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Arena (Арена) active protection system, the successor to the revolutionary but fundamentally flawed Drozd APS.

The system uses a multi-function Doppler radar, which can be turned on and off by the tank commander. In conjunction with radar input, a digital computer scans an arc around the tank for threats, and evaluates which of the tank’s 26 quick-action projectiles it will release to intercept the incoming threat. In selecting the projectile to use for defeating the threat, the ballistic computer employs the information processed by the radar, including information such as flight parameters and velocity. The computer has a reaction time of 0.05 seconds and protects the tank over a 300-degree arc, everywhere but the rear side of the turret. The system engages targets within 50 metres (55 yd) of the vehicle it is defending, and the ammunition detonates at around 1.5 metres (1.6 yd) from the threat. It will engage any threat approaching the tank between the velocities of 70 metres per second (230 ft/s) and 700 metres per second (2,300 ft/s), and can detect false targets, such as outgoing projectiles, birds and small caliber bullets.

1. Protective siloes
2. Radar
3. Protective ammo
4. Incoming anti-tank guided missile
5. Tracking phase

The relatively confined space of defense in which the warheads operate ensures any collateral damage is limited, but nevertheless the system still poses a threat to nearby infantry, albeit not in the level Drozd used to. 


U.S. Armored Force vs German Armored Force as experienced by American tank crews.

The Tiran-6, an Israeli retrofit of captured Egyptian and Syrian T-62 main battle tanks. Fitted with laser rangefinders, improved communications, reactive armor and a General Motors diesel engine, the Tiran-6 offered superior performance to the exported T-62s and saw some action during the Yom Kippur War and the war in Lebanon.


T-72 “Mahmia”

T-72 Mahmia (meaning “shielded” in Arabic) is an unofficial name for up-armored T-72s from the Syrian Civil War. These tanks are Syrian Arab Army (government forces) T-72s that have been fitted with improvised stand-off armor – mostly cages and chains – in order to protect the tanks from RPGs and missiles. They were first seen in combat in 2014 at Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, and have been seen commonly since. Various combat footage and photographs show that the upgrades are somewhat reliable against RPGs, but are often no match for the power modern ATGMs.

Sometimes you have to trade looking like a rolling bird cage for not dying in a catastrophic explosion caused by your tank’s shitty ammunition storage.


Drozd (Дрозд - thrush) active protection system, the world first system of its kind. 

Drozd uses 24.5 GHz Doppler radar to detect incoming rounds travelling between 70 (230) and 700 (2,300) meters (feet) per second, as to avoid engaging small arms or other faster projectiles. Its computer determines when to fire a 107 mm projectile. When the incoming round is at 7 m (27 feet) range, the Drozd fragmentation warhead detonates, spreading 3-gram slugs to destroy the incoming round.

Found partially successful, as while it increased tank survivability to up to 80% during rocket attacks, it proved to create enormous collateral damage, as the detonating warhead created causalities among friendly forces close to the vehicle. 

Withdrawn from service shortly after this problem was encountered, and eventually replaced by the more secure Arena (Арена).

Christmas in the Ardennes. A German tank crew pauses for reflection at night in front of a welcome fire in December 1944.


Super-Heavy Tank “Char FCM 2C”

Designed in 1917 and produced in 1921 by the Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée in Marseille.
48mm thick armor, canon de 75 main gun in a rotating turret and 8 Hotchkiss 8mm Lebel machine guns.

The 2C’s lengthy development polarized French politics of the time and led to a design that, while being the largest tank ever operational to this day, was more useful as a propaganda tool due to being extremely rare and borderline obsolete by the following decade. Only 10 were made, and each of them required a crew of 12.
Sadly enough that’s what it took for the French army to provide a turret large enough for several crew member to fit in.

Commission- Terraformer

I don’t do a lot of commissioned work, but the visual problems for the design intrigued me. It’s actually a spacecraft, but tracked and with the other regalia of traditional armor. I suppose I could have gone the vintage Japanese toy route, but I wanted to try playing it straight. I don’t know if it was successful, but it gave me a chance to try out some stuff.