gatnerd

Military Guns and Ammunition

Hosted by gatnerd

This is intended for people interested in the subject of military guns and their ammunition, with emphasis on automatic weapons.

  • 3370
    MEMBERS
  • 192419
    MESSAGES
  • 14
    POSTS TODAY

Discussions

Ukraine weapons thread   General Military Discussion

Started 24/2/22 by gatnerd; 213351 views.
gatnerd

From: gatnerd

26-Oct

Israeli SmartShooter equipped drones in Ukraine. It will be really interesting to see if these work:

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

27-Oct

Ukraine employing some type of airbursting munitions in AAA against Iranian drones; anyone know what that would be?

Rumor of possible guidance kits being given to UA to turn their unguided Soviet MLRS rockets into DIY Himars

https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/yd5v7x/america_gives_equipment_and_supplies_to_turn/

No idea, but perhaps something like this kit for the GRAD?

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/21023/israeli-made-bolt-on-kit-turns-122mm-grad-artillery-rockets-into-precision-weapons

UA developing a loitering munition with a 1000km range and 75kg warhead:

https://euromaidanpress.com/2022/10/17/ukraines-state-weapons-concern-announces-suicide-drone-project/

Pretty decent armchair analysis of what the Ukraine was has taught the world about future weapons systems. For example, APS is going to be a must for all tanks and armored vehicles going forward; SPAA for countering drones a must, etc. Most similar to conclusions we've drawn here:

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1583924719065055232.html

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

27-Oct

This is to me an interesting development.

Since the war began, and it became clear Ukraine needed to destroy huge amounts of vehicles, I have thought that cluster bombs / DPICM would have been really useful. 

Especially given the 'turret toss' vulnerability of Russias tanks to even small HEAT warheads such as drone dropped 40mm. 

We are now seeing Ukraine request DPICM, along with BONUS smart rounds.

https://archive.ph/FU7Ea

Other requests, such as the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb, and Avenger 20mm SHORAD, are cool but less surprising. Although GLSDB would be interesting in that I had not been aware it was anything more then a prototype.

Mr. T (MrT4)

From: Mr. T (MrT4)

28-Oct

Drive warzone is about the trashiest , propaganda outfit out there ,

Their best recent propaganda pufpieces in recent days  , but you can probably add the stories about 20k North Koreans and 8000 Afghan Commandos ready to depart for Donbass..

Speed Cameras Stolen From Sweden May Be Ending Up in Russian Drones

However, Eva Lundberg, who coordinates the traffic camera system at the Swedish Transport Administration, told the Times that the stolen cameras are actually customized Nikon DSLRs. This backs up other reports from local news outlets but complicates the theory that the cameras are being repurposed in Russian UAVs.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/speed-cameras-stolen-from-sweden-may-be-ending-up-in-russian-drones-report

Same Type Of Rotax Engines Used In Iranian Drones Targeted In Bizarre Theft Wave 

According to the company website, more than 130 Rotax 912 engines and six Rotax 914 engines have been stolen worldwide between 2000 and 2021. The first was stolen in Germany and the most recent in Florida.

120 engines in 20 years !!! ................ must all be in Iran or Russia

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/bizarre-theft-wave-targets-same-rotax-engines-used-in-iranian-drones

Meanwhile, somewhere in Belarus, supposed Javelin decoy kettle !!? 

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

29-Oct

That Javelin kettle + 360 degree cope cage is something else. 

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

29-Oct

DIY Suicide Drone, with a pretty hefty munition paired to a pretty small quadcopter.

https://www.reddit.com/r/CombatFootage/comments/yfptgo/ukrainian_stugna_battalion_using_a_diy_kamikaze/

Flakpanzer in action against Iranian drones:

https://www.reddit.com/r/CombatFootage/comments/yfmicx/during_the_night_a_german_donated_gepard_is/

Critical shortage of Flakpanzer 35mm ammo due to swiss transfer refusal:

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/report--germany-pressures-switzerland-to-re-export-tank-ammo-to-ukraine/48010216

New UA developed long range spotting drone:

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

29-Oct

Pretty interesting blog from a US volunteer in Ukraine:

https://ukrainevolunteer297689472.wordpress.com/

Relevant to the thread, he discusses Drones being a huge factor for his small recon element, and their experimentation with a DIY delivery drone for delivering ammo..

Mr. T (MrT4)

From: Mr. T (MrT4)

29-Oct

I am calling it BS at this stage ... lets say it might be someone writing war stories from his couch...

''He has one of those tiny FLIR ones, and an -, think it is an -. The FLIR  is a- , or ,something like that . It could fly into your eye and you wouldn't notice''

..and it gets better ,Hmmmm what kind of volunteer is this guy ''dad's army'', last US soldier left Vietnam 50y ago, So he is what 70+ y old , if he lost several years of his life span in ''Nam'' because he couldn't fly an invisible drone  into Vietnamese huts

''If we would have had those little FLIR fuckers in Vietnam we could have flown one into hooches, adding several years to my life span'' 

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

29-Oct

The age thing to me is the oddest part to be sure. On the other hand, its not unprecedented, especially for a SF/CIA paramilitary type. There have been reports of a number of older (although more often in the 40-50yr old) foreign volunteers.

The famous case is Billy Waugh, who was 72 during the initial invasion of Afghanistan, and ended up participating in every war from Korea 1951 to Iraq 2003.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Waugh

https://www.reddit.com/r/Military/comments/1hq5xd/album_of_billy_waughs_deployment_with_special/

The tiny flir drone description is actually consistent with the Black Hornets sent to Ukraine. These have been around for a number of years.

https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-black-hornets-micro-drones-uk-norway/32010443.html

'Fly into your eye without noticing' is conversational hyperbole, but they are extremely quiet compared to a normal civilian quadcopter:

Flir Black Hornet PRS Drone

Thanks to a generous benefactor for lending me a Flir Black Hornet to check out.

There are now civilian, 3D printed copies of the hornet, albeit much less capable in terms of FLIR.

...

The blog could be bullshit to be sure, but its a ton of effort going back months for a little read blog with no monetization. And if it was propaganda youd think they would omit the vietnam/old man aspect as that prompts quite a bit of skepticism?

TOP