Daily Archives: April 30, 2016

Islamic State destroyed 3 Turkish Army tanks near Karkamis town of Gaziantep

Asian Defence News

Friday, April 29, 2016

One snake bites another snake.

Turks really thought Islamic State could be “controlled”.

Turkish Army T-155 Firtina howitzer turret blown away after ISIS ATGW strike in Karkamış


There goes your Samsung made tank!

Looks like the Turks are getting a beating!

Submerged Russian nuclear sub fires Kalibr cruise missile in Arctic drills (VIDEO)


Published time: 30 Apr, 2016

A Russian nuclear submarine, Severodvinsk, has carried out firing drills in the Barents Sea, successfully striking a coastal target in the Arctic with the latest Kalibr cruise missile from a submerged position.

The crew of the latest multipurpose nuclear submarine of the Northern Fleet, Project 885 Severodvinsk, successfully launched the missile from the Barents Sea, the Russian military said in a statement.

The missile hit its target in the Arkhangelsk region “with high accuracy”, the statement added. The strike was conducted as part of wider navy combat drills in the area.

The ministry also noted that Severodvinsk, which sailed to sea earlier this week, has carried out a number of other drills within the winter framework training exercises of Russia’s Northern Fleet.

Russian Kalibr missiles were also tested on the Caspian Flotilla during week-long drills that involved some 20 vessels and concluded on Friday.

“A strike group of the flotilla has conducted firing drills using naval practice targets and hit them successfully,” the press service said.

Ships with the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla fired off 3M-14 submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCM) for the first time on Islamic State targets in Syria on October 7 and November 20.

Ever since the debut, the Kalibr became one of the main perceived threats to US security. The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) said in December that it“is profoundly changing [Russia’s] ability to deter, threaten or destroy adversary targets.”

With a range of roughly of 2,000 km, the supersonic 3M-54 Kalibr missile is small enough to be carried by submarines and small warships. Furthermore the missile is capable of carrying both a conventional or nuclear warhead and is able to penetrate the enemy’s missile defense systems thus changing the calculus of the reach and effectiveness of smaller navy ships.



Yasen-class submarine

The Severodvinsk-class submarine (Russian: Проект 885 “Ясень”, “ash tree”; NATO reporting name: “Severodvinsk”, also known erroneously as the Graney class) is the newest Russian nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine. Based on the Akula-class submarine and the Alfa-class submarine it is projected to replace Russia’s Soviet-era attack submarines, both Akula and Oscar-class submarine.

Name: Severodvinsk
Builders: SevMash , designer Malahit Lazurit Rubin
Operators:  Russian Navy
Preceded by: Akula class
Cost: Equivalent of US$1.6 billion
Building: 4
Planned: 12 (7 on order)
Completed: 2 (Severodvinsk)
Active: 1
General characteristics
Displacement: ·Surfaced: 7,700–8,600 tons

·Submerged: 13,800 tons 

Length: 120 m (390 ft)
Beam: 15 m (49 ft)
Propulsion: 1 x KPM type pressurized water reactor
Speed: ·Surfaced: 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)

·Submerged (silent): 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)

·Submerged (max): 35 kn (65 km/h; 40 mph)

Range: unlimited except by food supplies
Test depth: 600 m (2,000 ft)
Complement: 90 (32 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Rim Hat ESM/ECM Snoop Pair Surface Search Radar
Armament: ·8 x VLS equipped silos for either: 

o               32 (8 x 4) with Oniks

o               or

o               40 (8 x 5) with Kalibr-PL anti-ship, anti-submarine and land attack submarine launched weapon.

o               Kh-101 cruise missiles.

·10 × torpedo tubes (8x650mm and 2x533mm).


Russia Ships 20 Tanks to Nicaragua in $80M Military Deal


Published 29 April 2016

The tank purchase is part of an effort to modernize the country’s military.

Russia has shipped the first 20 of 50 tanks to Nicaragua in a move that has confounded certain analysts.

The $80 million purchase of the 50 T-72B tanks marks an dramatic uptick in Nicaragua’s military expenditures. In spite of the increased military expenditures, Nicaragua still pales in comparison to its neighbors. Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic outspent the rest of the isthmus by nearly $100 million in 2015, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Nicaraguan military spokesman Colonel Manuel Guevara Rocha said it was part of efforts to modernize the nation’s fighting force, much of which had become outdated, Spanish news source El Pais reported.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti said that its government had already given Nicaragua 12 anti-aircraft missile defense systems, two helicopters, and a “lot” of armored vehicles.

Original post telesurtv.net


So it comes to about $1.6 million per tank……


 Map @operationworld.org Map @operationworld.org


The T-72 Ural main battle tank was developed as a cheaper and more reliable, however less capable alternative to the T-64. It entered service with Soviet army in 1973. A total of 30 000 tanks of this type were produced in the Soviet Union, China, Czechoslovakia, India, Romania and Yugoslavia. It was exported to about 30 countries. At the end of 1990s Russia operated around 9 000 of these main battle tanks.

   The T-72 is protected by composite armor. Some sources claim that front armor of the T-72 is equivalent to 500-600 mm of Rolled Homogenous Armor (RHA). In the 1970s it was adequate, however it is not much by modern standard. Side armor provides protection against IFV and helicopter cannons. Later production models were fitted with side skirts. The T-72 is completed with NBC protection system and automatic fire extinguishing equipment.

   This main battle tank is completed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun, fitted with new carousel-type autoloader. Previous autoloader on the T-64 was unreliable and had a number of other drawbacks. However autoloader of the T-72 was slower than that, used on the T-64. Maximum rate of fire is up to 8 rounds per minute, or 1-2 rounds per minute, when loaded manually. A total of 39 rounds for the main gun are carried. Effective range of fire with APFSDS round is about 2 000 – 3 000 day and 850-1 300 m at night. Armor penetration is about 590-630 mm of RHA at 2 000 m range.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and 12.7-mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof in the opened mount.

   Vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver.

Entered service 1973
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 41 t
Length (gun forward) 9.53 m
Hull length 6.86 m
Width 3.46 m
Height 2.19 m
Main gun 125-mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm, 1 x 12.7-mm
Elevation range – 5 to + 14 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 39 rounds
Machine guns 2 000 x 7.62, 300 x 12.7
Engine V-46 diesel
Engine power 780 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.85 m
Trench 2.8 m
Fording 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m

Source military-today.com