Tuesday, 24 November 2020

The Czech Dana-M2 SPHs are already being manufactured for Ukraine

According to the Ukrainian State Company "Ukrspetsexport" the Czech "Excalibur Army spol. s.r.o." already started producing Dana-M2 SPH for Ukraine.



Ukraine awards contract to Czech company for 26 DANA M2 howitzers. Under the contract, valued at more than $40 million, Ukraine will receive upgraded 152 mm self-propelled artillery and the DN1CZ Extended Range Round (Maximum effective range 25,500 m).

The modernized DANA M2 self-propelled gun howitzer is characterized by a higher speed in taking up and leaving the firing position, as well as excellent hard terrain crossability. DANA M2 is equipped with a powerful Fire Control System (FCS). The newly implemented automatic guiding system allows fast and fully-automatic weapon adjustment into fire position. Thanks to the new more resistant cabin and the NBC filtration system the DANA M2 provides the crew with the highest level of commfort and protection.








Monday, 23 November 2020

Estonian Defense Forces SPIKE SR ATGM capabilities demonstrated

The EDF (Estonian Defense Forces) has completed a firing of SPIKE SR (Short Range) missiles in a demonstration that took place in September.


EuroSpike’s (a European Joint Venture between Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Diehl Defence and Rheinmettal Defence) SPIKE SR it is an advanced, shoulder-launched, guided missile, designed for modern infantry warfare. SPIKE SR’s ease-of-use allows the lower echelon infantry to qualify rapidly and to sustain a high level of operation with almost no continuous training.

The SPIKE SR utlilises 3rd generation dual electro-optical (day/night) seeker technology in a versatile lightweight multi-purpose missile that can be used by the infantry or by Special Forces.

The state of the art seeker technology (day/night), including uncooled IIR, high resolution CCD as well as an optimized tracker is tailored to the needs of infantry forces in a variety of operational and environmental scenarios.

A particular advantage of the SPIKE SR include a light weight of only 10kg, operational simplicity, and an enhanced range of 2000 meters with the short time interval from power on to operational readiness, perfect for targets that are only exposed briefly.

During the demo the EDF evaluated the system’s operation and fired two SPIKE SR missiles successfully, with precise target hits.

In addition to the firing of live rounds, the EDF activated the different training means of the weapon system, including outdoor and indoor trainers. The EDF also evaluated the high level of portability of the SPIKE SR, and the highly-effective tandem HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) warheads, which allow advanced modern armor penetration, and the critical stand-off range of 2000m.



The demo was attended by several European delegations, members of the SPIKE User Club, and was preceded by brief instruction of the EDF team on the operation of the weapon.

Packed in a 98 cm long canister, SPIKE SR is highly portable, allowing infantry to easily and rapidly deploy with the weapon in any ground infantry maneuver.

In September 2019, the Estonian MoD signed a 40M Euro Framework agreement with Eurospike for the supply of SPIKE LR ATGM’s, launchers and associated maintenance and training. The contract included ICLU (Integrated Control Launch Units) launchers and live SPIKE rounds. 

Estonia is one of 35user nations of the SPIKE missile, and one of 19usersin the EU and NATO. More than 33,000 SPIKE missiles have been supplied to-date around the world, with over 5,500 SPIKE missiles fired both in training and in combat.


New Ukrainian VOG-17V and VOG-40V grenades conducted a successful test

New Ukrainian 30mm VOG-17V and 40mm VOG-40V grenades conducted a successful test. New grenades using the new VMG-MV fuses, designed by the Ukrainian Special Design Bureau «Vector-V», is for underbarrel and automatic grenade launchers (AGS-17 and GP-25).


The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is conduct tests of new Ukrainian ammunition for automatic and under-barrel grenade launchers. New VOG-17V, VOG-40V grenades were designed by Special Design Bureau «Vector-V» (Kyiv, Ukraine).

Special Design Bureau «Vector-V»is Ukrainian designer and manufacturer of 30 mm and 40 mm caliber rounds for underbarrel and automatic grenade launchers of both national and NATO standards. Special design bureau «Vector-V» produces high quality ammunition and fuses, such as: VOG-17V, VOG-40V, V40х56, V40х53, and VMG-MV fuse.






Sunday, 22 November 2020

First US-Georgian bilateral training on M2A2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun

Georgian soldiers with the 32nd Georgian Infantry Battalion arrived at the M2A2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun range near Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Oct. 22, 2020.

The first iteration of M2A2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun range was conducted with the Georgian Defense Forces and assessed prior to the Mission Rehearsal Exercise. The Mission Rehearsal Exercise is a training and assessment focused on preparing the Georgian infantry battalions to integrate and contribute to the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

















 U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Devin J. Andrews

Generations of the Soviet/Russian nuclear ballistic missiles

First generation from 1950 to 1960:
  • R-5M Theatre Ballistic Missile (NATO reporting name SS-3 Shyster and carried the GRAU index 8K51)
  • R-12 Dvina Theatre Ballistic Missile (NATO reporting name of SS-4 Sandal and carried the GRAU index 8K63)
  • R-7 Semyorka ICBM (NATO reporting name of SS-6 Sapwood and carried the GRAU index 8K71)
  • R-9 Desna ICBM (NATO reporting name of SS-8 Sasin and carried the GRAU index 8K75)
  • R-14 Chusovaya TBM (NATO reporting name of SS-5 Skean and carried the GRAU index 8K65)
  • R-16 ICBM (NATO reporting name of SS-7 Saddler and carried the GRAU index 8K64)


Second generation from 1961 to 1970:
  • R-36 ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-9 Scarp Mod 1 and 2 and carried the GRAU index 8K67)
  • R-36 Orb ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-9 Mod 3 Scarp and carried the GRAU index 8K69)
  • R-36 RGCh ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-9 Mod 4 Scarp and carried the GRAU index 8K67P)
  • RT-12 ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-13 Mod 1 Savage and carried the GRAU index 8K98)
  • RT-12P ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-13 Mod 2 Savage and carried the GRAU index 8K98P)


Third generation from 1971 to 1980:
  • R-36M ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-18 Mod.1,2,3 Satan and carried the GRAU index 15P014)
  • MR-UR-100 Sotka ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-17 Spanker Mod 1 and 2 and carried the GRAU index 15A15)
  • R-36M-UTTKh ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-18 Mod.4 Satan and carried the GRAU index 15P018)
  • MR-UR-100UTTKh Sotka ICBM (NATO reporting name SS−17 Mod 3 Spanker and carried the GRAU index 15A16)
  • Temp 2S ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-16 Sinner and carried the GRAU index 15Zh42)
  • RSD-10 Pioneer and Pioner-2 IRBM (NATO reporting name SS-20 Mod 1 and 2 Saber and carried the GRAU index 15Zh45)


Fourth generation from 1981 to 1995:
  • R-36M2 ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-18-3 Mod. 5, 6 Satan and carried the GRAU index 15P018M)
  • RT-23UTTKh Molodets ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-24-1 Scalpel and carried the GRAU index 15F444)
  • RT-23UTTKh Molodets ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-24-2 Scalpel and carried the GRAU index 15F444)
  • RT-2PM Topol ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-25 Sickle and carried the GRAU index 15Zh58)


Fifth generation from 1996 to 2015:
  • RT-2PM2 Topol-M ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-27 Sickle-B and carried the GRAU index 15Zh65)
  • RS-24 Yars ICBM (NATO reporting name SS-29 or SS-27 Mod 2 and carried the GRAU index 15P155M)

More info about US Army's Optionally Manned Tank


More details about US Army OMT (we already written about this vehicle on the link)


Friday, 20 November 2020

Profiles of Chinese Flankers

Profiles of Chinese Flankers from J-11 to J-16



The effects of various type of rounds on homogeneous armor

 Effects of bullets and artillery rounds on homogeneous armor




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Ways of the repair the damaged armor







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Pieces of tank hull with different damages
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The effects of HESH (High-Explosive Squash Head) rounds on homogeneous armor




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