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  1. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    Russian Brigade Commander polls his officers - "Frankly we'd rather be on vacation". https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1721355/putin-news-russian-officers-vote-to-go-home-ukraine-war-latest
  2. Kirkhill

    Infantry Vehicles

    LAV 3 325/85/R16 Tires
  3. Kirkhill

    Infantry Vehicles

    LAV 6.0 https://www.army-technology.com/projects/light-armoured-vehicle-lav-6-0/ Apparently that means that each tire supports a load of 11000 lbs when inflated to 115 psi (7.8 bar) when running at 55 mph on highways. 8x 11,000 lbs = 88,000 lbs or 40 tonnes GVWR is 28.6 tonnes or 70% of the...
  4. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    Meanwhile - now that the Ukrainians have smorgasbord of tanks which ones are preferred? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/26/m1-abrams-tanks-german-made-leopard-ii-ukraine-has-one-clear/?li_source=LI&li_medium=liftigniter-rhr
  5. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    Ben Hodges at odds with Colin Kahl Hodges calling for more, faster - ignore Vlad's redlines and western nerves and get on with delivering what the Ukrainians want. They know what they are doing and have been doing it well. Send ATACMS, GLSDBs and Gray Eagles to get in Crimea and cut it off...
  6. Kirkhill

    Infantry Vehicles

    I'll kind of split a bit on this one. If the decision is made to go with wheels, which provide operational mobility on highways, then tracked fire support vehicles (tanks, IFVs and arty) need to be supplied with their own wheels - transporters - to keep up with the wheeled LAVs. The same would...
  7. Kirkhill

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Oooh! I do so love an authoritarian Democrat! It gives me chills and all tingly up my leg. FMG.
  8. Kirkhill

    Infantry Vehicles

    I agree. My point is that CV90s, without the plussed up armour would be easier to move into our North if the unlikely ever happened. And the fact that we could get support up there probably makes the unlikely even less likely - which is no bad thing. In the meantime CV90s could be seen as an...
  9. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    JEF - Joint Expedtionary Force I have been paying a lot of attention to this group as it seems to be at odds with the prevailing tendencies in the Brussels centric EU. I was surprised to find there is another JEF at play in Europe. One that is tightly bound to Brussels and the Jacques Delors...
  10. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    Politico's take on Scholz as an anti-Reagan Marxist in the SPD with close ties to East Germany and opposed to both Intermediate Range Missiles and NATO..... https://www.politico.eu/article/vladimir-putin-secret-weapon-germany-olaf-scholz/
  11. Kirkhill

    Infantry Vehicles

    For our Northlands (70% of the country) tracks make more sense than wheels. Mobility trumps everything. Firepower is more important than protection. The other Northerners, who actually live in their Norths and are facing a "live" enemy are fielding forces with a few tanks (Leopards), CV90s...
  12. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    WRT the F16 issue: I think this is just the latest flash point in the internal EU war to find out if Brussels or JEF prevails. And I think Joe is having difficulty whose side he is on - AUKUS and JEF or Brussels and the EU. WRT the slow roll: I think you are absolutely on target there. The...
  13. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    On the one hand I find myself wondering how long it will take them to produce functioning crews, then troops. Squadrons and Battle Groups? On the other hand I keep remembering commentary from the field where the Russians found themselves impressed that the Ukrainians managed to amass an...
  14. Kirkhill

    Infantry Vehicles

    The Akeron MP referenced above https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akeron_MP Specifications Mass 15 kg (33 lb): round in launch tube 11 kg (24 lb): tripod, firing post and battery Length 1.3 m (4.3 ft) Diameter 140 mm (5.5 in) Warhead Tandem HEAT Blast yield Can penetrate 1,000 mm of...
  15. Kirkhill

    Infantry Vehicles

    Updates on the CV90 CV90 with combined anti-tank anti-aircraft sight, drone and Akeron MP missiles along with the autocannon. CV90 MkIV For a Medium Weight Force - why not just focus on the CV90 for infantry, recce and fire support and ditch the MBT? If you must have an MBT here is the...
  16. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    Britain already has an agreement with Ukraine and Poland backed by JEF https://www.dw.com/en/ukraine-seeks-trilateral-partnership-with-poland-uk/a-60624554 https://www.joint-forces.com/world-news/51153-joint-expeditionary-force-military-chiefs-meet...
  17. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    Night time riverine assault in the Kherson - Nova Kharkovka area against a local Russian CP (sanctioned info release) https://mil.in.ua/en/news/special-forces-conducted-a-special-operation-in-the-kherson-region/
  18. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    10% of Canada's fleet? 2x 2A6M 2x 2A4M 4x 2A4 1x ARV 2x AEV 11 vehicles Or should that be 2x 2A6M 6x 2A4M 1x ARV 2x AEV ?
  19. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    Nobody has contradicted him and the UK and JEF have certainly been taking the lead in Europe in support of Ukraine.
  20. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    And a primer on Combined Arms Ops. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2023/01/25/ukraine-tanks-leopard-challenger-analysis-battle-war-russia/?li_source=LI&li_medium=liftigniter-rhr
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