The Russian Defense Ministry revealed a rare footage of the Armata battle tank in action. The Armata is a modern Russian main battle tank project. Sometimes it is referred as T-14. Its development commenced in 2011. The Armata was developed as a replacement to the canceled T-95. The whole project was kept in high secrecy. First mock-up was revealed to Russian military officials in 2013. Trials commenced in 2014.
The modern MBT was first publicly revealed in 2015. The first batch of 12 to 32 tanks was delivered in 2015. It seems that these tanks were built mainly for parades. Still full-scale production could start soon. It is planned that Armata will replace the aging T-72 and T-80 with T-90 that become out-dated.
The Armata is a new-generation tank. It has small in common with the current T-90. Exact technical specifications of this MBT remain classified. It has been reported that this main battle tank is operated by a crew of only 2 men, including commander and driver. If it is true, so far it is the only MBT to have such a small crew. Older Russian tanks have a crew of 3. While most Western MBTs have a crew of 4. Reduction of the crew to just 2 men allowed to reduce crew compartment, overall the size of the vehicle and improve protection.
The Armata might be one of the most protected MBTs in the world. It has been reported that it has newly developed armor, made of steel, ceramics and composite materials. Also, it has been reported that Armata has a Malakhit add-on explosive reactive armor of modern generation. As usual, this MBT is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. It has been reported that Armata will be fitted with modern Afganit active protection system. It seems that it also has a modern countermeasures system that reduces the chance of being hit by enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance. This modern Russian tank uses smoke grenade dischargers of
It seems that it also has a modern countermeasures system that reduces the chance of being hit by enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance. This modern Russian tank uses smoke grenade dischargers of a modern type.
It has been reported that crew members are seated in a well protected armored capsule. It is separated from automatic loader and ammo. The tank has improved hardness to damage. It can fight even with penetrated armor, as far as the crew cell is intact.
The Armata will be armed with a 2A82 125-mm smoothbore gun. It has improved ballistics comparing with a 2A46M gun of the T-90 MBT. The gun is mounted in the unmanned turret and is completed with an autoloader. This tank will be capable of firing gun-launched anti-tank guided rockets in the same manner as ordinary rounds. These rockets have a range of about 5 km and can also target low-flying helicopters.
Why is the TV show “SEAL Team” worth watching?
Of the three major military dramas broadcasting these days on TV, the SEAL Team is the most sincere.
The TV shows (Wednesdays, 9 ET/PT, ★★½ out of four) works mostly because it’s not reaching beyond its comfort zone. Following a team of U.S. Navy SEALs carrying out covert operations with the aid of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), it’s an uncomplicated action series without twists or unnecessary spectacle, at least so far.
TV veteran David Boreanaz (Bones) plays Jason Hayes, the leader of the Tier One Navy SEALs, and he’s an intense and focused guy not unlike the FBI agent he played for so many years on Fox’s series. Jason’s home life has crumbled due to his dedication to his work, and he’s haunted by the death of a teammate on a recent mission. The cast is rounded out by Jessica Paré (Mad Men) as a CIA analyst and Max Thieriot as a young and ambitious soldier trying to make it into the Tier One unit.
The TV drama plays to the strengths of its network, and its star. The missions are simple and paint the soldiers as patriotic and unimpeachably good. In last week’s second episode, Navy SEAL flirted with bigger questions about war and the state of the world, but all in the service of its core characters. The action is sharp, clean and often close up, prioritizing the soldiers’ points of view.
The lack of sensationalism is what makes Navy SEAL a stronger entry into the military genre this fall than NBC’s The Brave and CW’s Valor. The Brave is flashy, while Valor is twisty and ill-conceived, and neither has a cast as engaging.
U.S. Navy SEAL Team is straightforward, but also enjoyable. Sometimes simple works. Take a look:
Elite Russian Special Forces in Astonishing Footage
Special Operations Forces of Russia, or SOF (Russian: Силы специальных операций; ССО, tr. Sily spetsial’nykh operatsii; SSO) are strategic-level special forces under the Special Operations Forces Command (Russian: командование сил специальных операций; KCCO, tr. Komandovanie sil spetsial’nalnykh operatsii; KSSO, or KSO) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
Formation of first units for future Special Operations Forces began in 2009 as part of the overall reform of the Russian Armed Forces. Special Operations Forces Command was set up in 2012 and announced in March 2013 by the Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. According to Gerasimov, the SOF was designed as a strategic-level asset, whose primary missions would be foreign interventions, including sabotage and anti-terrorism operations. SOF do not belong to any branch of the Russian armed forces and are not to be confused with special forces that until 2010 were under the GRU and whose subsequent subordination appears to be unclear. Russia′s SOF are manned exclusively by professional personnel hired on contract, in commissioned officer positions.
The video compilation is showing various parts of Russian Special Operations Forces.