2014 - 2017
After seeing the picture of the Abrams glacis layout, are you ever planning on doing similar analysis of Western tanks and armor systems?
I'm afraid not. OPSEC really limits the amount of information available to the public, so I would be speculating more than analyzing.
Great work.One point of interest for the discussion on K5.. The M829A2 does indeed appear to have a special layout to deal with K5 ERA. You can see in cutaways that there is a stepped tip design as well as a structure on top which looks like a break away tip.https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/120mm_M829A2_APFSDS-T.jpgIf you look at images of the KEW-A3 you can see the same design much more clearly. http://i.imgur.com/TxRK8Lp.pngKind regards
The stepped tip was first used on the M111 "Hetz" and appears to be a design solution for the best compromise in performance on both sloped targets and perpendicular targets. From everything that I have been able to gather thus far, there is no indication that it would help reduce the damage from a flyer plate or prevent the activation of Kontakt-5. As for the "break away tip" seen in photos, it's just a ballistic tip for aerodynamics. The M774, M833, M829, and M829A1 all have a similar ballistic tip, labeled as a "windshield tip" in this drawing: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/bc/98/e7/bc98e7d9cf4c183643d06f52637bb8ae.jpg
I really appreciate your articles. Even for a tank enthusiast like me, they offer whole lot of new and interesting insights. My personal wish would be that hopefully you could at some time cover the Soviet equivalent of a 'starship; a tank so advanced it was almost ahead of its time: the T-64!But thanks again, and keep up the good work!
Thank you so much! However, I have to say to you what I've said to many others: please try to help improve the articles by finding flaws! I would really appreciate it if outdated info or faulty logic was pointed out or if new and more reliable information were made available. Sometimes you'll see that some parts of my articles are "under renovation" like the T-72 Protection article, which means that I am currently editing some older claims and adding new content. Most of my time is currently spent doing such things and not on writing new articles. It's far too difficult to compile enough info to complete each article in the span of a few months while maintaining a normal life, and sometimes I lose interest if a very long article is required to cover all the aspects of the topic. If nothing else, I hope that you understand my erratic uploading patterns.About the T-64 stuff: I'm afraid that there is no real reason for me to devote precious time and effort on the T-64 when the T-72 is so similar in many respects, and there is plenty of information on the T-64 available at the btvt.info site owned by Andrei Tarasenko, who is a bona fide historian and a big T-64 enthusiast. If you are truly interested in learning about the T-64, I suggest going to his site (use Google Translate liberally). If you have specific questions and no other site can provide the answer, you can try the Tank-Net and Sturgeonshouse forms. Both are sometimes visited by knowledge folk from the Russian Otvaga forum and Polish Militarium forum. If all else fails, I could try to find something for you.Hope that helps, and thanks again for your pleasant comment.
Nice, clear informative blog!I wonder where you got the dimensions for the L23A1?I'm currently trying to find information on DM23/L23A1 (dimensions in specific) but I'm only finding numbers posted on websites with no actual sources that I can verify.Would you happen to have any kind of sources on these shells?Thanks!
Dimensions of L23A1 are from Wiedzmin. You can find him on the Otvaga and Tank-Net forums. I don't know the dimensions for (120mm) DM23, but I have a handful of sources that describe its aspect ratio.If you need more specific information, I'd be happy to send it to you via email.