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Ukraine weapons thread   General Military Discussion

Started 24/2/22 by gatnerd; 214669 views.
schnuersi

From: schnuersi

5-Dec

gatnerd said:

Pretty amusing to see the Germans firing the M2 .50 like it was a MG3, resulting in 1-2rd bursts due to the slow rof:

I know the video.

... they are supposed to hold the finger on the trigger but not use the sights properly.
But everybody and their mother says the high ROF of the MG3 results in wasted ammo. Allways makes me lough. Yes if you use it wrong, like holding the finger on the trigger and not using the sights, that is true. As true as for any other gun.

Mr. T (MrT4)

From: Mr. T (MrT4)

5-Dec

Gepard in action

First video of Gepard shooting something down in Ukraine.

A Ukrainian Gepard shooting down a Russian cruise missile 5th December.#gepard #combatfootage #bundeswehr #zsu #NATO #weaponsystem #35mm #autocannon #ukraine...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lGSwkzWkMs

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

5-Dec

Great find man. 

  • Edited 05 December 2022 19:48  by  gatnerd
Refleks

From: Refleks

5-Dec

Nice work. Looks like it tried to engage the falling debris too.  There was a version with stinger, but I'd love to see mistral integrated in the same way as it's advertised for counter missile work as well as part of the simbad system

  • Edited 05 December 2022 17:33  by  Refleks
gatnerd

From: gatnerd

5-Dec

Major boost in US 155mm production underway:

https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/12/05/army-plans-dramatic-ammo-production-boost-as-ukraine-drains-stocks/

Also plans to 2x the production of GMLRS rockets and Javelins. 

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

6-Dec

Now it's a party - FN F2000's have entered the theater.

Mr. T (MrT4)

From: Mr. T (MrT4)

6-Dec

 Accidentally stumbled on a pre war video of a Russian drone manufacturer workshop. The interesting part for me was the use of commercial sony cameras, which was something of a curiosity and was widely mocked as some sort of stone age engineering, but you can see the same commercial cameras used by considerable number  drone manufacturers both civilian and military.

Basically, the story of how and why use a consumer-grade photo cameras is that it's a consumable part. Depending on the model they say the life cycle is about 100.000(Sony Nex- line) to 500.000(Sony RX line) pictures , the reason is  the shutter mechanism life cycle which is the case even with expensive non-consumer cameras , that is why the consumer-grade cameras are the prime choice offering more than enough resolution (RX1II is at something like 46mega pixel) for smaller size drones, in regular service they say camera takes 7000+ high definition pictures per 2-3h flight and drone is meant to be used for about 8-12h daily, so the many cameras last about a month of every day drone operation before the shutter is toast. (in war time drone itself probably doesn't last a month anyway) Cameras are tuned to photograph at certain frequencies depending on flight speed or take a video ,  focus distance is fixed for a specific flight height.

Claimed shutter life cycles 

Sony Nex-series 70-100.000 pics

Sony Alpha series  -  200.000 picts

Sony RX1 series - 500.000 picts

As you can imagine photos taken are not the video live stream but for post flight analysis , where they use collating software that stitches the pics together and if same area is patroled can mark the changes from flight to flight. 

A commercial drone used for mapping etc. They explain the camera options on the website , note exact same cameras as those used in Russian drones. Of course as the drone is probably not used as much as in miltary service, so a camera might last much longer.

https://wingtra.com/mapping-drone-wingtraone/mapping-cameras/sony-rx1r-ii/

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

7-Dec

Thats a fascinating explanation; it had never occurred to me that the shutters on cameras wear out, but now hearing that of course they would, just like any other machine.

mpopenker

From: mpopenker

7-Dec

From what I've heard from my friends who are into photography, most consumer cameras these days are intentionally built with a limited life span for only a casual use. So anyone who'd want or need to take lots of pictures is forced to buy a "professional" grade camera which, obviously, is much more expensive.

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