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Germany is supplying heavy weapons just indirectly,many of the east European T72 clones are being supplied in exchange for surplus german Marders and Fuchs or whatever deals can be made on the purchase of Boxers.
yeah, long term that will not be sufficient. I am assuming @Schnuersi and colleagues are currently looking into Leo and Marder stocks and refurbishing them. As are their counterparts in the Pentagon
Thanks, I had not seen that clarification about Challenger 2 to Poland. British Army of the Vistula, then?
Somewhat surprised at how low the CV90MK4 is in comparison to Lynx and Ascod , also that maned turret seems to be the choice for Czech and Slovaks given the internal volume
Maybe they see manned turrets as simpler / less expensive?
They are simpler and less expensive.
Not every military is convinced on the viability of unmanned turrets.
If the advantages are not (fully) applicable to a given use it makes little sense to spend the adiitional resources an advantages of a manned turret.
Also, you may have better situational awareness in a manned turret.
This is a common criticism of unmanned turrets.
Which may or may not be valid. Current experience by users indicates that its not valid. Of course this depends on several variables. For example how the turret and the crew stations are equiped. Which in turn has direct influence on cost.
Although looking at the Czech tender Unmanned turret, and many other unmanned turrets its seems they are actually higher than the manned turrets. and have additionally higher hull roof to accommodate crew under it
The height of a turret any hull depend on the desired characteristics and resulting design.
If the turret is not supposed to have a significant Intrusion into the hull, eg. no turret basket, it has to be higher if a large gun elevation is desired from a conventional gun mounting.
The deterimning factor for hull hight usually is not where the turret crew is situated but its about the required ergonomics and protection level.
Never the less vehicle height is of rather low relevance nowadays. As long as the railway transport dimension limits are met there are few constrains.