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  1. No...they are very much muzzleloaders, as can be seen in this video : Also if you look at the PDF on Mjölner on BAEs website, it clearly states that they are muzzle loaded. https://www.baesystems.com/en/product/mjolner
  2. No only 2.....the 2 tubes on top is used to manually reload the lower pair, which is the actual (muzzleloaded)mortar barrels. The Mjölner looks kind of cool and futuristic, but it really is a quite primitive system. Completely manual loading process with one loader per barrel, a manually traversed turret, limited to a firing arc of only 60 degrees in azimuth. And as far as i can tell no integrated fire control system like most other modern vehicle based mortar systems has. (could be wrong about that though) On the other hand its probably going to be reliable, cheap and easy to maintain. Plus it has a very respectable ammunition stowage capacity of 104 rounds. Still ... a little bit too much of a low-budget solution IMO.
  3. Or turrets ....from this years "tank biathlon" : Result of moronic tank jumping :
  4. Que??...i sure hope you are not referring to the beautiful CV90s?..😉
    ????Hard to rate without a password for "blue";-) .....only red and green teams are playable.
  5. I wouldnt exactly call 3 rounds in 30 seconds "burst" fire....its about half the ROF of real SPHs like K9 and PZH 2000. And unlike the latter, due to its slow ROF, the CAESAR doesnt actually have true MRSI capability. Good to know.....the painfully slow deployment of the spade was something i noticed too when watching the promo video. Its a process that shouldn't take more than 5-10 seconds max . Actually they have.....the Demo version of CAESAR 8x8 shown at Eurosatory last year , featured an automatic ammunition magazine and a loader arm that would pick up the shell directly from the magazine. For some inexplicable reason (most likely cost) we (DK) have chosen NOT to get CAESAR with that auto magazine. IDK....i tend to think that the exposed crew issue is somewhat overblown ....mostly because the chance of our SPHs ever being subjected to counter battery fire is very close to nil.....and also because the other tracked SPHs like PZH and K9 isnt actually THAT much better armored......their armor offer little more than splinter protection anyway. Wrt to enemy UAVs or helos , the entire Danish ground forces is going to have to learn how to deal with that threat anyway......a good start being the planned acquisition of GBAD systems and surveillance radars. While i too was hoping for a tracked SPH like K9, i must admit i kind of like the CAESAR......it has a very good gun, and is a proven system. Being a lot cheaper it would have made a lot of sense in twice the numbers......in other words, i would rather have 30 CAESARs than 15 K9s......but back to reality. We basically chose the cheapest SPH on the planet and still could only "afford" a measly 15 !...which tells me that we are lucky to get any new artillery at all......if only more expensive tracked options would have been available , there is a good chance that our entire artillery capability would have suffered the same fate as our submarine service(and the dodo).
  6. Hmm....i have just had a dig through my old technical documentation on our Leo's ....in the manual "TDv 2350/069-10 DK ......Beschreibung, KPz Leopard 2 A5 DK" , KMW simply calls the applique armor "zusatzpanzerung turm /wanne ( as in add-on armor turret and hull) ...more specifically the front wedge is listed as "adaptive panzerung" and the side armor " schwenkbare panzerung. (because it swings open i guess)
  7. Huh?.....where does that come from? ....In the decade or so i have frequented this site, i cant recall ever having come across anybody "hating" on the Abrams. Quite the contrary in fact, The M1 is often highlighted as the best modern tank design, and used as the gold standard against which all other tanks is measured.
  8. Thats a bit rich, coming from someone whose country surrendered in a matter of hours in WW2 and which hasn't actually won a war since 1612 ! Militarily speaking , we might well be called the Italy of Scandinavia , except of course that would be an insult to the Italians. Whereas their reputation for lack of military prowess is of largely recent (as in 20th century ) origin , WE have been consistently useless and incompetent for centuries. A Dane mocking the French for military cowardice is the ultimate example of hypocrisy.
  9. Well the Danish designation for T0W is M/87 suggesting a DOI of ca 1987 I seem to remember that our M113 TOW got their thermal capability before our Leopard 1s did with the A5 upgrade in 92-93. So around 1990 would be my guess...
  10. http://www.janes.com/article/67279/netherlands-outlines-afv-upgrades A small consolation price for losing the tanks....still better than nothing. Fingers crossed that the spike missile finds its way onto Danish CV9035s as well.
  11. No we didn't......after we lost a driver in an IED strike, the lowest row of ammo were replaced with concrete rounds, but the rest stayed. Later the hull ammo rack was replaced with a new 22 round armored version, as part of the full mine protection upgrade all our Leos in Helmand received.
  12. Absolutely......The performance of the latter concept in the real world (and in real combat) is very much still unknown. Just as the advantage of such a configuration is obvious on a linear, one-directional battlefield, so is the limitations and weaknesses when operating in an urban environment , or a 360 degree battlespace like in Syria.
  13. Exactly.....and as we are seeing in Syria, moden warfare is turning out to be a 360 degree business. In such an environment situational awareness becomes crucial, and it seems a step change in allround surveillance capability is just as needed as an active protection system is. Precisely the lack of SA seems to have been a weakness in the Turkish tank units, and have no doubt contributed to their losses.
  14. No....These 2 Leos and the armored car were captured intact by ISIS and subsequently destroyed by the Turkish Air Force weeks ago.
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