Monday, 24 March 2014

T-99 Armata (Universal Combat Platform - UCP) Main Battle Tank / Universal Combat Vehicle (Russia)

T-99 Armata (Universal Combat Platform - UCP) Main Battle Tank / Universal Combat Vehicle (Russia)

An artist concept view of the new Russian tank.


An artist concept view of the T99. Despite Russian occupation with ever higher caliber guns for their new tanks, the T-99 will be equipped with an improved version of the current 125mm cannon.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Grumman F-14 Tomcat Carrier Borne Air Defence / Air Superiority Fighter (USA)


Grumman F-14 Tomcat Carrier Borne Air Defence / Air Superiority Fighter (USA)

An F-14A of VF-84 Jolly Rogers, in a 1970s color scheme

The last F-14 take-off from a carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelton 28 July 2006

U.S. Navy F-14D conducts a mission over thePersian Gulf-region on November 5, 2005.
Rearview of the F-14 showing the area between the engine nacelles


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Remington R11 RSASS rifle / Semi-Automatic Sniper System (USA)


Remington R11 RSASS rifle / Semi Automatic Sniper System (USA)


Remington R11 RSASS rifle 


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Ares Defense Ares-16 Small Arms Family Modular Automatic Weapon (USA)

Ares Defense Ares-16 Small Arms Family Modular Automatic Weapon (USA)
Ares 15 MCR Machine gun

Ares 16 AMG with the three types of barrel assembly


Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Ares Defense Systems, Incorporated -US
Initial Year of Service: 2012
Overall Length: 876mm (34.49in)
Barrel Length: 413.00mm (16.26in)
Weight (Empty): 7.50lbs (3.40kg)
Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO; .223 Remington
Action: Gas-Operated; Short Stroke Tappet; Selective Fire
Feed: 20- or 30-round detachable box magazine; belt
fed optional
Rate-of-Fire: 700 rounds per minute
Range: 1,968ft (600m; 656yds)
Sights: Iron Front and Rear; Optional Optics
Variants:
Ares-16 MGR - Base Assault Weapon; configurable
through barrel length options and supported optical
and tactical accessories for carbine, assault rifle and
DMR roles.
Ares-16 AMG-1 - Base Belt-Fed Light Machine Gun
Variant as a squad support or mounted weapon.
Ares-16 AMG-2 - Belt-Fed/Box Magazine Light
Machine Gun Variant as a squad support or mounted
weapon



The automatic rifle has evolved considerably from its
rather single-minded battlefield role to become a
modular infantry-level system. This approach has
been seen in designs prior such as the Stoner 63 of
the 1960s and several more modern offerings since.
Ares Defense Systems has developed their new
Ares-16 family as just that - a single solution of
modular design that can be modified to fulfill a variety
of battlefield roles including that of assault carbine,
assault rifle and light machine gun. In many ways the
Ares-16 is a further evolution of the globally popular
AR-15/M4/M16 family of automatic weapons
complete with its classic M16-styling. The patented
receiver unit is officially configurable as a sub-
carbine, carbine, assault rifle, Designated Marksman
Rifle (DMR), assault machine gun (magazine- or belt-
fed) and mounted machine gun. With its lightweight
construction, the Ares-16 family provides the balance
of the more compact M4 Carbine with the firepower
inherent of a larger Light Machine Gun (LMG) such as
the M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) - more or
less in the body of the M16.
The Ares-16 family is headlined by the Ares-16
"MCR" ("Modular Combat Rifle") which is the base
assault weapon form. It sports a familiar M16-style
receiver unit the angled, ergonomic pistol grip,
forward-set magazine well and collapsible butt stock.
The magazine well accepts the standard M16-style
curved magazine and is chambered for the
5.56x45mm NATO (.223 Remington) cartridge. There
is a section of MIL-STD 1913 rail across the top of
the receiver for the mounting of optics to couple with
the standard front and rear iron sighting devices. The
handguard shrouding the barrel at the receiver is
perforated for proper heat dissipation and also sports
sections of rail for additional accessories to be
mounted in the form of laser aimers, tactical
flashlights and even an adjustable bipod (for the fire
support role). The barrel is interchangeable (marketed
as a "quick change" design) to suit operator tastes
and mission requirements and comes in lengths of
12", 16.25" and 20". Barrels are furthermore capped
by and M16-style slotted flash suppressor and can be
fitted with a sound suppressor for clandestine work.
Due to its use of lightweight alloys, the lightest
configurable Ares-16 form is a handy 7.5lbs. With the
16.25" barrel in place, the weapon measures 34.55"
long (876mm). The action is of a gas-operated, open-
bolt design using a short stroke tappet which allows
for a rate-of-fire between 625 and 1,000 rounds per
minute out to 600 meters. To maintain the flexibility
of preceding M4/M16 marks, the Ares-16 also
supports an underslung grenade launcher to broaden
the tactical flexibility of the standard infantryman.
The AMG-1 ("AMG" = "Assault Machine Gun") is the
belt-fed, Light Machine Gun (LMG) version of the
Ares-16 family. It is fed through the NATO standard
M27 linked ammunition belt. All other functions of the
rifle remain the same including barrel length options,
rate-of-fire and the gas-operated action. The AMG-2
is also a belt-fed design but also supports feeding
from M16-style detachable box magazines. All of the
Ares-16 weapons support select-fire though  
management along the receiver side.
The Ares-16 family is recognized as a "One Weapon,
Any Mission" solution according to Ares Defense. Its
use of the standard 5.56mm NATO cartridge certainly
opens it up to many current and former US arms
allies and its commonality of parts with other
members of the Ares-16 family certainly broaden its
logistical appeal to those forces considering
procurement of the weapon is number. The design's
multirole features could prove of some value in the
fluid, largely urban, fighting fronts being encountered
today.

Monday, 18 November 2013

T-80 Main Battle Tank (Soviet Russia)


T-80 Main Battle Tank (Soviet Russia)

T-80B at the Victory Day Parade 2005
T-80U on exhibition at the Kubinka Tank Museum
T-80BV main battle tank Russia Russian army
T-80U during a test fire.


Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: LKZ / Omsk Transmash - Russia/ Malyshev - Ukraine
Initial Year of Service: 1976
Production: 5,500
Focus Model: T-80
Crew: 3
Overall Length: 31.66ft (9.65m)
Width: 11.75ft (3.58m)
Height: 7.22ft (2.20m)
Weight: 50.7 US Short Tons (46,000kg; 101,413lbs)

Powerplant: 1 x SG-1000 gas turbine engine generating 1,250 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 43mph (70 km/h)
Maximum Range: 273 miles (440 km)
NBC Protection: Yes
Nightvision: Yes
Armament:
1 x 125mm main gun
1 x 12.7mm air defense machine gun
1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun
2 x 4 smoke grenade dischargers
Ammunition:
36 x 125mm projectiles
500 x 12.7mm ammunition
1,250 x 7.62mm ammunition
8 x smoke grenades
5 x AT-8 Songster anti-tank missiles
Variants:
T-80 - Original production model
T-80B - Base production model for full scale manufacturing.
T-80BK - Command Version
T-80BV - Features additional explosive reactive armor.
T-80BVK - Command Version of T-80BV Variant.
T-80U - Diesel engine; Additional armor protection.
T-80UD - 1,100hp diesel engine.
T-80UK - Command Version of T-80U
T-80UE
Operators:
Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; China; Cyprus; Egypt; Kazakhstan; Pakistan; Russia;

South Korea; Soviet Union; Ukraine; Yemen

ARES Stoner 86 and Stoner 96 / Knights LMG light machine guns (USA)


ARES Stoner 86 and Stoner 96 / Knights LMG light machine guns (USA)


Stoner 96 / Knights LMG light machine gun


Stoner 96 / Knights LMG light machine gun


ARES Stoner 86 light machine gun with belt feed




Stoner 86
Stoner 96
Caliber
5,56x45 NATO
5,56x45 NATO
Length
1073 mm
900 mm
Barrel length
550 mm
320 mm
Weight
5.47 kg
4.5 kg
Rate of fire
600 rounds per minute
550 rounds per minute
Feed
Magazines and belt
Belt

Sunday, 17 November 2013

SIG716 Battle Rifle / Carbine / Designated Marksman Rifle (Switzerland)


SIG716 Battle Rifle / Carbine / Designated Marksman Rifle (Switzerland)
SIG716 Patrol
SIG716 Precision Marksmen


SIG 716 PatrolSig 716 Precision Sniper
Caliber:7.62x51 NATO / .308 Winchester
ActionGas operated, short stroke piston, rotary bolt locking
Overall length37.4 in871 mm
Barrel length406 mm / 16"504 mm / 20"
Weight, less magazine 7.6 lbs3.58 kg
Rate of firen/a685 rpm
Magazine capacity10 or 20 rounds

The SIG716 comes from the Swiss gunsmithing concern of SIG Sauer, Incorporated and
first debuted in January of 2011. The weapon makes use of the 7.62x51mm NATO
standard rifle cartridge and is a gas-operated weapon utilizing a short-stroke pushrod
system. The adjustable gas system is a refined form that attempts to lower the chances of
internal fouling of the mechanism and is touted as a very reliable and robust development.
The gas cylinder is fitted over the barrel and taps the gasses from the fired cartridge as it
exits the weapon, using this force to cycle the firing action. The adjustable nature of the
gas system allows the operator to supply the proper amount of pressure to achieve various cycling results. The stock is adjustable to varying lengths from the rear of the
receiver while the receiver itself is conventional in its arrangement and appearance,
closely mimicking the lines of the Colt/Armalite series of automatic weapons while
implementing ambidextrous controls for left-handed or right-handed shooters. The integral
internal working components are all lined in chrome to protect against corrosion and
make for a long-lasting system capable of much abuse. A 20-round detachable box
magazine (SR-25 or PMag types accepted) is inserted in the magazine well ahead of the
pistol grip and trigger unit. Depending on the model (see variant descriptions below), the
barrel extends a short or long distance away from the forend. Four accessories rail
systems complete the design, located along the top of the receiver, the sides of the
forward handguard and the lower region of the handguard. These rails allow for the
installation of various M1913 supported optics, laser aimers, flashlights and forward grips
as required. A flash suppressor is optional as is a sound suppressor.
SIG Sauer has marketed the SIG716 in four major production forms to date, each
differentiated by various barrel lengths, tactical role and other, more subtle variations. The
line begins with the base automatic full-length rifle known as the SIG716 "Patrol Rifle" and
comes with a 16" barrel, 37.40" overall length and Spec trigger system. This is followed
by the shorter SIG716 Carbine which sports a 14.5" barrel length, 36.2" overall length
and Std Mil trigger system. There is a more compact form available in the SIG716 CQB
(Close Quarter Battle ) form that includes a 12.5" barrel length, 34.25" overall length and
an Std Mil-Spec trigger system. A Precision Marksman is also highlighted and this fits a
20" heavy barrel within a 39.4" inch long body and makes use of a 2-stage match trigger
of 5.4lb pull as well as a forward-folding bipod assembly. Unlike the other offerings, the
Precision Marksman is available in semi-automatic fire only. The marksman rifle also
features a 21.25" sight radius unlike the standard 15.5" sight radius found in the other
three forms. The CQB weighs in at 8.4lbs while the Carbine is a handy 9lbs. The fulllength
automatic rifle is 9.3lbs and the marksman version is listed at 10.6lbs.

Variants:
SIG716 CQB "Close Quarter Battle" - Compact Form; 31" length; 12.5" barrel.
SIG716 Carbine - Carbine Form; 33" length; 14.5" barrel.
SIG716 Patrol Rifle -Full-length battle rifle; 34.3" length; 16" barrel.
SIG716 Precision Marksman - Accurized 716 variant; heavy 20" barrel; 2-stage match

trigger; semi-automatic fire only.

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