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  1. The "M" was the suffix of the serial number on the non-SA AIMS tank I received in 2007. I don't know what it's doing on the SEPv3, but at the time, we were told it was for the new management system the tank had.
  2. Hell, even without the memory and speech, I should look so good at 97.
  3. 1) They did not sell out. In fact, they weren't paid anything at all except expenses. They came along for, mainly, three reasons. a) It was an opportunity for them to reach a wider audience, and speak to more people than ordinarily read their books. b) They got to meet each other, a rare event. They spent most of the time comparing notes, and bettering their own knowledge is good for the tank community as a whole. c) They thought it might be... (gasp)... Fun! And it was, they all enjoyed themselves immensely. This was the philosophy when that meeting was set up, and also the "Inside the Hatch
  4. For the record (and though the hijack is about over) ZSU-23-4M2 is a dedicated ground combat variant with the radar system removed and night vision added. Just saying.
  5. In fairness, it was better than most. You don't see many of those documentaries these days interviewing the partipants. I had a manual M1 Abrams for a while. Not the fault of the designer, just the hydraulic system decided to turn into a lubrcation system for the gunner's lap. Or maybe it was the fault of the designer, it seemed to happen on more than one tank. NTM
  6. Can't find anything which supports that. Not saying it never happened, it just seems hard to verify. NTM
  7. OK. The CVR(T)s were initially built with Pilkington Optronics Raven Day/Night Sights. The day channel has x1 and x10 mag, the night channel (image intensifiers) are x1.6 and x5.8. The thermal imager upgrade is a little more complicated. A number of Scimitars had the Ravens replaced with SPIRE, by Thales. This saw service in Kosovo. It incorporates the Raytheon HIRE 1st Gen thermal imager, with an LRF and Thales FCS. The BGTI upgrade is currently being applied to both Scimitars and Warriors. Group 1 is the Warrior ICV and Scimitar CVR(T). It is a multi-capability upgrade which incorporates muc
  8. I have the answer, but it's at home in my copy of Jane's Armour and Artillery Upgrades 2008-2009 (I saw it when I was flicking through). Give me a day. NTM
  9. Bronze here. It's really given these days as an 'attaboy' for service more than anything else. I'm not convinced the Armor Association is particularly picky, after all, they need the money and advertising. NTM
  10. I didn't even do that. But to the original point, I used permanent marker. Grease pens or water-soluble or whatnot gets problematic when it's raining. NTM
  11. Been trying to update one of my scenarios to 2.538. The amphibious assaults keep failing, the riverbanks are far too steep below the waterline (they're fine above the water). Something in the map editor which can be used to highlight a riverbank and say 'Scaleable' would be very nice. If I've not missed something which already exists. NTM
  12. As opposed to a gunner's sight which is all but stationary, whilst the tank seat you're in is being thrown up and down or spun around? Occupational hazard of tanking, just adds to the realism. NTM
  13. What's the little one at the very end of the first pic? An AMX-10P 105mm? NTM
  14. Mr Gibson appears to have a point. If you compare with the real tanks... The four bolt-holes are present, but without the CITV mounting plate. They are also present on the A1. As a further piece of trivia, the use of the bolts for the mounting of roadwheels is officially prohibited. Just very few people seem to pay any attention to it. They're for installing the turret lifting eyes. https://www.logsa.army.mil/psmag/archives/PS2009/684/684-05.pdf NTM
  15. No, the version in the SA is the FLIR as found in the A2SEP. Closer to the TC's screen on the Leo2A6. NTM
  16. I don't believe there's a difference in thermal imager in the real one. It was always a source of some despair for me that despite the GPS/TIS unit being an easily removed module that when we replaced it due to defect, we always got the same, old, type back in. I guess just nobody in Congress decided to fund an upgrade. It's not until you get to the M1A1 AIM (SA), which is only being fielded in the last year or two that you have an improvement in the thermal sight. NTM
  17. To a very large extent, it is. The problem has been that MGs in waiting have been unable to get away from 'home' for long enough to actually complete the course. So the course comes to them. Bear in mind that MG school is primarily a schoolhouse event, it consists of very little time on the tank itself because, well, they already know how to operate the tank. You don't need to have the tank physically present to pore over the circuit diagrams or cannon parts when the class has the cannon in it. I've taken a gander inside those trailers, it seems to have most anything I can imagine a MG class w
  18. Apparently the 'now' has been deleted from the verbiage when firing CR2. The computer delay whilst it waits for the perfect coincidence between sight and gun can be over a second long, so the gunner presses and holds down the trigger upon the end of 'firing'. Of course, they also call it 'fin', not 'sabot'... NTM
  19. Right, but at the airport, they f aced T-55s, not T-80s. Plus you have the problem that after the Cold War ended, target practice on acquired vehicles indicated the 105mm ammunition could -not- reliably kill T-72 from the front, at least until DU ammo came out. I have a feeling that when T-72Bs are squaring off against M60A3s or Leopard 1s that there are going to be a lot of bouncing rounds. NTM
  20. Not really correct. Most M60A3s were built with a searchlight. Early versions had the AN/VSS-1, whilst later versions built as Passives from the factory came with AN/VSS-3As. Some of the VSS-1 tanks which were upgraded to Passives also received the VSS-3A, whilst others simply removed the searchlight entirely. When the TTS (Tank Thermal Sight) upgrade came out for the US Army in 1980, 1,686 were built like that new from the factory, and 3,600 were conversions of M60A3 Passives. At that point the searchlight was almost always removed. Similarly another 114 were retrofits of M60A1 Passives to TT
  21. In fairness, when the real one goes off, you end up blinking which is pretty blinding for as long as your eyelids are closed, and then you're partially blinded as the world is still vibrating until things settle down... NTM
  22. You can't. Somebody put transparent thermal tape on the windshield in the shape of the interior. NTM
  23. Wait, they actually made it? I thought the trailer was speculative. [ETA]I don't know what it is about Hinds, but they exude such 'mean-ness' that I'd almost prefer to have one as top cover over an Apache. NTM
  24. The FLIR is a SEP enhancement, and the x50 is actually a digital enhancement, not a zoom. It's not on the regular M1A2. I'm unsure about the dual-axis mirror, that may be on a regular A2 but it's effectively another FCS to model. NTM
  25. That is correct, don't forget that the computer does not apply that estimate. It works out exactly what the lead is, be it one mil or seven. And the reticle should not jump off the target. I'm impressed that you remember the values off the top of your head, mind, but they're being inappropriately applied when it comes to normal mode gunnery. The current manual does not bother with a manual lead calculation. It just instructs the gunner to work off those initial lead values and adjust accordingly. They probably figured it was quicker to fire two shots than trying to do maths. NTM
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