The M551 Sheridan, an Armoured Reconnaissance/Airbourne Assult Vehicle (AR/AAV) in service during the Vietnam war, Gulf War and Operation Just Cause in Panama. The Sheridan was designed to be airdropped and was equipped with a 152mm M81E1 Rifled gun which could fire both MGM-51 Shillelagh anti-tank missiles and more conventional ammunition such as the M657 HE shell and the M81 HEAT round. The main complaint from infantry and crews about the M551 Sheridan was its small supply of ammunition, with only 20 rounds of conventional ammunition and 8 missiles, meaning that the Sheridan ran out of ammunition rather quickly if involved in a long lasting engagement.
The LuAZ-967 is a specialized battlefield support vehicle. It was developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the Soviet Union. Its main role is medical evacuation from the battlefield. However this vehicle can also carry supplies, such as ammunition. It can deliver ammunition straight to the trenches. It can be also used as light support vehicle and weapon carrier. In the weapon carrier role it was fitted with 30-mm automatic grenade launcher, AT-4 Spigot anti-tank guided missile launcher, or 82-mm recoilless rifle. The LuAZ-967 was used by airborne troops and possibly other forces. Vehicle has a watertight body and is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by its wheels. Amphibious speed on water is 3 km/h. Due to its compact dimensions it can be easily carried inside aircraft and larger helicopters.
Blind-1 complex electro-optical active protection (a complex optical-electronic counter — KOEP) for protection against anti-tank guided missiles with semi-automatic command guidance system or guided artillery ammunition.
Today marks the 12th Anniversary of a very interesting case of Civil Disobedience in the small Colorado town of Granby.
Back in 2004, local Grand County area man Marvin Heemeyer was absolutely sick of being the victim of zoning laws and his muffler repair business being blocked by a federally funded Concrete batch factory. Like any other good respectable Coloradoan, Mr. Heemeyer decided it was time to take matters into his own hands and began construction a vicious machine. For a year and a half, Heemeyer spent his days modifying his Komatsu D355A bulldozer that he had originally bought to create an alternative path to his shop, but Heemeyer had better plans for it, thus the KILLDOZER was born.
Heemeyer had fabricated a solid steel cage around his Komatsu, in some places being more than a foot thick. To bind this all together, Heemeyer applied a 5,000 psi concrete mix between plates, effectively making homemade composite armor. This made the now venerable KILLDOZER impervious to the trivialities of small arm fire and explosives.
Similar to many armored vehicles now found in the Syrian Civil War, the KILLDOZER was wired with two cameras and monitors mounted on the vehicles dashboard. Furthermore, the video cameras were protected by 3-inch shields of bullet-resistant plastic. Gun ports, air nozzles, fans and air conditioning were also added to the beast. On the morning of June 4th, 2004, Heemeyer lowered the armored hull onto the KILLDOZER, sealing himself away and permanently saddling himself on his death machine. The KILLDOZER erupted from Heemeyer’s shop and set its cross hairs on all that had done him wrong.
The concrete plant, the Town Hall, the office of the local newspaper that editorialized against him, the home of a former judge’s widow, and a hardware store owned by another man Heemeyer named in a lawsuit, all fell victim to mechanized destruction.
No one was safe from the wrath of the KILLDOZER.
Local Police Officers and SWAT teams were deployed to combat the steel beast, but all attempts (including dropping a flashbang into the exhaust pipe) were ineffective in diverting its steely vengeance.
Colorado State Police were running out of options and feared that Heemeyer might turn against the civilians of Granby. Bill Owens, the governor of Colorado at the time, considered authorizing the National Guard to dispose of the KILLDOZER. Owens suggested the use of AH-64 Apache Helicopters or Javelin teams. However, the death of the KILLDOZER would not come at the hands of Apaches or Anti-Tank missiles, but rather the basement of the local Gambles Hardware store.
At the second hour of Heemeyer’s rampage, the KILLDOZER began to destroy Gambles Hardware store, unaware that it contained a basement level. Already leaking fluids and radiator fluid, the KILLDOZER took its third and final strike. As Heemeyer attempted to exit Gambles, the KILLDOZER’s engine failed, then had dropped a tread into the small basement. Seconds later, the mortally wounded KILLDOZER was surrounded by SWAT members. Heemeyer knew his luck had run out.
Heemeyer put a .357 revolver to his head and ended his life, taking 13 mangled houses and $7,000,000 worth of damage with him. His lifeless body wouldn’t be retrieved from KILLDOZER until 2 AM the next morning.
Despite Heemeyer’s two hours of carnage, Heemeyer and KILLDOZER remained the only casualties. KILLDOZER, as many tools of crime end up, was turned into scrap and sent to a multitude of scrapyards. This was to prevent any admirers of Heemeyer from taking souvenirs.
1) M60A1 RISE. American MBT that succeeded the M48 Patton. With the deactivation of the Army’s last M103 in 1963, the M60 became the US Army’s primary tank. The M60 underwent many updates over its service life, the interior layout providing ample room for updates, extending the vehicle’s service life for over four decades. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today.
The RISE (Reliability Improvements for Selected Equipment) upgrade featured improvements to almost all the basic systems including an upgraded engine design that allowed easier access to components to allow removing the engine pack in less time and a new track type. In the 1980s, USMC M60A1 RISEs received ERA armor.
2 & 3) M60A2. The M60A2 was intended as a stop-gap solution until the projected replacement by the MBT-70. The M60A2, nicknamed “Starship,” due to its “Space Age” technology, featured an entirely new low-profile turret with a commander’s machine-gun cupola on top, giving the commander a good view and field of fire while under armor but spoiling the low profile. It featured a 152 mm main gun similar to that of the M551 Sheridan, which fired conventional rounds as well as the MGM-51 Shillelagh anti-tank missile system.
4 to 6) T29 Heavy Tank. American WWII developmental heavy tank that started in March 1944 to counter the appearance of the Tiger II at Normandy.
The T29 was based upon a lengthened version of the T26E3 chassis and featured heavier armor, a bigger engine and a massive new turret incorporating a high velocity 105 mm gun. Its maximum armor thickness was 279 mm, compared to 180 mm on the Tiger II while its 105 mm gun was longer than the Tiger IIs 88 mm. The T29 also featured a coincidence rangefinder projecting from both sides of the turret, distinctively resembling “ears.”
7 to 10) XM800T ARSV. American experimental scout vehicle developed by the US Army in the 1970s. It was part of a series of armored vehicles being designed by the Army to replace the M113, witha vehicle with greatly improved fighting capabilities. While the MICV-65 program focused on troop carriers, a separate requirement for a scout vehicle led to the XM800. None of the vehicles from the MICV-65 project entered production, although they provided valuable experience that was used in the M2 Bradley. The XM800T was armed with 20 mm autocannon, as well as a M60-derived machine gun on a pintle mount.
Retrospective in honor of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union over the fascist invaders.
A photographic portrait of the mechanic of the T-34 tank, Mikhail Sergeevich Smirnov after the end of the battle.
During the attack on the German positions, shell an enemy anti-tank gun missile hit the T-34’s forehead and killed all the crew members except Mikhail Sergeyevich, who for some time lost consciousness.
Not sparing his life, Smirnov hastened the tank and broke into German positions, crushed three anti-tank guns and destroyed 30 more enemy soldiers and officers from the machine gun.
The picture was taken on January 17, 1944, in the Leningrad Region. S. Suchatova, G. Chertova
Mikhail Sergeyevich Smirnov will die in six months in Latvia, July 29, 1944.