Great video (for now I just watched it without sound; I hope it doesn't have some annoying music ).
I always thought that the IAR330-SOCAT would be perfect to get in a small number of SF troops, loiter around to assist with heavy weapon fire if needed, while the SF go inside buildings for example, and then bring the people back.
The role of light air mobile cavalry (2 IAR330-SOCAT and 4 IAR330 should be a good balance between fire power and lift) would suit them better rather then tank busters, which could (should) be done by a dedicated platform. Btw. am I right in assuming that the modernized IAR330 presented in the video have the same SOCAT avionics minus the armament? And by any chance anyone knows the correct (full) type designation, how many of them are in operation and if they are based on new airframes or just modernized older ones (which means shorter life cycle and that when the time comes, the entire IAR 330 fleet will need to be replaced at the same time).
@Radu2: can you fix some of the links from your previous post. Thanks!
I love the old TABC-79 and I would love even more to see a complete modern version of it using the same overall shape. At some point we should try to post here all possible photos of the TAB79 since it is an unique vehicle.
I saw there are some problems with some links, i cant edit them now, i hope sometimes later if i have some more time to repost them in better conditions
About the clip, well, i just find it around, if somehow you dont like the music, dont shot the messenger
And yes, i think that IAR-330 from the clip (the medevac heli and so) have the same avionic, sensors, navigation systems, except the part related with weapons.
This is a clip with MLI-84 M (a heavy modernized Romanian version of BMP-1). At the begining they show few pics with some older version, then is show the prototype of MLI-84 M Jderul during some tests.
The version now in service has replaced the older Maliutka AT missiles with newer Spike ones
And this is another clip from that meeting of International Military Mountain Schools, when Romania became the 10'th full member.
Its not show too much, but you can see the cool but cold and hard conditions in which Mountain troops need to act
Romanian soldiers in Afghanistan, various Infantry and Mountain Hunters units (i hope this time the links work better)
Common planning mission with Americans. I read somewhere that Romanian Army is the first (after US troops ofcourse) to use in Afghanistan the US PGSS system (Persistent Ground Surveillance System – PGSS)
The project for a 4-th generation multirole aircraft, called IAR-95 or IAR-S project, unfortunately never realized. The project was started in late 70's and early 80's, and reached the phase of testing the smaller scale model in the wind tunnel, but because of the lack of a proper engine was abandoned in early 90's and due to lack of funds was never restarted since then. It was done just a common project with Yugoslavia, a ground attack jet, IAR 93-ORAO, and a autochtonous advanced trainer/light fighter, called IAR-99, which is still in use
This is the single engine variant
And this is the double command/two seats version of it
Some say that the project was gived to China in early 90's, due to resemblence with her FC-1 aircraft
And now the double engine variant proposed as the new multirole Romanian Air Force fighter
This is a presentation clip of Mountain Hunters, is few years old, and i think was done for civil media too, as a public show presentation
This one is with same Mountain Hunters, a short demonstration of attacking an enemy camp, during that meeting of International Mountain Schools Asociation, when Romania became the 10'th official member (another clip than that posted previously)
This is another older clip with a presentation of several categories belonging to Land Forces and some of their missions. It was done by same Minister of National Defence, for media and public presentation
And another older clip, with 812th Infantry Battalion alongside their coleagues from US Infantry troops, in southern Afghanistan, Zabul province
Some tanks, armoured vechicles and rocket artilery pics
TR-85 M1 (a heavy modernized and improved version) and an MLI 84
TR-85 M1 night firing
Romanian T-72 (there was made couple prototypes based on T-72, called TR-125, a local modified version, slightly bigger and longer, with more powerfull Diesel engine and transmision and an autochtonous FCS, but the mass productions was halted).
TAB (Amphibious Armoured Carrier) Zimbru (Romanian version of BTR-80). A prototype testing of a new turret (it is used from what i saw just by IFV's)
A TABC-79 variant during training excercise
Rocket artilery, LAROM, older model
And new model, with improved range, accuracy and firepower
@ Radu2: I don't want to nitpick, but I think the two LAROM systems presented are the same. The only difference is the 122mm rockets container compared to the 160mm ones (all systems can equip both).
There is a more advance vehicle which has an armored cabin (noticeable difference, I don't know of other improvements). Picture from wiki: