Visual modification training guys! These are vehicles or weapons of one faction/side, designed to look like the hostile’s weapons, for training purposes.

Above, we have a Bradley or perhaps a M113 vis modded into being a BMP-2.

Here, we have a Humvee vis modded into being a BRDM-2.

Here, we have something soviet, probably a big T-72 or T-55 vis modded into pretending to be a Leopard-2. Well done, Commies! (srsly, this is pretty close!).

And here, we have something soviet vis modded into being a Leopard-1. This is really well done!

Here, we have a M109 Paladin Artillery piece, visually modified to look like a Shilka, Self Propelled Anti-Air piece.

Here, we have a pretty convincing looking M1A2 Abrams, disguising itself as a Soviet T-80 or T-90. Spooky!

Ahh, a Soviet T-64 in it’s natural habitat…Wait. That’s a poorly disguised Sheridan light tank! Good try yanks!

Finally, we have an M1A1 Abrams….Except those are Soviet Crew men? Oh how clever, its yet another visual modification. The Soviets appear to have taken a T-72, and modified the shit out of it. I like the attention to detail, with the little English “US ARMY” on the side. Except I’m fairly sure that the stars were turned from white to black, for camouflage purposes, in the late 1950′s. Well done though, all contestants!


Bovington Tank Museum Part 18

1 to 3) T-55 Enigma. Unofficial name for an upgrade standard applied to a few Iraqi T-55s. According to some Iraqis, the official name was “Al Faw.” As the western name suggests, very little is known about the T-55 Enigma tanks, aside from what can be ascertained from models captured during the Gulf War by Coalition forces. In short, the upgrade standard concerned giving the vehicle a huge amount of crude, but effective, composite armor. The vehicles could, sometimes, resist AT missile strikes. It is estimated that no more than eight (but no fewer than five) Enigma tanks ever existed, with at least four on display in museums today.

4) FV4017 Centurion Mk. 3. The Centurion tank had been built to take a 76.2mm gun, the famous seventeen pounder, but the design allowed for improvements. By 1947 the Royal Ordnance Factory had designed a new 83.4mm weapon, known as the twenty pounder, with a much better performance and this was adopted for a new model Centurion, the Mark 3, which also featured an improved version of the Rolls-Royce Meteor engine. Some 2,800 Mark 3 tanks were completed by 1956. It was the largest production run of any Mark of Centurion tank although many were later rebuilt into other Marks.

5 to 7) A39 Tortoise. British heavy assault tank design developed in WWII but never put into mass production. It was developed for the task of clearing heavily fortified areas and as a result favored armour protection over mobility. Although heavy, at 78 tons, and not readily transported, it was considered reliable and a good gun platform, possessing up to 228mm of armor and a 32-pounder main gun. Only a few prototypes of the Tortoise had been produced by the end of the war.

8) BRDM-2-RKhb. Soviet radiological/chemical reconnaissance vehicle. A scout car designed to detect polluted ground and mark it with flags. The ideal reconnaissance vehicle should be quiet, fast, and above all inconspicuous. However the Russians require many of their combat vehicles to be amphibious and this means that they have to be large. It’s great bulk allows it to float readily. Four belly wheels are stored underneath for additional traction. This specimen was captured from Iraq in 1991.

9 & 10) FV601b Saladin Armored Car. Well armed, highly mobile reconnaissance vehicle. Based on considerable experience in WWII, British designers concluded that a six-wheel drive armored car would be ideal. All six wheels are driven and the front four steer. Similar chassis were created for the Saracen APC. Saladin entered service with the British Army, both Regular and Territorial, from 1958. Its cross-country performance was impressive and the gun proved to be extremely effective, even against tanks in some cases

Submitted by cavalier-renegade.


Work on the creation of armored reconnaissance vehicles (BRDM-1) began at the end of 1954 in the construction Bureau of the Gorky automobile plant, he supervised the work of a leading designer of the company V. K. Rubtsov. Originally it was planned to create a BRDM as a floating option is well known in the army BTR-40 (it is no coincidence that the machine even got an index BTR-40П).

BRDM-2 (Armored Reconnaissance and Patrol vehicle-2) is a result of the modification to the BRDM-1. Serial production lasted from 1963 to 1989 on the Arzamas machine-building plant. Also under license the car was produced in Czechoslovakia, Poland and Yugoslavia. Armor of the machine provides a low level of security, but protects it from shrapnel and small arms bullets. The main advantage of the BRDM-2 is a higher permeability. In addition to all-wheel drive chassis, the tire pressure can be adjusted, there are additional retractable wheels located in the middle of the body and allowing it to move through a large trench and ditches.