More about the Scarab

Thanks to Jiří Tintěra for the information and the photos!

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As I wrote previously, this new T-72 modification is called T-72 Scarab. This tank is intended specifically for export. The previous names cited by some websites (T-72-4 or T-4-72 and their modifications) are false – the vehicle’s official name does not contain the “4″ part. The Scarab is a deep modernization of T-72M1 MBT, offered by the Czech company Excalibur Army s.r.o.

The first thing you notice is the brand new Czech ERA kit, called DYNA-Excalibur. It’s been designed to be very effective against tandem HEAT warheads and two-piece penetrator kinetic rounds, which means the target customer group are most likely the Middle East countries (well, those not buying overpriced American stuff). The sides and the rear of the turret are protected with cage armor, the top armor was increased as well :) The original engine was replaced with a 840hp V-84 (or M-84, unclear). A remote-controlled 12.7mm NSV MG station was added to the turret, the turret top armor was increased. Vehicle’s periscopes and optics now have anti-laser coating.

The basic Excalibur packet includes retooling the entire vehicle to 0 hour condition and the installation of the basic functions. Updated electronics including a FCS specified by the customer (for example, the Belarusian Sosna-U or the TURMS system) can be added as well.

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Rhodesia and Wonder Woman

What do Rhodesia and Wonder Woman have in common? Well…

Eland 90 Rhodesia 1979

Absolutely nothing. But here’s a photo of South-African Eland-90 armored car in Rhodesia, 1979 (the end of the Rhodesian Bush War).

And I went to see Wonder Woman this evening, was actually really nice movie, I’d rate it 8/10

+ Amazing action scenes, really, even by today’s standards, they were really great, the ending is especially epic
+ Gal Gadot (nuff said, I think she’s currently the prettiest actress there is)
+ It’s cut much better than the clusterfuck that was the rebooted Superman, let alone Superman vs Batman
+ Amazing exteriors
+ Final bad guy

- Completely pointless sidekicks who are there only because “diversity” and there’s even hamfisted arbitary whine about white man racism

Overall, however, it was a very enjoyable experience, it’s a MUCH better movie than the infamous Batman vs Superman and I recommend it. Keep this up, DC.

Books are haram, tanks are fine

These pictures were taken in Nigeria. The MBT on them resembles a Centurion, but in fact it’s its distant cousin – the Vickers MBT Mk.3 export tank. They aren’t well known, but over a hundred was exported to Nigeria in the early 1980s. This specific vehicle was captured by a particularly nasty breed of snackbars – the Boko Haram group, known for some of the worst crimes in recent years. The vehicle was captured back by the government forces in July 2015. What became of its crew is unknown but Nigerian soldiers aren’t known for giving these snackbars any quarter.

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Abrams in Germany

An interesting photo for no reason in particular. An M1A1 platoon in West Germany (Bavaria), Hohenfels, 1987.

M1A1 platoon Hohenpfelz Germany 1987

These tanks would have faced the brunt of a Soviet onslaught if shit went to shit back then.

Jimquisition feat. Wargaming

The title says it all.

On personal note, I never believed I’d see this again. Another “Czechout-like” situation and WG EU does LITERALLY THE SAME THING – fucks the contributor over and creates a massive clusterfuck in the process.

Oh man. The video is fucking hilarious and even if you are the most hardcore WG fan, I urge you to watch it for the entertainment value alone. It’s a masterpiece.

Needs moar Wall…

From the improper use of the word Wall, I am sure you already know what we will be talking about. That’s right, Mexico! Mexico has its share of really exotic vehicles and this is one of them.

DN-5 V150 commando copy M8 turret Mexico

This armored car is called DN-5 “Buffalo” (or, DN-V, depending on source). It consists of a hull of a DN IFV and the turret of… the M8 Scott self-propelled howitzer. Because why not. It’s not a tank destroyer of course, it’s more like a light fire support vehicle combined with light artillery (it can fire indirectly).

The DN hull is an interesting thing in its own right. Many consider it a copy of the Cadillac Gage Commando platform, but Mexican sources claim it was an independent design. Whether it’s an unofficial (illegal) copy or a indeed an independently developed vehicle, hard to say. This vehicle was designed in 1984 based on parts readily available in Mexico (a number of M8′s was purchased by Mexico from US surplus after the war).