The War in the Ukraine


sheogorath

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I'm curious about this footage... like did the crew made out ?

The Abrams is always portrayed to be safe to crews if it got hit as they have separation between munitions and crew from the Bustle racks and blow out panel to direct munition explosion upward.

However if the door to ammo compartment to the loader is not closed.. then it's a RIP.

Abrams does have a nice post-penetration survival rate in part thanks to isolated ammo rack and blow-out panels. That said, if your turret front or sides penetrated, your crew will be liquefied anyway.

And if by any chance, a direct hit on the bustle compromises the blast door or the bulkhead, the ammo explosion will follow the path of least resistance as well.

The worse of the lot will certainly be the Challenger 2, with ammo being stored all over the fighting comparment

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Russian tracks aren’t just slick strips of steel, they have cleated patterns too.
They do but they are shallower than the Abrams cleats as it doesn't sit on top of a rubber pad, though, offering more more contact area once it sinks into the ice.
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Also the cleats on the Abrams aren't fitted to every track link but only every 5th link, so you are still dealing mostly with rubber pads. I guess it is impractical to put cleats on every link
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The coverage area on the T-80U is quite clearly much better, without leaving as many large gaps in between different modules. It's a much better implementation, and only marginally more complicated.
Still the vulnerability of the gaps was likely considered not relevant enough to incur in the expense of redesigning the mounting points and speeds up the modernization process

The T-90M also has a net on the turret to help protect the space between the turret and the chassis. Another low-cost solution that should be implemented. Though I noticed that not every T-90 tank has this net.
They are hard to see and made of some sort of rubber so they might burn off. Also, they have to be removed to fit the Nakidka thermal cammo.
 

HighGround

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you made statement that 305 missile is limited quantity when the larger missiles are not in limited quantity.. They have ordered 114 Ka-52M and they are going to upgrade the rest to that standard. The are ordering far complex X-69 square shape missile in largest quantity ordered to date. and that mean surpassing the thousands cruise missiles already fired. Every one is exaggerating and your baseless statement we can take at face value.

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The original statement was,

The issue with Russian attack choppers, is that they've never really had a good fire-and-forget PGM in large quantities. Izdeliye 305 has only been seen a few times in this conflict. I don't really see a pressing need for Ka-52M tbh, I think the original version was just fine.

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And there is nothing baseless about it. The original LMUR was only accepted into service 10 years ago, and there are only a few platforms capable of firing it. It wouldn't make sense for Ru MoD to have ordered large quantities of this missile when they had much more pressing concerns at the time. I don't know why you are being so insistent on "discrediting" my statement, when there is nothing categorical about it.

They could have 1,000 LMURs or 1 LMUR. It wouldn't really make a difference because these missiles are a fairly niche item to begin with.
 

jvodan

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The original statement was,

The issue with Russian attack choppers, is that they've never really had a good fire-and-forget PGM in large quantities. Izdeliye 305 has only been seen a few times in this conflict. I don't really see a pressing need for Ka-52M tbh, I think the original version was just fine.

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And there is nothing baseless about it. The original LMUR was only accepted into service 10 years ago, and there are only a few platforms capable of firing it. It wouldn't make sense for Ru MoD to have ordered large quantities of this missile when they had much more pressing concerns at the time. I don't know why you are being so insistent on "discrediting" my statement, when there is nothing categorical about it.

They could have 1,000 LMURs or 1 LMUR. It wouldn't really make a difference because these missiles are a fairly niche item to begin with.
according to wikipedia the LMUR has featured in over 40 videos from the Russo-Ukraine war
Additionally the LMUR wiki page states that it is only supported on Mi-28NM, Ka-52M and Mi-8MNP-2s (used by FSB)
So upgrading Ka-52 to Ka-52M is a pressing need if they wish to use the LMUR in Ukraine on anything beyond the FSB operated Mi-8MNP-2s
 

broadsword

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Abrams does have a nice post-penetration survival rate in part thanks to isolated ammo rack and blow-out panels. That said, if your turret front or sides penetrated, your crew will be liquefied anyway.

And if by any chance, a direct hit on the bustle compromises the blast door or the bulkhead, the ammo explosion will follow the path of least resistance as well.

The worse of the lot will certainly be the Challenger 2, with ammo being stored all over the fighting comparment

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They do but they are shallower than the Abrams cleats as it doesn't sit on top of a rubber pad, though, offering more more contact area once it sinks into the ice.
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Also the cleats on the Abrams aren't fitted to every track link but only every 5th link, so you are still dealing mostly with rubber pads. I guess it is impractical to put cleats on every link
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Still the vulnerability of the gaps was likely considered not relevant enough to incur in the expense of redesigning the mounting points and speeds up the modernization process


They are hard to see and made of some sort of rubber so they might burn off. Also, they have to be removed to fit the Nakidka thermal cammo.

Will the Abrams to be sent to Ukraine be equipped with DU armor? I understand that was not the case for those sold to Saudi Arabia.
 

Patchwork_Chimera

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Russia has plenty of choppers and aircraft for firing unguided rockets and footage can barely reach 1% of actual combat. if they are ordering square shape missile in largest ordered what makes you think they are ordering cylindrical shape missiles in smaller orders?
most of sorties are from platforms that has low altitude flight characteristics.
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For what it's worth, a mean of 150 sorties per day (presumably a flight day or a 24h cycle) is extremely anemic.
 

CrazyHorse

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Will the Abrams to be sent to Ukraine be equipped with DU armor? I understand that was not the case for those sold to Saudi Arabia.
Since the DU armour package has been upgraded numerous times since its introduction in the HA variant, some older versions may be supplied due to them no longer being cutting edge, while still being more effective than old Soviet composite arrays (Dolly Parton type).
 

Chevalier

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We've seen the Abrams in action and the results are wanting:

Bigger question is if the US is really going to supply the Pentagon version of the Abrams or the export version; considering they don't have enough time to train the UKR to use the tanks, it'll most likely be NATO personnel (prob Poles) manning those export version tanks with Americans 'mercenaries' manning the Pentagon version
 

tankphobia

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We've seen the Abrams in action and the results are wanting:

Bigger question is if the US is really going to supply the Pentagon version of the Abrams or the export version; considering they don't have enough time to train the UKR to use the tanks, it'll most likely be NATO personnel (prob Poles) manning those export version tanks with Americans 'mercenaries' manning the Pentagon version
The problem is combined arms. No tank is invincible if you do not have appropriate air/artillery cover available at a moment's notice. Saudis are fighting using a poor cohesion mercenary army, which leads to it's armed forces getting stuck in all sorts of ambushes, no wonder weapons will save you in a valley lined with atgms.

Ukraine is quite a bit better than that, so they're probably going to do OK with western tanks, obviously they also won't be able to leverage the full combined arms required for western doctrine, but I'd argue that due to the flat terrain and static lines at least some level of artillery support will be available.
 

pmc

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The issue with Russian attack choppers, is that they've never really had a good fire-and-forget PGM in large quantities. Izdeliye 305 has only been seen a few times in this conflict. I don't really see a pressing need for Ka-52M tbh, I think the original version was just fine.
thats the point how you came to this conclusion there is no need for Ka-52M? when new contract at Army Forum 2022 is for Ka-52M. first delivery for new year is Ka-52.

The original LMUR was only accepted into service 10 years ago
And there is nothing baseless about it. The original LMUR was only accepted into service 10 years ago, and there are only a few platforms capable of firing it. It wouldn't make sense for Ru MoD to have ordered large quantities of this missile when they had much more pressing concerns at the time. I don't know why you are being so insistent on "discrediting" my statement, when there is nothing categorical about it.

They could have 1,000 LMURs or 1 LMUR. It wouldn't really make a difference because these missiles are a fairly niche item to begin with.
what is more pressing concerns than adding more capability to Ka-52M?. they are even upgrading things like tires.
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10 years ago there were no AESA radar on Ka-52M and with not much advanced net centric ability. now sensors are upgraded and so are the missiles. specification are getting improved and these are the most main advantages of any aviation product on this promotion website.
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SolarWarden

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We've seen the Abrams in action and the results are wanting:

Bigger question is if the US is really going to supply the Pentagon version of the Abrams or the export version; considering they don't have enough time to train the UKR to use the tanks, it'll most likely be NATO personnel (prob Poles) manning those export version tanks with Americans 'mercenaries' manning the Pentagon version
Crew survived and tank likely got repaired like many Abrams that got hit in ammo storage. All Russian T-series turrets pop like zits when their ammo gets hit.

This is a Saudi Abrams that got repaired after it blew out its panels.
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Some Abrams go back into service some may be too damage to fix but at least the crew survives.
 

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