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Trijicon MRO

The Trijicon MRO is newest release from Trjicon. MRO stands for Minature Rifle Optic. In this episode Ben gives you his inititial impressions and some of the specs. This little optic has a bright future ahead of it.


Black Hawk Down – Official Trailer

Black Hawk Down is a 2001 British-American war film co-produced and directed by Ridley Scott. The screenplay by Ken Nolan is adapted from the book of the same name by Mark Bowden, which in turn based on a series of articles published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The 29-part series chronicled the events of a 1993 raid in Mogadishu by the U.S. military aimed at capturing faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid and the ensuing firefight, known as the Battle of Mogadishu.
The film features a large ensemble cast, including Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Jason Isaacs, Tom Hardy, and Sam Shepard. It won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 74th Academy Awards. The movie was received positively by American film critics, but was strongly criticized by a number of foreign groups and military officials.

The Ultra Heavy LVS Truck in Action – Logistics Vehicle and Towing System Moving Tons of Material

LVS (Logistics Vehicle System) has been developed by the Oshkosh Corporation in the United States. Its a 8-wheel structure that is operating in the United States Marine Corps (tractor unit four-wheel, trailer unit 4-wheel), large-scale military for transportation of load capacity of 10 ~ 20t.
The vehicle can also be operated as a Tow Truck.
Videos Credit: Cpl. William Kresse and Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot

Piranha IIIC DF90 Fire Support Vehicle

The MOWAG Piranha is a family of armoured fighting vehicles designed by the Swiss company MOWAG (since April 2010 the name has changed to General Dynamics European Land Systems – Mowag GmbH).
Five generations of vehicles have been produced, manufactured by Mowag or under licence by other companies, and variants are in service with military forces throughout the world.
In 2006 Belgian Army ordered a number of Swiss MOWAG Piranha IIIC 8×8 armored personnel carriers and a host of their variants to meet their armored infantry vehicle requirement. A total of 242 vehicles, including variants were ordered. 40 of these vehicles were fitted with CMI Defence 90-mm turret. Other sources report that currently only 18 of these vehicles are in service with Belgian Army and 22 vehicles are optional for supplementary orders. These are known as Piranha IIIC Direct Fire 90 or DF90. First vehicles were delivered in 2008.
This fire support vehicle has significant strategic and tactical mobility. It can support other Piranha IIIC 8×8 armored vehicles with direct fire. Operational concept behind these mobile lightly armored units is stressed on speed, deployability and maneuverability to counter enemy forces.
The main role of this Belgian artillery system is to support infantry. It is effective against lightly armored and soft skin vehicles. It can also engage buildings and fortifications. However it is not effective against modern main battle tanks. The 90-mm gun do not has adequate firepower for this mission. It is worth noting that most other countries are fielding fire support vehicles, armed with more powerful 105-mm or 120-mm guns. It seems that these were to heavy for the Piranha IIIC 8×8 chassis, so the 90-mm gun was selected.
This fire support vehicle is fitted with Belgian CMI Defence LCTS90 two-man turret. It is armed with a medium-pressure Cockerill Mk.8 90-mm gun. The gun is loaded manually. The gun is fully-stabilized and can fire accurately on the move at moving targets. It is worth noting that the CMI Defence is a world leader in 90-mm guns and turrets.
A wide range of ammunition is available for this gun. It can also fire newly developed high efficiency ammunition. Maximum range of fire is about 2.2 km. Indirect range of fire is up to 7.8 km. This gun can also launch Ukrainian Falarick 90 anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary rounds. These missiles have laser guidance. However it is unknown if Belgian fire support vehicles use these missiles.
A total of 37 rounds are carried by the vehicle. 17 rounds are stored in the turret bustle and are ready to use. Remaining 20 rounds are stored inside the turret.
There is a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Another 7.62-mm MG is mounted on the roof.
This fire support vehicle has advanced fire control system with a panoramic commander’s sight. Vehicle has a hunter-killer engagement capability.
The LCTS90 turret can be also mounted on other wheeled or tracked armored vehicles in a weight class of 10 to 20 t. It is used on Kuwaitian Pandur 6×6 fire support vehicles, Quatari and Saudi Arabian Piranha II 8×8 fire support vehicles.
The Belgian Piranha IIIC DF90 fire support vehicle has a modular scaleable armor protection against small arms fire, mine blasts and RPG rounds. It could be tailored, to suit specific mission requirements. Baseline turret armor provides protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Add-on armor can be fitted for a higher level of protection. Vehicle has a special underfloor design, that provides protection against landmines and improvised explosive devices. This machine is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.
This artillery system is operated by a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver.
This fire support vehicle is powered by a Caterpillar C9 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 400 hp. Engine is located at the front. It is mated to ZF 7-speed automatic gearbox. Vehicle has a modern independent wheel suspension. It is claimed that this vehicle has cross-country mobility comparable to that of tracked vehicles. This vehicle no longer has amphibious capability due to increased weight.

M1A2 SEP Main Battle Tank

The M1 Abrams was developed during the Cold War as a successor to the canceled MBT-70. The M1 Abrams contract went to Chrysler Defense and was the first vehicle to adopt Chobham armor. Adaptations before the Persian Gulf War (Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm) gave the vehicle better firepower and NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) protection. Being vastly superior to Iraqi tanks, very few M1 tanks were hit by enemy fire. Upgrades after the war improved the tank’s weapons sights and fire control unit. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 destroyed Iraq’s military. Vulnerabilities in urban combat were addressed with the TUSK modification. Three main versions of the M1 Abrams have been deployed, the M1, M1A1, and M1A2, incorporating improved armament, protection, and electronics. These improvements and other upgrades to in-service tanks have allowed this long-serving vehicle to remain in front-line service. In addition, development for the improved M1A3 version has been known since 2009. The M1A2 System Enhancement Package (SEP) is a successor to the M1A2. It is also an upgrade package for the older Abrams tanks. It has improved armor protection, improved system components, improved computer components, and some other improvements. First upgraded tank was delivered in 1999. A total of 240 M1A2 SEP tanks were newly built. Another 300 M1A2 tanks were upgraded to M1A2 SEP standard. Furthermore 400 oldest M1A1 tanks were upgraded to M1A2 SEP. Also unknown number of the basic refurbished M1 tanks were upgraded to this standard. So the US military operates at least 900 main battle tanks upgraded to this standard. It is the backbone of the US military armored forces. This tank has not been exported. It is planned that the fleet of refurbished and upgraded M1A1 tanks will remain with the US military service until at least 2021. The M1A2 tanks will remain in service beyond 2050. The M1A2 SEP is one of the best main battle tanks in the world. It has incredible technology and armor. Upgraded tanks are slightly heavier than the baseline M1A2. The baseline M1A2 tank uses advanced armor, reinforced with depleted uranium layers. The M1A2 SEP has a further upgraded depleted uranium armor components with graphite coating. Protection of this MBT is considered as one of the best in the world. The M1A2 SEP has significant level of protection against all known anti-tank weapons. It can also employ counter-IED equipment. Protection can be further increased with add-on explosive reactive armor. The tank is armed with the same 120-mm M256 smoothbore gun as its predecessor. Range of effective fire is in excess of 4 km. It can fire the M829A3 APFSDS rounds with depleted uranium penetrator and M1028 canister rounds that discharges massive blast of tungsten fragments at muzzle exit. This round has devastating lethality against assaulting infantry between a range of 200-500 meters. Ammunition for the main gun is stored in the turret bustle, fitted with blow-out panels. The SEPv2 (version 2) added CROWS or CROWS 2 remotely operated weapon station, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun. This weapon can be fired from inside of the tank without exposing the crew to enemy fire. Also there are two 7.62-mm machine guns. One of them is mounted coaxially with the main gun. The other is mounted on top of the roof and is operated by the gunner. The SEPv3 (version 3) was publicly revealed in 2015. Today it is the most modern version of the Abrams tank. It has a number of upgrades in the area of survivability, maintainability, fuel efficiency, and network capabilities. Main survivability upgrades are the new armor package and improved anti-IED capability. Testing of this upgraded tank is planned to be completed in 2016. The SEPv3 should be delivered to the US Army starting in 2017. The M1A2 SEP has a more advanced fire control system with upgraded ballistic computer. Both the gunner’s sight and commander’s independent thermal viewer use new 2nd generation FLIR technology and have improved thermal imaging and night vision capabilities. Commander and gunner can designate and track multiple targets simultaneously. This gives the tank a hunter-killer engagement capability. This tank is fitted with a digital battlefield management system. It allows commanders to track friendly and hostile forces on the battlefield. This system is near real-time based. Locations of friendly vehicles are constantly updated. This system increases vehicle commander’s situational awareness. This tank is operated by a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.