This short video has been posted by a few different online news sources. A fun little video showing Canadian and US army engineers constructing an anti-tank obstacle in a forest in Lithuania.
Here is another collection of recent news articles involving armored fighting vehicles. One quick note about news sources. In general, we try to avoid linking to RT or Sputnik International since their articles often are rather biased. These two news entities are essentially mouthpieces for the Putin regime, and have been criticized as propaganda by many Western journalists and scholars. The inclusion of at Sputnik article in this list should not be construed as an endorsement by us of Sputnik International. Simply, we thought it was an interesting news piece and offer it to our readers with a warning to take it with a grain of salt, acknowledging the problematic nature of the news source.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype eight-wheel drive armored personnel carrier (APC) as part of a research project for a new class of modular vehicles. The project, known for now as the Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (Improved), will eventually lead to a new vehicle type to replace the Type 96 eight-wheel drive armored personnel carrier in use by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The new vehicle will feature improved protection against a variety of threats such as improvised explosive devices, versatility and room for future growth in capabilities compared to the Type 96 it is replacing. It will also be fitted with a more powerful engine and a strengthened suspension to cope with the increased weight and payloads.
Thailand’s Ministry of Defense has decided to terminate its contract with Ukraine for the purchase of several dozen T-84 Oplot main battle tanks, citing Kiev’s inability to deliver them on time, according to Thai media reports. In 2011, Thailand signed a $241 million contract with the Kharkiv-based Malyshev Factory on the delivery of 49 T-84 ‘Oplot’ (‘Stronghold’) MBTs. The tanks were meant to become the backbone of Thailand’s tank forces, replacing the army’s 1957-vintage US-made M-41s, which are set to be decommissioned. However, after being plagued by never-ending problems with the delivery of the Ukrainian tanks, the Thai Defense Ministry has apparently decided to cancel the contract.
As a commercial and potentially consumer product, one might assume it very unlikely to see the Microsoft HoloLens in the military marketplace. And that assumption would be completely wrong. One company from the Ukraine is currently working on using the mixed reality head-mounted computer for 360-degree vision inside armored tanks. If a tank crew could see the entire battlefield there are in, they would likely have a better chance of accomplishing their mission and avoiding damage. Tanks are large, enclosed, metal shells, and visibility is a serious concern since each portal that is made for vision potentially weakens the vehicle and endangers the crew within.
KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Ukraine’s state-owned defense contractor Ukroboronprom has transferred over 50 BTR-3 armored personnel carriers to the country’s armed forces. The company completed manufacturing the vehicles in 2016. The products are armed with modernized weapon systems including 30mm guns and additional missile munitions, and were transferred to Ukraine’s army and national guard. To support the production process, Ukrobornprom established a new manufacturing plant dedicated to BTR-3-related operations.
Army and Marine Corps may add a more-lethal 30mm cannon to its new JLTV to improve lethality for the emerging high-tech platform and better prepare it for large-scale, mechanized force-on-force warfare. The Army’s new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is a new fast-moving armored vehicle engineered to take bullets, drive over roadside bombs and withstand major enemy attacks; the vehicle was conceived and engineered as a high-tech, more survivable replacement for large portions of its fleet of Humvees.
Amazon is listing a January 19 release date for Tigers In Combat: Volume III: Operation, Training, Tactics by Wolfgang Schneider. This book is a follow-up to his popular volumes Tigers in Combat I and Tigers in Combat II. This is a substantial book, being a hardcover of 520 pages. For those interested in the big German cats of WWII, this is probably a must have item.
Tigers in Combat Vol 3 closes the gap between the unit histories of volumes 1 and 2 and the technical descriptions in the Jentz and Spielberger books. For the first time, efforts are described in detail of what was taken to create units and what was required to keep the Tiger tank in action regarding handling and operating the vehicle. Other chapters deal with crew training and specific tactical aspects to employ such a heavy tank under all fighting conditions. Further aspects are covered, such as the protection level of the Tiger and reasons for losses – as well as propaganda work with this famous beast. Due to the usage of more than 1,200 photos and drawings, even complex crew tasks and procedures are illustrated in a way that non-Tiger crewmen will be able to comprehend.
According to IHS Jane’s, Chinese company NORINCO has introduced a new tank destroyer intended for the expert market. The ST2 is armed with a 105mm cannon and is believed to be based on the NORINCO YW534 (Type 89) APC. For more, see the Jane’s article here.
Need to find a gift for that hard to please tank nut in your life? Ebay is listing the turret from an M3 Grant on sale for a paltry $35,000…
Here is another video from the folks over at World of Tanks. Featuring a number of Russian tank experts, this video looks at the rather unusual Soviet Object 279 heavy tank, one of which still survives on display at the Kubinka tank museum. The one odd thing in the video it them giving the gun caliber in inches. We’ve never before heard of a Soviet “5.1 inch gun” before, but we certainly have heard of a 130mm Soviet gun. Anyhow, a small quibble regarding an otherwise interesting video.
This video appeared on youtube recently and shows the host of the show, Novritsch, getting a tour of an Austrian Army Leopard 2A4 tank. The host is obviously not very familiar with tanks and his commentary is slightly annoying, although we suppose it’s intended as humorous. Regardless, there is a good bit of nice footage showing the interior of the tank that viewers may find of interest.