of their new weapon.

Read the full article at the Haslemere Herald.