And yes, they can maintain flight at that angle. In fact, some of our older booms have done refueling at that angle before. Or so they've told me, anyway.
Funny how some stuff sticks around for decades(with some upgrades). Same with the FN weapons, some of those have been around for a while now.
Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Defence and security company Saab has signed a new contract with the U.S. Army for the company’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system. This marks the second time the U.S. Army has bought the 84mm recoilless rifle system to equip its forces. The total order value is $31 million (approximately MSEK 205).
Long in service with U.S. Special Operations Forces, the system has only recently been taken into service by the U.S. Army for its regular infantry units as well.
“This is another great milestone for Saab and the Carl-Gustaf system. This new order demonstrates the continued belief by the customer in the capabilities and versatility of our product”, says Tomas Samuelsson, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab’s business area Dynamics.
Read more: http://www.defencetalk.com/us-army-o...#ixzz2Nc3g5FhD
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Get a grip man! It's CHEESE!
The 1K17 Szhatie (Russian:1К17 Сжатие — "Compression") is a self-propelled laser vehicle of Russian origin. The platform uses a MSTA-S chassis with a battery of laser projectors mounted in the turret. It was developed by the Soviet Union in order to disable the optical-electronic equipment of enemy missiles, ground and aerial vehicles.
The 1K17 Szhatie was developed in the 1970s and 1980s. Although the Soviet Union attempted to keep the plans secret, the Pentagon managed to obtain drawings from defectors. Western intelligence services code named it the Stiletto. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the development of the Szhatie was abandoned, as the development and manufacturing of the laser projection system had become too expensive and unnecessary. Two of these "tanks" were tested, with one being scrapped and the other being displayed in the Army Technology Museum near Moscow, but without its laser projector.
The "tank" used an intense laser beam to disable the optical-electronic equipment of the enemy vehicles. This was created by focusing light through 30 kg of artificial rubies which made the whole system very expensive to produce. The optics that produced the laser were placed at the end of a silver coated spiral which helped amplify the beam and increase convergence. The energy to power the laser was provided by a generator and an auxiliary battery system. The lenses themselves were able to operate in different environments by moving metal caps closer to protect the lens. It was also equipped with a 12.7mm NSV machine gun to defend itself against attacks by infantry and air.
There was also the similar-purpose laser system, called "Sangvin", that is based on the ZSU-23-4 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun.
The fun police took my signature.
So Im assigned to fly basically as a glorified armed guard for rations being delivered in Afghanistan...bout halfway over the Atlantic the pilot turns to me and says
Him: Want to see something cool?
I think sure...why not...
Me: Alright..what ya got?
Him: Strap in tight...
Me: ok..."wondering wtf this Cpt has on his mind"
Him: You in good? everyone in good?
"Chorus of voices of yes..and smug grins on their faces...clearly I wasnt the first shmuck they did this to"
The fucking CARGO PLANE then proceeded to do three barrel rolls in procession...a CC-130J Hercules....I can only compare that to maybe a dump truck driving in a nascar race and winning....needless to say I got even....oh did I ever....anyways....after I cleaned the shit out of my pants and vowed revenge for seven generations, i learned NEVER to take an aircraft at face value...
Nuclear Reactors are a vital part to a lot of the Military, and are used heavily now in Submarines in many cases. The technology was once enourmous, but as each year passes, nuclear capability is made more miniaturised and efficient.
A new age however of power is dawning on us, an age of near limitless energy which is nearly entirely clean. Fusion. This month, a team in France will turn on a Fusion Reactor, that at first of course with all these things will be loud, violent, heavy, expensive and unfriendly to the environment, but over time we'll start to see Fusion reactors become more common and more adaptable.
The reason I mention all of this, is because some of the latest in Laser Weaponry is being held back by the power source that is needs. As Fusion Reactors are now a reality, and are being improved, we could start to see an era of Laser Technology take over the battlefield, rather then shells, bullets or artillery. Who knows, maybe the Star Wars Pulse Blaster isn't to far away!
If it ain't broke don't fix it etc... ;P
Speaking of rifles what about the new battle rifles? Has there been a decision on what the future holds yet? I think there is a selection process going on? Or is it finished?
Here is an intersting "analysis" of what a modern artillery unit can provide on the battlefield.
add modern gps guided artillery shells into the mix and you got precision covered as well!Just for the sake of letting this not be the only thing I write here just a small comparison.
A battery of PzH2000 brings ca. 1.440 155mm rounds per hour onto a target area. That's roughly the equivalent of 280 500lb bombs. As a light fighter won't carry many 500lb bombs we are talking about something like 140 sorties for every hour of continious fire of just one battery of modern arty. Quite cost effective when it comes to cost, logistics and response time...
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Proud member of the zero infraction club (lets see how long this can last =)
Anyway, not so much gun or tank kinda related (though i love the Hecate II from GGO), if VRMMORPG type tech was to invented, it would be for training troops, supposing they haven't already started.