Vena “floating mortar” fires up to 12 rounds a minute.
The Russian Vena automated self-propelled gun is unmatched anywhere in the world, claim experts at Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport. An armored floating vehicle with a tracked chassis can engage the enemy with a squall of high-precision mortar fire.
The Vena fires both Russian and NATO standard shells and is fitted with an onboard computer making it possible to carry out super-precision fire in any weather and at time of the day or night over long distances. The unit is intended to support infantry and armor. It engages the opponent’s armored vehicles, artillery positions and infantry. The mount is armed with a 120mm gun unit. The ammunition load includes standard-type shells, mortar bombs and even Kitolov-2 guided ammunition, directed by a laser beam.
Its distinctive features are high maneuverability and strong armor which protects the crew against small arms fire and shell and mortar fragments. The Vena can negotiate steep slopes, ditches up to 2.5 m wide and water streams at a speed of up to 10 km/hr.
Comparisons with foreign models of the same class show that Russia’s Vena performs two and a half time better than its rivals.
Rusbiznews.com 12.05.2010 — Analysis Vladimir Terletsky
The Corporation "Uralvagonzavod" intends to feature the new T-95 tank at the Russian Expo Arms -2010 Exhibition. The plans can be thwarted by the RF Ministry of Defence whose representatives announced winding up R&D efforts in this field. Instead of the T-95 that had become obsolete before it saw the light, the military offer to focus on the further upgrading of the T-90 production model. Experts see such an approach, to say the least, as questionable. However, as the RusBusinessNews observer has found it out, the debates are nothing but squaring the circle, as the debts of Uralvagonzavod, in ruble terms, amount to dozens of billions and the production is hopelessly outdated.
The State Armaments Program for 2007-2015 sets out the plans for delivery of 630 upgraded tanks and 770 breakthrough tanks to the Armed Forces of Russia. The rearmament is scheduled to start in 2011. By this very time, OJSC "Ural Transport Engineering Design Bureau" (a member of OJSC "Research and Production Corporation "Uralvagonzavod") promised to bring in the fourth-generation main battle tank T-95 and an improved version of the T-90 with a new turret, gun and enhanced fire-control system.
In April 2010, it became clear that the program was going to fall short. Vladimir Popovkin, Deputy Minister of Defence, told journalists that it was decided to cease T-95 development, as over the twenty years spent on its design the tank became hopelessly outdated. The question about whether any funds will be allocated for development of a state-of the-art fighting vehicle remained unanswered. The representatives of the developer state that they have no funds for R&D.
Manufacturers have also missed the target to supply the army with upgraded tanks: the improved version of the T-90 will not be ready until late 2010. It means that at its best, Uralvagonzavod will be able to manufacture 630 tanks in six years - provided that all export contracts are cancelled. Export deliveries are unlikely to be discontinued, since there are countries that are willing to buy the Ò-90. However, manufacturing capacities are insufficient to sustain tank deliveries both to the Russian Army and to foreign customers.
The decision to wind up the "project 195" (Ò-95) came to the expert community out of the blue. Just one month before, Vladimir Goncharov, a representative of the RF Ministry of Defence, made a statement at the meeting of the Sverdlovsk Union of Defence Industries that theT-90 was a yesterday's vehicle; and not to be left empty-handed, Uralvagonzavod should without further delay go ahead with a design of a new generation tank. The impossibility to upgrade basic combat qualities of the military equipment developed in the 70s was noted by other top-rank officers of the Russian Army.
Alexander Khramchikhin, head of the Analytical Department of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis, assumes that the Ò-95 could happen to be a victim of intrigues - big-business, rather than politics. The bottom line of these back-door maneuvers, however, is totally unclear, as the T-90 has undoubtedly had its day.
Andrei Frolov, a research associate of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, suggests that General Popovkin might have meant: the T-95 project is not being shut down; it will be suspended until the development of a 1,500 hp engine and number of other components has been completed. The 1,000 hp engine used for the T-90 is obviously not powerful enough for the new tank. However, the expert thinks that even if the Deputy Minister of Defence meant exactly what he said, his statements should be perceived with great care: another general will come over, and the attitude may change.
According to A. Frolov, there is another problem: Russia is still unable to decide what kind of war it must be ready for. The expert reckons that local conflicts can be handled with the upgraded T-90; that is the reason for its stable demand in a number of Asian countries. The export potential of this tank has not been exhausted: Libya, Turkmenistan and a number of other countries show interest in it. Participation in a global modern warfare will require a fundamentally different approach to development of new weapons and equipment. The former policy - the one who has thicker armor and more powerful gun will be the winner - is no longer on the agenda. Without air defense being integrated in the battle management system, the most advanced tank turns into an easy mark for the sophisticated enemy. Therefore the industrialized countries put an emphasis on the systems that can protect fighting vehicles from homing missiles.
Russia cannot boast that it succeeded in computing and destroying detection and guidance systems of antitank weapons. Thus, it is not ready for a global warfare. However, the desire to join the ranks of highly developed countries exists - at least, to be on the world armament market. Insufficient funds for R&D, however, drive the Russian military to the bottleneck of continuous choice between preparation for a local or a global war. Lack of military strategy makes it extremely difficult to answer the question: what tank the Russian Army needs. It adds to the problems and troubled times Uralvagonzavod is going through.
The enterprise that used to manufacture up to 1,200 tanks a year in the Soviet Union times keeps living today mainly on civilian industry products. When the crisis broke out, the construction machinery manufactured at the factory encountered lack of market demand, and Russian Railways JSC set strict requirements to railcar quality. At the end of 2008, the factory delivered 284 gondola cars equipped with new trucks. In 2009, Russian Railways ordered 1.5 thousand gondola cars; however, according to the press service of Uralvagonzavod, the crises put off their purchases. Only 305 gondola cars were manufactured. The traditional rolling equipment was not selling well. Uralvagonzavod faced acute shortage of orders. In 2009, the company debt reached 66 billion rubles, making the company lose 30 million rubles a day to service the debt and accrued interest. In April 2010, as Oleg Sienko, General Director of Uralvagonzavod, states, the debt shrank to 26 billion rubles, but the problem with orders still exists - including orders for military products.
Sergei Perestoronin, head of the Rosoboronzakaz representative office in the Ural Region, said that within the first two years, Uralvagonzavod fulfilled almost all its obligations under the three-year contract for delivery of 189 tanks to the Russian Army scheduled for the 2008-2010 period. The new contract that is also most likely to be scheduled for three years has not yet been submitted to the representative office. Consequently, money has also not come, though the Russian government promised to transfer up to 80% of funds required to fulfill the state defense order in the first quarter of the year.
Andrei Frolov believes that the money, in one form or another, will come to Uralvagonzavod, and the factory will make 100-120 tanks in 2010. This quantity will not in any way change the situation in the Russian Army. Alexander Khramchikhin has no doubt that nobody is going to implement the State Armaments Program for 2007-2015; thus, it is absolutely impossible to say what kind of a state defense order Uralvagonzavod will receive.
The position of Uralvagonzavod became even fuzzier after the RF Ministry of Defence had required reducing the cost of weapons and military equipment by 15%. At the same time, steel-makers announced an overall average 20% increase in the prices for their products. Oleg Sienko told journalists that the factory would have to lay off the personnel to cut costs.
Today, the factory has to pay 8 billion rubles a year under its loan obligations; thus, implementation of investment projects has become extremely complicated. The Uralvagonzavod production facilities are totally outdated: even painting operations are done manually. At the moment, Uralvagonzavod "is grinding out" the installation of a new painting line and is replacing individual machine-tools where it is imperative. The General Director of the factory claims that the "band-aid" approach is not sufficient to remedy the situation: the entire production must be built on a new concept.
At present, the focus is shifted to projects for profound modernization and expansion of the existing metallurgical facilities. The green-field project to build facilities from the ground up is considered an option, as the poor quality casting results in sizeable expenses and lost markets for the factory. However, the problem is lack of money required for the project. The government money is slow-paced: 10 billion rubles promised by Russian Premier Vladimir Putin back in September 2009 arrived at the Uralvagonzavod account just recently.
Interestingly, but it was ill-timed financing of R&D that overextended the development of the new generation tank and made the T-95 no longer required.
Russia inflates its military with blow-up weapons.
By Steve Rosenberg BBC News, Moscow 11 October 2010
The Russian military has come up with an inventive way to deceive the enemy and save money at the same time: inflatable weapons.
They look just like real ones: they are easy to transport and quick to deploy.
You name it, the Russian army is blowing it up: from pretend tanks to entire radar stations.
The decoys are a hundred times cheaper than the real thing, which means Moscow will save a lot of money by blowing up its own weapons.
On the edge of Moscow, two men carry a black duffle bag into a field, then drop it on the ground.
When they open the bag, they take out a large sheet of plastic. It looks like a tent or a tarpaulin.
In fact, it's the Russian army's latest strategic weapon. It doesn't need ammunition - just air.
On goes the pump, in goes the air and the plastic sheet begins to rise and take shape.
A turret appears, then out pops a long plastic gun barrel. This is an inflatable Russian tank.
When the men pump up their next piece of plastic, this one expands into a S-300 rocket launcher, complete with giant truck and inflatable rockets. It is a cross between a ballistic missile and a bouncy castle.
And waiting to be blown up are inflatable MiG fighter jets - even entire Russian radar stations.
These state-of-the-art stand-ins are among the most advanced military decoys in the world.
What they lack in firepower, they make up for in flexibility: they are light and can be deployed quickly to deceive the enemy.
They are also very realistic. They are made of a special material that tricks enemy radar and thermal imaging into thinking they are real weapons.
The inflatables are stitched together at a former hot-air balloon factory.
"I'm proud to be making entire rocket-launchers and tanks for our armed forces," says Lena, who is stitching a surface-to-air missile system.
"When you finish sewing them and you watch them being filled with air, it's so satisfying."
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 28, 2010 13:40:10 GMT -5
First batch of T-64BM Bulat tanks sent to Defense Ministry.
KYIV, October 28 /UKRINFORM/. The first batch of T-64BM Bulat tanks produced by Malyshev Plant in Kharkiv has been sent to the Defense Ministry of Ukraine under the contract of 2009.
Malyshev Plant director general Oleksiy Pidhorny said the first 10 Bulat tanks has been sent on Thursday. In his words, the plant is planning to deliver the next batch of tanks for the ministry in March-April 2011. "We are to fulfill this contract by late 2011," he stressed.
The Msta-S was developed by the design bureau of the Ural Heavy Machinery plant (UZTM) as a replacement for the 152-mm Akatsia self-propelled gun with a T-80 tank chassis and the 2A65 Msta-B artillery system.
Military experts simulated a showdown between the Russian T-90 tank and the German Leopard 2A6 to verify the claims by some Russian generals that the Russian hardware was inferior to its NATO analogues. Using mathematical models to simulate a battle between the Russian and the German tank, experts concluded that in a real battle the Leopard would not stand a chance of coming within a shooting distance of T-90.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 20, 2011 15:28:13 GMT -5
Polish military vehicle to compete with Hummer?
TVP Info 20.04.2011 11:30
The A-MRV G 10. Photo: TVP Info
Boffins from the Wroclaw Technical University have designed and built a prototype military vehicle that aims to compete with the American Hummer.
The prototype vehicle, named the A-MRV G 10, weighs 12 tonnes, has 220 horse power and is capable of speeds up to 90 km/h. The vehicle also fits 10 soldiers.
So far, military forces from Scandinavian countries, as well as some Arab countries have shown interest in the vehicles, although the Polish Army has thus far not shown any intention in their eventual puchase.
The A-MRV G 10 is equipped with wheels designed to be able to deal with extreme situations, and can continue for up to 11 kilometres even if three tyres are blown.
Scientists from Wroclaw Tehcnical University devised the project as part of a public-private partnership, with funds coming from the Polish government as well as private firm which took part in the vehicle construction process. (jb)
Post by TsarSamuil on May 31, 2011 14:26:50 GMT -5
Large infographic, en.rian.ru/images/16434/00/164340050.jpg The LMV M65 Lynx is a four-wheel-drive multirole vehicle designed for accomplishing the most diverse military tasks of the Russian Armed Forces
Russia in 2015 will adopt a new main battle tank under the provisional name "Armada". ;D On this, as reported by Interfax, said Lt. Gen. Yuri Kovalenko, a former first deputy chief of avtobronetankovogo Ministry of Defense of Russia. In the future, the new tank will be the main combat unit in the Russian Army.
"Since 2015, the Armed Forces will be a new main tank, with fundamentally new tactical and technical characteristics, with a new automatic delivery of ammunition, with the division of the crew, with the removal of munitions" - told Kovalenko at a round table on MBT T-90 . In addition, the autoloader "Armada" will be 32 rounds for different purposes, and the tank will be able to fire on the move. According to Kovalenko, the car will be applied developments MBT other projects, including the Black Eagle.
Other technical details of future tanks Kovalenko did not elaborate. In October 2010, the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda wrote that Russia is developing "unified platform heavy" cipher "Armata, to replace the technically difficult and uneconomic project" Object 195 ", better known as T-95. It is assumed that "Armata" will be easier and cheaper T-95, but will inherit many of its technologies.
"Object-195" was designed as a replacement for the Russian main battle tank T-90. This MBT was the location of the crew in an isolated ward, new systems of surveillance and fire control, information management system, the active protection and new engines. Russian Defense Ministry stopped funding a project to develop the T-95 in 2010, citing the complexity and high cost of the machine.
In early April 2011 it became known that Uralvagonzavod in September show at the arms exhibition in Nizhny Tagil, an upgraded version of the T-90A - T-90AM. This machine is equipped with a new autoloader, observation devices, protection and gun. Specifications T-90AM until not fully known. The troops, he will gradually replace the T-90 from previous versions.
Katyusha multiple launch rocket system is 70 years old.
First used by the Red Army on July 14, 1941 near Orsha, the Vitebsk Region in Belarus, the Katyusha multiple launch rocket system is now 70 years old.
The Nazi army was demoralized by this rapid and unexpected rocket attack. Over 10,000 Katyusha launchers and more than 12 million missiles were manufactured between July 1941 and December 1944.
The BM-21 Grad (Hail) multiple launch rocket system is the direct descendant of the Katyusha. Today’s rocket artillery systems operate on the same principle as their legendary archetype. But their combat potential has expanded appreciably with the advent of new munitions.
TsarSamuil: Medicines aren't allowed to be sold on the market without a 15 year trial period, to determine short n long term effects. Sputnik just turned 1 year, others not even that, just months, how can we determine long term effects without the data from long term
Aug 24, 2021 11:22:20 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: exposure? Does anyone have a time machine to go 14 years or so into the future n come back n say whether we have good vaccines? Fear makes world abandon its own standards..Besides, vaccines for other illnesses that have been developed for YEARS actually
Aug 24, 2021 11:23:40 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: help. These covid vaccines are literally SHIT, why else do they demand you take 1, 2 n now 3 shots? The problem is also a disease becomes resilient if u administer a weak vaccine that doesn't do the job proper. Allow illness to survive just makes it strong
Aug 24, 2021 11:25:04 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: instead if we go by the book, we should all wait for a really good vaccine to take out the illness for good. Now...we may never get rid of it..but understandably the world economy has a hard time dealing with lock downs, but that is just needless panic
Aug 24, 2021 11:27:06 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: why Swe had fared well with country not being locked down? Because they are cold people, keeping distance was the thing before covid-19 was ever heard of, I hope world doesn't become like that, but some could use a little common sense n change in behavior.
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:12 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: It's no wonder covid hits so many Arabs in the country, stupid bastards..
Aug 24, 2021 11:29:38 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: If I go to H&M a new shirt, if an Arab wants to buy a pair of pants, not only is his whole family along, his friends, even his freaking grandmother is along n all chattering along in a big dumb group of ignorance..
Aug 24, 2021 11:33:05 GMT -5
Boro: Thx for the response. I'm not sure... It seems the vaccines work, at least people aren't dying of Covid. Those who get ill have a problem, it's not "just a flu". Maybe it's from a chinese laboratory, who knows...
Aug 24, 2021 13:46:55 GMT -5
Boro: I agree regarding Arabs..
Aug 24, 2021 13:50:39 GMT -5
Boro: Be glad, Sweden isn't overpopulated.
Aug 24, 2021 14:11:49 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: true, vaccines do help somewhat, maybe better than nothing..I hope in 2022 we can come out of this nightmare..
Aug 24, 2021 15:38:24 GMT -5
Boro: Horrible times, indeed.
Aug 24, 2021 15:47:41 GMT -5