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FPV drone obliterates a Russian tank.


The video is remarkable mainly for the power of the detonation that followed an FPV drone attack on a Russian tank. Reputedly the victim of an attack by the 59th Motorized Brigade, the drone appears to detonate very close to the turret, presumably resulting in the near-instantaneous cook-off of the stowed ammunition, which almost totally obliterates the tank.
 
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The problem with that tank is probably that it was made in a kleptocracy. When everyone has to get a "taste" corners get cut. The dictator (who should know better) prefers to believe he an his cronies got their grift without consequence.

If I remember correctly, the T72 is the one with the catostrophic ammo storage flaw. The T90 is supposed to have fixed that. It has a fully automatic loader from protected storage.

Please correct any details I got wrong.
 

Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire Shot Down With S-200 (SA-5) Missile

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186 mile shot.
 
The problem with that tank is probably that it was made in a kleptocracy. When everyone has to get a "taste" corners get cut. The dictator (who should know better) prefers to believe he an his cronies got their grift without consequence.

If I remember correctly, the T72 is the one with the catostrophic ammo storage flaw. The T90 is supposed to have fixed that. It has a fully automatic loader from protected storage.

Please correct any details I got wrong.
You are essentially correct, but first some history. As Talyn has mentioned before, the Russians have their own design philosophy which has been praised for no good reason. The myth of the T-34 as being the best tank of WWII is just that, a myth. No turret basket/fighting compartment, poorly arranged hatches, lousy fire control (German tankers used to say don't worry about the Russians, they always miss with the first shot), and frontal armor actually thinner than a Sherman's but sloped a little more. Produce the hell out of them and throw in some Central Asian cannon fodder as the crew and go for broke. Incidentally, turret pop was not just happening to Russian tanks. Below is a photo of German tank ace Michael Wittman's Tiger after being hit by either a British Firefly or a Canadian 75mm Sherman (some debate on this)

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As I mentioned months ago, the T-72 was designed to spearhead breakthrough troops in a set piece assault with a device in the tanks that allowed adjustments continuous fire on our positions as they advanced. For this an auto-loader was necessary with ammo stored in a carousel in the crew compartment. And that is the crux of the matter as you mentioned -ammo storage in the turret, not the auto-loader per se. I wouldn't consider the T-72 through T-90 as a multi-role main battle tank such as the Abrams, Leo, or Challenger. It's functionality is limited to its assault role by design, despite improvements. Here is an interesting discussion on the subject:


So the key is storage away from the crew with some sort of vent mechanism (blow out panels) if hit. As they mention, there is only one tank which has main gun ammo completely separate from the crew behind armored doors and that's the Abrams. Keeping the ammo separate from the crew and having an auto-loader is a difficult proposition and adds a lot of weight and complexity. It's one of the reasons we've kept a human loader and went with armored ammo doors, blow out panels, and fire suppression systems that actually work.
 
 
Footage has emerged showing the recent destruction of a Russian S-300 or S-400 air defense system by a U.S.-made Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), a short-range ballistic missile that Ukraine has used in a string of high-profile strikes since its introduction last year. The video is perhaps the most dramatic demonstration so far of Ukraine’s ongoing efforts to nullify the threat posed by these long-range air defense systems, which threaten Ukrainian aircraft and standoff weapon operations over a radius of up to 250 miles, depending on the variant.


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Russia losing a strategic early warning radar system is a new twist in the Ukraine conflict that could have further reaching ramifications.


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That building is specifically designed to track aircraft with nuclear weapons. Now who has the weapons to hit this target deep inside Russia❓
 
That building is specifically designed to track aircraft with nuclear weapons. Now who has the weapons to hit this target deep inside Russia❓
Long-range Ukrainian drones.

The drone attacks by Ukraine reportedly hit Russia's third biggest oil refinery and a drone factory nearly 800 miles (1,200km) from the frontline

They've also struck as far as St. Petersburg, and the radar site in the article isn't near that far. Look at the map in the article if you haven't read it.

Ukraine is set to deploy drones with a range of up to 2,500 km this year.
 
Long-range Ukrainian drones.

The drone attacks by Ukraine reportedly hit Russia's third biggest oil refinery and a drone factory nearly 800 miles (1,200km) from the frontline

They've also struck as far as St. Petersburg, and the radar site in the article isn't near that far. Look at the map in the article if you haven't read it.

Ukraine is set to deploy drones with a range of up to 2,500 km this year.
Well it sure looks like WW III is fast approaching with NATO/CIA/EU. Remember: Duck and Cover ❓
 
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