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Ukraine weapons thread   General Military Discussion

Started 24/2/22 by gatnerd; 160347 views.
gatnerd

From: gatnerd

26-Apr

schnuersi said:

The big new today is that Germany will now supply Gepard SPAA to Ukraine

I found the term 'flakpanzer' especially cool when looking those up.

Whats the general condition / effectiveness of those? Wiki says they were phased out in 2010.

And can they fire the newer 'AHEAD' rounds, or mostly just the APDS frangible loads? 

BruhMomento

From: BruhMomento

27-Apr

golf carts with anti tank??? this is comical 

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

27-Apr

Comical yet proven on the battlefield:

Ukrainian Special Operations Forces fire a UTV-mounted 9M111 Fagot ATGM at Russian targets

Ukrainian Special Operations Forces fire a UTV-mounted 9M111 Fagot anti-tank guided missile system at Russian targets#StandWithUkraine? #StopRussia #ArmUkrai...

I've seen multiple versions of this basic setup.

Vehicle is the surprisingly capable Polaris cart, which are tailor made for off road use and can haul 500lbs of stuff in the back, and capable of ~50mph on paved roads, and gets ~25mpg. Its also narrow enough to travel along narrower trails then a conventional vehicle. 

https://ranger.polaris.com/en-us/ranger-xp-1000/

Its a similar concept to the 'Desert Patrol Vehicle' dune buggy previously used by US SF:

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

And US SF and Marines are also looking into larger polaris cart-jeep hybrids for themselves, although as transport rather then tank destroyers:

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/12/22/marine-corps-tactical-dune-buggy-getting-bunch-new-upgrades.html

  • Edited 27 April 2022 2:09  by  gatnerd
schnuersi

From: schnuersi

27-Apr

gatnerd said:

Whats the general condition / effectiveness of those? Wiki says they were phased out in 2010.

They have been phased out in 2010. Allthough for budget reasons. Not because the system was not effective or not usefull. The current condition is ok-ish. Not great but they can be refurbished quickly.

gatnerd said:

And can they fire the newer 'AHEAD' rounds, or mostly just the APDS frangible loads?

To my knowledge they currently can't. This upgrade among others was discussed befor the phase out but not implemented because of it. Especially against helicopters the FAPDS is very effective. I guess not so much against small drones.

Back in the day we often trained with Gepard units. Several times I have seen them on a shooting range. They system is pretty impressive. To my knowledge it was never used in combat befor so we will have to wait and see how it works out.

schnuersi

From: schnuersi

27-Apr

BruhMomento said:

golf carts with anti tank??? this is comical

Every solution that compensates for the shortcomings of a system without compromising its strength is a good one.
The shortcoming of an ATGM system is mobility. Its strength is small size. So the smallest vehicle that can give it the required mobility is the best solution.

The German Wiesel ATGM carrier basically is a golf cart with tracks. Its also a bit more durable with very light protection but its of the same size.

Such simple ATGM carriers are also dirt cheap.

The downside is they are still highly suceptible to autocannon and artillery fire.

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

27-Apr

schnuersi said:

To my knowledge it was never used in combat befor so we will have to wait and see how it works out.

That will be exciting to see how it works then, given how long it has been in service.

Its a super cool looking vehicle.

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

27-Apr

Since both Ukraine and Russia are making extensive use of 30x165mm ACs on their various IFVs, a look at x165 ammo and its effects:

https://thesovietarmourblog.blogspot.com/p/30x165mm-cartridges.html

Really fantastic look at the shells and their performance; a few random grabs from the website. I'm always delighted when I stumble across an obscure blog thats rich in info. 

Time of flight:

Wall penetration:

gatnerd

From: gatnerd

27-Apr

schnuersi said:

The German Wiesel ATGM carrier basically is a golf cart with tracks. Its also a bit more durable with very light protection but its of the same size. Such simple ATGM carriers are also dirt cheap.

That thing is adorably badass:

The Polaris are I think a great option for a modern version of the concept:

-Polaris widely used by civilians, with a proven track record for reliability and both spare and aftermarket parts

-Polaris currently used by US military 

-Vehicle is less then 1 ton, cheap, and capable off road

Their big brother, the 4 seat Polaris MRZR, is being used by US SF as a Javelin carrier / desert Jeep:

https://www.reddit.com/r/MilitaryPorn/comments/75uiof/us_socom_polaris_mrzr_light_tactical_vehicles/

I think a small country could do a hell of lot worse then having a bunch of ATGM tactical golf carts. 

Theres also a snow version in use by the Italians:

https://www.reddit.com/r/MilitaryPorn/comments/q6ufrk/italiani_alpini_troops_using_a_special_polaris/

  • Edited 27 April 2022 5:33  by  gatnerd
BruhMomento

From: BruhMomento

27-Apr

Interesting. Thanks for the info man!

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