T-80 with 30mm RCWS? Why not!

Hello everyone,

Look what was found standing in the backyard of the Central Scientific – Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering (ЦНИИточмаш) in Podolsk, Moscow region. Photo credits withheld by author’s wishes.

This is a T-80 MBT with a 30mm remote-controlled weapons system (designation unknown). The gun is missing obviously but you can see the mount there. The weapon system was designed to fight low-flying airplanes and armed with the 30mm 2A42 gun (same as on BMP-3 for example). The mount could traverse 120 degrees on its own, the depression was -51/+65, carried 450 rounds.

Who can say how many interesting prototypes are rotting away in Russia. It’s a shame really, but considering this stuff is still classfied, there would have to be a military budget to keep such vehicles in good shape.

M47 with Diesel

This is an interesting conversion – the Austrian M47D. Basically, the Austrians were looking into replacing the original M47′s engine with the M60 series diesel for the same reasons the Americans did – better economy and reliability. Simmering-Graz-Pauker produced two prototypes of this setup but the project got cancelled.


More photos along with other interesting stuff can be found here.

More about the Scarab

Thanks to Jiří Tintěra for the information and the photos!


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.






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.

Vickers mk3 boko 1

Vickers mk3 boko 2

Vickers mk3 boko 3