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  1. BTR

    Russian army under equipped?

    I'm absolutely against this. It keeps cost down, mobilization capability up and makes sure the ****ty positions get filled while maintaining fighting units staffed with supposed professionals.
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    Lackluster documentation

    Not in any particular test environment, but just though campaigns and PBEMs that involved them. I don't exactly know what test can be set up to test the exact spotting variation. It's not documented anywhere to my knowledge other than by the fact that M1A2s will out-spot any opponents with mechanically scanned thermal matrices (T-90A, T-72B3, T-90M).
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    Russian army under equipped?

    I'm always so bad at things like this because it's a question that has so much that needs to be established before answering. I guess the quick and dirty answer is I'd hold the expansionism of the ground element so there is no need to add more refurbished AFV types to the already diverse inventory list and concentrate on getting new families of vehicles into service.
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    Lackluster documentation

    I'm not one of those "experienced" guys, but I'll give it a shot based on my observations and experience. I've not been observing BMP-2 behavior, but I've spent some time looking after BMP-3's. Every position occupied in a vehicle gives more acute spotting. This can be noticed in three stages, with just two men crewing BMP-3, with three men crewing BMP-3 and with additional two MG gunners on the front. I presume this is the same for BMP-2 crewing. Less spotting power at night conditions. I'm not sure if it also affect night-time accuracy. Yes. Different thermal generations are even handled with spotting acuteness, but I'm not sure about the other two.
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    Russian army under equipped?

    I just gave you a list of things that aren't related to fuel expenses. The particular problem of low autonomy under idling has largely been tackled from T-80U onward with an on-board APU. As far as tactical level is concerned the T-80s were (and a big emphasis on the past tense here) a better tank dynamically because they were easier for the driver (only four gears) and the turbine was smoother in operation under changing revs. As for the future, it's a mixed answer from me. In the immediate future I don't see any alternatives to complex diesel power plants with a automatic gearboxes. Modern tank diesels when compared to turbines have a similar or greater level of hp/cm^3, have equally adaptable power-curves, are equally easy to operate because of the software and automatics in between the driver and the powerplant, have no problems running in the cold, have a lower and more manageable heat signatures, something that wasn't of a concern back when first tank turbines appeared, have the same or longer working cycle and operational hours before repairs, they are good enough for all heavy platforms based on a tank chassis without being excessive. Perhaps in the far future turbine once again will become an appealing alternative as part of a "diesel-electric" chassis where the turbine is always operated at the most efficient level and is used to generate electricity for the electric drives. There have been such plans from at least three countries, but they were all too complex and/or expensive back when they were developed.
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    Lackluster documentation

    Crew and infantry are handled as entirely separate classes I think, so they can't cross over and thus the commander position remains empty. Just one of the many approximations in the way transports and dismounts work. To many the ambiguity of the systems in CMx2 is a large part of the charm. After all, figuring things out for yourself is the only freedom anyone really has.
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    Lackluster documentation

    This is a correct implementation of BMP platoon organization. Platoon 2IC never leaves the second vehicle while platoon leader dismounts from the first BMP while the third BMP has infantry squad leader share a vehicle CO role when mounted but also dismounts in combat. I'm not sure Ukraine uses this system though, but we surely do (at least did) over here.
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    Russian army under equipped?

    What welded turret exactly? Switching to a unified turret with the T-90M would require a complete rework of the ammo storage, ammo loading mechanism and hull floor. At that point you are better off just getting a refurbished T-72 or two. Getting a diesel into the old hull requires about the same amount of rework from the hull, to a complete change of key components like transmission. T-80UD and T-80 hulls are not compatible because the former's chassis is derived from object 476 and is essentially a T-64 hull with T-80 suspension setup. This means you can't just rip leftover 80UD hulls and install a V-46-based engine in them.
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    Russian army under equipped?

    The turbines are built more robust and they can operate without breaking for longer, but when they do break it's a lot tougher to repair. In brief other disadvantages of GTDs include - Higher sensitivity to poor-quality fuel. High sensitivity to water in fuel thus requiring extra attention to how water tight the whole system is. There is even a dedicated sensor for this on the 80s. Moreover extreme sensitivity to dust of the whole powerplant, resulting power-loss and the subsequent maintenance nightmare. The whole VZU intake on the back of the 80U is rather telling of how problematic dirty air is. Other more esoteric disadvantages are - Lower power output on lower revs; Slower acceleration up to 15kph; APU as a requirement. You need it for proper operation and sensible fuel consumption which adds another crucial element to take care of. With loss of malfunction you can end up with problems like the 80BV had in Chechnya where a formation ran out of fuel before even getting to the fight. Granted it was a special circumstance, but still a bad outcome. Most of the traditional comparative shortcomings of diesel engines have been solved and the power outputs per volume of serial diesel engines has approached serial turbines.
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    Vostok-2018

    You beat me to it this time 😃
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    Russian Gear

    Yea, we noticed 😋
  12. BTR

    Russian Gear

    Yea, I got you. It's supposed to be this I think, but migrated to the butt area.
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    Vostok-2018

    Wearing full NBC gear and spraying vehicles. My definition of a **** day.
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    Russian Gear

    I haven't seen one like that, but it's SI in 6Sh117-type of load bearing system just not worn exactly on the butt.
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    Vostok-2018

    Dynamic "exposition" part of the exercises.
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