KIEV, February 5 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine has delivered the first five main battle tanks to Thailand of a 2011 order worth over $200 million, a state-run arms exporter said Wednesday.
The shipment is part of an order of 49 Oplot-M tanks to be put in service with the Royal Thai Armed Forces in the near future.
The Ukrainian tanks arrived at the port of Sattahip on Tuesday and will undergo additional acceptance trials, Ukrspetsexport said in a statement.
The Oplot is armed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun, a 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun and a 12.7-mm anti-aircraft machine gun.
The main gun can fire a laser-guided missile against battle tanks, armored vehicles and hovering helicopters within a range of five kilometers (3.1 miles).
The tank’s protection system integrates both passive armor and explosive reactive armor.
Ukraine has recently become an active competitor on global arms markets thanks to a reputation for reliable weaponry, relatively low prices and extended post-sale and repair warranties.
According to data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Ukraine exported major conventional arms worth $1.3 billion in 2012, making it the fourth largest arms exporter in the world that year.
Sales to Asian countries accounted for 47 percent of exports, while African countries and former Soviet states bought 23 percent and 21 percent respectively of Ukrainian arms, SIPRI reported.
Oplot main battle tank of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
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Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 11, 2014 12:28:04 GMT -5
India Signs Contract for Ukrainian Anti-Aircraft Artillery.
MOSCOW, February 10 (RIA Novosti) – An Indian company has signed a contract with a Ukraine weapons exporter to buy up to 138 anti-aircraft vehicles, the Ukrainian defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom said on its website Monday.
According to the statement, one anti-aircraft gun and one command vehicle will be sent to India’s Larsen & Toubro for evaluation, and the company will then have the right to purchase up to 138 of the systems under the contract.
The vehicles, which were not named, would be produced by three Ukrainian firms, according to the statement.
Ukraine has earlier produced an upgraded version of the Soviet Shilka self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, which can engage low-flying targets with radar-guided rapid-fire cannons.
The ZSU-23-4 Shilka, which resembles a tank with four short cannons in place of a long gun, has seen combat in numerous conflicts, including in the Soviet war in Afghanistan and the ongoing civil war in Syria, where it has been used in an improvised fashion against elevated ground targets.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 24, 2014 17:30:18 GMT -5
Armored Vehicles Wikipedia Launched by Russian Tank Maker.
MOSCOW, February 24 (RIA Novosti) – A new online tank-themed encyclopedia, dubbed “Tankopedia,” has been launched in honor of Russia’s Defender of the Fatherland Day, the country’s largest armored vehicles producer said Monday.
Nizhny Tagil-based Uralvagonzavod said the goal of the project, patterned on Wikipedia, is to create a user-editable repository of armored warfare facts and history, including cultural works inspired by or featuring tanks, such as movies, songs, poetry and games.
Company deputy director Alexei Zharich said the website would “undoubtedly allow younger generations to become acquainted with the glorious history of the industry.”
The website, tankopedia.org, had already gone live Monday with over 2,000 Russian-language articles related to armored fighting vehicles.
The company says it intends to digitize the holdings of its museum in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil, where the factory is located, which includes more than 50,000 items, including archival documents, photographs, drawings and blueprints.
Uralvagonzavod’s output has made online splashes in the past, although perhaps not in a way the company would have preferred.
A YouTube video a T-90 tank plowing through snowbanks at high speed onto a busy road in Nizhny Tagil became an Internet sensation last year.
The company said the tank, crossing at a green light, broke no traffic rules and that oncoming traffic was at fault for ignoring a red light.
In July, the tank maker, founded under the Soviet Union’s second five-year plan as a railway car factory, launched a line of clothing and fashion accessories under its brand name, Uralvagonzavod.
The country celebrated Defender of the Fatherland Day on Sunday.
W/S GAZ-2330 Tigr drives past M/S Front of Tigr, complete with bull bars W/S Parked Tigr M/S Front windshield C/U Tigr emblem M/S Front windshield W/S Rear, with spare tyre M/S Side mirror W/S Rear, with spare tyre M/S Rear lights M/S Interior C/U BM logo M/S Steering wheel C/U DDM-Avto tuning studio M/S DDM-Avto tuning studio W/S GAZ-2330 Tigr drives-off
If you're looking for comfort both on and off the road and in hostile environments, look no further than DDM-Avto's luxury revamp of the GAZ-2330 Tigr infantry mobility vehicle.
While the DDM-Avto version features all the usual Tigr standards, such as air conditioning and GPS navigation, it also boasts the added x-factor of a DDM-Avto tuning studio, sound insulation of the main cabin and a handmade stainless steel dashboard.
Multiple cameras are dotted around at various points of the car's exterior, the footage from which constantly projected on a monitor for the driver to see in order to compensate for the reduced visibility that goes with heavy-armoured protection.
The GAZ-2330 Tigr is a 4x4 multi-role, all-terrain light armoured vehicle, manufactured by Military Industrial Company (BMK), a part of GAZ Group. The vehicle is primarily operated by Russian Defense Ministry and Ministry of the Interior forces. The first Tigr prototype vehicles were unveiled in 2002 with production commencing in 2004.
M/S Tank crew scramble in to action M/S Crew boards the Т-90А "Vladimir" third-generation main battle tank M/S Т-90А barrel W/S Т-90А moves off and fires W/S Т-90А in reverse M/S Soldier raises binoculars to eyes W/S Т-72А "Ural" second-generation main battle tank rolls into action W/S Т-72А "Ural" second-generation main battle tanks on the move W/S Т-72А "Ural" second-generation main battle tank in reverse W/S Т-72А "Ural" second-generation main battle tank M/S Crew loads up shells into Т-72А "Ural" second-generation main battle tank M/S Т-72А "Ural" second-generation main battle tanks at a standstill M/S Т-72А "Ural" barrel M/S Crew in turret of M/S Т-72А "Ural" tank M/S 2S34 "Khosta" 120-mm self-propelled artillery gun shooting M/S 2S34 "Khosta" 120-mm self-propelled artillery gun shooting W/S Shells explode on the Prudboi polygon in the Volgograd region M/S Soldiers survey the firing range M/S 2S34 "Khosta" 120-mm self-propelled artillery gun fires off a round
Crews of the Т-90А "Vladimir" and Т-72А "Ural" battle tanks let off live rounds on the Prudboi polygon in the Volgograd region during Thursday drills.
One of the latest developments in Russian artillery, the 2S34 "Khosta" 120-mm self-propelled gun, also took part in the training. A total of over 50 2S34s have been produced at the Motovilikha Plants in Perm, with one of those units taking part in the Thursday drills.
The Khosta boasts the ability to raise its gun to 80 degrees. Russia started producing Khostas in 2003, and they were first introduced into the army in 2008.
SOT. Rerih Anatoliy, Intrall industrial consortium chief executive (In Russian): "Today we are presenting new models of the vehicles for the army, special forces, rescue operations and border patrols."
Several prototype armoured vehicles developed by Intrall were put on display at the All-Russian Museum of Decorative Folk Arts in Moscow, Sunday. The exhibition took place on the final day of a six-day show held in honour of Victory Day.
The Toros armoured all-terrain vehicle was presented in three separate versions - a 10-seater wagon, an open-top SUV and an ambulance. The Toros prototypes were built using parts from the BTR-60 armoured personnel carrier, and have engines produced by Minsk Motor Plant. Also on display was the Kolun, a truck based on the four-wheel-drive chassis of the ZIL-131.
Intrall presented its prototypes to Russian state military agencies, who will now decide whether to put the vehicles into mass production. The Intrall consortium was formed in 2003 by private Russian investors for the acquisition of foreign assets related to commercial vehicles' design and production. The consortium was launched by the Russian Himeks Group and the British International Truck Alliance Ltd, and now involves several other companies that carry out design, engineering and investment activities.
W/S T-72B3 firing M/S T-72B3 doing manoeuvre C/U Young child watching tanks W/S T-72B3 driving W/S T-72B3 tank firing W/S Men near stack of shells C/U Stack of shells W/S T-72B3 M/S Man checking laptop C/U Man checking laptop M/S T-72B3 C/U T-72B3 tracks M/S T-72B3 W/S People with Russian flags W/S T-72B3 W/S Soldiers W/S T-72B3 tank W/S T-72B3 W/S T-72B3 W/S Multiple T-72B3 at a distance W/S Multiple T-72B3 at a distance
Tank crews from across Russia's Western Military District showed off their skills in T-72B3s at a Tank Biathlon in Leningrad Oblast on Wednesday.
During 'tank biathlons' participants must complete two obstacle courses that are 4.5 and 7 kilometres (2.8 to 4.35 miles) long. Each tank unit has to cross an anti-tank ditch before negotiating a bridge, a mound, and finally pass through a simulated minefield. After each round, the tanks shoot at targets located at distances of 1,600, 1,700 and 1,800 metres (1750, 1860, and 1970 yards).
Crews from across the country are vying to represent Russia at the international Tank Biathlon in August, facing off against teams from 13 countries.
Russia’s Central Military District to Receive Ten Armored "Tigers"
MOSCOW, June 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Central Military District (CMD) is to receive ten new armored "Tiger" vehicles, Colonel Jaroslav Roschupkin said Friday.
"Tolyatti Special Forces will receive ten new armored SPM-2 GAZ-233036 ‘Tigers’. In accordance with the 2011-2020 state arms procurement program, the vehicles will be delivered by the end of 2014," Col. Roschupkin said.
Earlier this year, Col. Roschupkin reported that the CMD was to receive 24 "Tigers" by the end of 2014.
Last year, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Russian Armed Forces’ demand for “Tigers” had reached unprecedented highs following the upgrades to "Tigers" that eliminate the previous advantages of Iveco’s “Lynx” light motor vehicles.
The SPM-2 GAZ-233036 “Tiger” is a high-mobility multipurpose military vehicle manufactured by MIC, a GAZ Group division, at the Arzamas machine-manufacturing plant.
It has a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour and can carry up to nine personnel or 1.2 tons of cargo.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 10, 2014 18:43:11 GMT -5
Russian Paratroopers Test Multi-Purpose Armored Vehicles.
MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) have started testing eight advanced multi-purpose Rakushka armored personnel carriers in field conditions, military spokesman Yevgeny Meshkov said Tuesday.
The Russian Airborne Forces received two Rakushka armored vehicles last year and are expected to get another eight by mid-2014. After the tests, the vehicles are to be put into service.
“A controlled tactical exploitation of eight Rakushka airborne multi-purpose [BTR-MD] armored vehicles has started at the testing areas of an Airborne Forces unit,” Lieutenant Colonel Meshkov said.
The BTR-MD Rakushka is a Russian multi-purpose armored vehicle designed for airborne troops, produced by the Volgograd Tractor Factory. The vehicle has a weight of 13.2 tons and is equipped with two machine guns. The carrier requires two operators, while a total of 13 people are to be involved in the airborne landing test.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jun 18, 2014 10:24:41 GMT -5
Russia Tests Pantsir Air Defense Systems in Arctic.
MOSCOW, June 16 (RIA Novosti) — Russia is testing its Pantsir S-1 short-range air defense system in the Arctic to ensure security in the resource-rich region, which is soon expected to become the centre of oil and gas exploration for the country, Alexander Denisov, head of the High-Precision Systems holding told RIA Novosti Monday.
"We are proud that Pantsir S-1 has been entrusted with the role of a pioneering air defense system in the Arctic Circle. Today, a squad of several war vehicles is already undergoing a stage of experimental military testing in the extreme conditions of the North," he said.
The Pantsir S-1, produced by Russia’s KBP, is a gun-missile system combining a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannons and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles. It is designed to take on a variety of targets flying at low altitudes, as well ground and water-surface threats.
The number of vehicles can grow in the North as infrastructure expands there, but "the decision will be made by the Defense Ministry depending on the complex evaluation of the situation," Denisov said.
The Arctic testing comes at the time of Russia's active resource exploration in the region. The Arctic's potential resources are evaluated at $30 trillion, and that is where Russia will shift its oil and gas exploration activities soon, specialists at Russia's Emergencies Ministry say, hence the need to protect the territory.
Russia regards Arctic exploration as one of its top priorities and economic growth drivers. The discovery of large hydrocarbon deposits in the Arctic has sparked international competition over the region’s resources. Last year, Moscow unveiled a strategy aimed at increasing its presence in the Arctic and boosting the region’s development by 2020.
A new version of the defense system Pantsir SM, currently under development, will be able to shoot at ballistic targets and will come out in 2017, Denisov said.
"The system will also allow destroying air threats flying at the speed of several thousand meters per second. Today, as you know, it is 1,000 meters per second. Its main difference from the existing air defense system is the ability to shoot at ballistic targets," he said.
The Pantsir system was developed in 1994 and has undergone significant modernization since then.
Winners of Russian tank biathlon finals get gold figurines of armored vehicles.
RT.com June 28, 2014 13:46
Two crews of a tank and APC, which has won the Russian ‘Tank biathlon – 2014’ contest have been awarded with models of their battle vehicles made of gold. The miniatures were crafted at the original armored vehicles industrial plants.
The championship between the crews of Russian armored vehicles conducted at the Alabino shooting range in the Moscow region ended with a win for a tank crew from Russia’s Western Military District. A combat team from the Eastern Military won the APC crews’ contest.
The commands were awarded with challenge cups, which they will keep for a year. The tank crew winners were given gold-plated miniatures of Russia’s main battle tank - the T-72B, while the winning APC crew bagged a gold replica of the more common BTR-2. The teams get to keep their military miniatures for all time.
Deputy Chief Ground Forces Commander, Lieutenant-General Aleksandr Lentsov told journalists he was fully satisfied with the military skills of the tankers and mechanized infantry crews.
The international phase of the competition will take place at the same Alabino range on August 4-16. Crews from 12 countries, primarily the Commonwealth of Independent States, but also China and India, have applied to take part in the contest. It is expected that some crews will be competing in armored vehicles of a national design.
The tank biathlon is a new paramilitary sport and a complex test for tank crew proficiency and gunnery precision skills. The first tank biathlon competition was arranged last year.
The basic idea behind the tank contest is simple and repeats the rules of the classic biathlon: cover about 20km in the shortest time, while successfully hitting your targets using a 9mm machine gun, a 12.5mm anti-aircraft machine-gun and naturally the tank’s main gun. The targets are not static; they appear suddenly and for a limited time, emerging at various distances from 600 meters to up to 2km.
There are five targets at each stage. No tank leaves the range without hitting all targets, those who missed have to cover penalty loops of 500 meters.
The crew should not only hit each one, but sometimes make an immediate decision in which consequence to hit multiple targets: the most ‘dangerous’ should be eliminated first.
This is not just a competition of armored vehicles; it’s a team game where every man contributes to the final result.
BMD-4M armored infantry fighting vehicles and T-72B tanks during Tank Biathlon 2014 competition held at the shooting range of the 2nd Guards Motor Rifle Tamanskaya Division in Alabino village. (RIA Novosti/Kirill Kallinikov)
Military drills kicked-off outside Moscow, Wednesday, to test the proficiency of more than 200 commanders of battalions and divisions of the Western Military District.
Army officers are being tested on a wide a variety of skills that draw on their tactical intelligence, problem solving abilities and technical know-how. The exercises included a T-80 tank being put through its paces under water.
Officers will also receive training on the latest weapons and military equipment, often learning about one new weapon or item of equipment per day.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 15, 2014 21:32:48 GMT -5
New Russian Anti-Aircraft Module Capable of Locating 15 Targets Per Second.
ZHUKOVSKY, MOSCOW REGION, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – A unique Russian GAZ Tigr chassis-mounted anti-aircraft command module, can simultaneously locate 15 targets per second, a representative for the Scientific-Industrial Enterprise Rubin told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
“The Defense Ministry has demanded to urgently create this vehicle. They have come up with the basic design directives. The hardware’s task is to provide covering fire for the units marching in the near zone of the contact with an adversary. The vehicle deploys for action within five minutes,” Rubin’s representative said.
He added that the vehicle has its own reconnaissance assets and is capable of autonomous work. Along with this, target assignment takes no longer than one second. The hardware can work at temperatures from minus 50 to 60 degrees Celsius (minus 58 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit).
“This is an independently developed prototype. We are currently in talks over its trials with the Defense Ministry, in the follow-up of which we will decide whether to launch a series line production. It [the module] is exhibited for the first time, and it has no analogues in Russia today,” the source said.
Previously, Russian troops armed with man-portable air defense systems have not had a command and target indication vehicle available, acting autonomously. The introduction of such hardware allows the troops to receive more precise target data.
“We are trying to stick to the policy of using purely Russian components, in the context of the latest sanctions introduced against our country,” added the enterprise’s officer.
Rubin’s representative stressed that the development was carried out in a timely manner, starting in mid-2013 and delivering a prototype in May 2014. The vehicle was presented to the Defense Ministry at a command post rehearsal at the 76th Guards Air Assault Division based in Pskov, receiving a few suggestions on improving its construction and capability.
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