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  1. Here we see a BM-30 surviving a hit without suffering meaningful damage (at least apparently so). Even the mechanism for lowering the launch tubes still works. Only the second hit into the crew compartment destroys the vehicle.
  2. While it is not a proof that this video was filmed in Karabakh, nor that these guys are indeed Syrian mercenaries (although they do speak Arabic, not Azeri), it should be noted that the olive drab military vehicles are armoured AIL Storm Mk. 3, an Israeli-made vehicle known to be in Azerbaijan's arsenal (e.g. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Military_parade_in_Baku_on_an_Army_Day20.jpg).
  3. Azeri video. Title translates to "Video of the liberated Talish village of Tartar region" as per Google Translate. [Their choice of words not mine to be clear] From 1:24 to 1:28 an Elbit Sandcat is visible parked on the meadow to the right. While Azerbaijan is known to have them (they for example paraded them in Baku in 2018), I don't think they were seen in this conflict yet. The Kornet-E launcher at 0:14 I guess is a captured/abandoned one from the Armenian side. That one is also not often seen, one of the more modern ATGM systems in Armenian service.
  4. ASU-85 soldiering on in Vietnam:
  5. It's an unofficial designation, but also one that has become popular usage. Hence I would not say it is an "incorrect" name. People know what is meant when one says T-72B(M), and the official designation is much more cumbersome to write and read. In informal talk like here on an internet board there really is no problem with calling it T-72B(M). Kind of like with the Königstiger and Jagdtiger.
  6. It is indeed difficult to ascertain from this perspective. But I still think it is a M1. On an M, his leg wouldn't fit between the Smoke launchers and the ammo box, because they'd directly adjoin each other with no space in between.
  7. That may also be possible. But alas, that would be a waste of potential just as well. The tank in your picture is/was a T-72M1. On an original T-72 you would see the optical rangefinder housing welded shut.
  8. Thank you for that information, Panzermann. That could be the answer to that question. Spreading your one decent type of tank as thinnly as possible throughout your army seems like a spectacularly ineffective approach. By making sure that they have some minimal impact everywhere you pretty much make sure they will have significant impact nowhere.
  9. Only sensible thing I would do with them is to hand them over to EOD with best wishes. Yet I'm sure there is some sort of regulation for such a case anyways.
  10. Thank you! Strange they still got early-type side protection.... You're welcome. Each of the upgraded tanks kept its armour, so the one above was an original T-72 with optical rangefinder before the upgrade. Hence the gill side skirts. The Syrians put that upgrade on a rather random selection of tanks instead of putting it on just one specific T-72 version. So some are T-72, some are T-72M1, some have ERA, some do not. No rhyme or reason, so it seems.
  11. Its one of them Italian-upgraded ones (TURMS-T).
  12. I should look into this Armenian variant then, should make for some interesting viewing. As regarding the side skirts on the Oplot, I have never seen that feature before either. However one of the complaints regarding the T-72's in Syria was that the side skirts were not durable enough. I think someone's been watching, listening and taking notes... Here you go. It's actually the army of Nagorno Karabakh: 2A14 gun mount, ammo boxes hugging the contour of the turret. Same stuff with 2A7 guns:
  13. Armenians have that same setup (2A28 + 2A14) in a more thorough manner. That Ukrainian one up there, there is not that much to discuss. It is obviously a not a proper industrial "upgrade", just a quick field installation. Some guys bolted a ZU to a BMPs roof, it's kind of moot to treat it like a full-blown BMP-1 variant. --- More Oplot detail shots from Thailand from an occasion yesterday. Interesting to see that the support bars for the heavy side skirts go through the tracks between return rollers and road wheels. I've never realized that before.
  14. Edit/ Damn it, alejandro_ beat me by a minute... --- Kharkov had presented their own take on a heavy IFV based on T-64 years ago, called BMP-64. And Jane's reported at the beginning of this year that they were finally want to get it out to the Ukrainian Army: http://www.janes.com/article/47949/ukraine-restarting-t-64-based-ifv-development. So Azovets and BMP-64 could be seen as national competition.
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