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Have the Soviets experimented with various transmission types on prototype AFVs? If so, what made them decide on manual transmission?
2) Primitive tech for auto transmissions at the time (even more primitive in SU, since there was no cutthroat competition in automotive and trucking sector to drive the tech, with the same models being produced for decades and people waiting in lines for even longer to get them).
3) Simplicity of service. Non factor now imho since all kit got complicated and expensive. It is now a reality that most modern kit cannot be field repaired with a sledehammer and duct tape.
Auto boxes came a looooong way since the '70s. There is absolutely no sense in putting extra load on the driver whose primary function is to get the tank into position as quickly and smoothly as possible. With a 1200hp tractor, does it really matter which gear it is currently going in or how masterfully one can work the clutch? I'm 90% sure that Armata will be auto.
Panstis-M - Naval Pantsir in final stage fo testing. Supplies to RN from 2016 on
As for internal waterways - what is the biggest class of ship that can be transferred ? frigate? corvette? destroyer?
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Russia Prepares to Launch Third Varshavyanka-Class Submarine
MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti) – AnotherVarshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarine, built for the Crimea-based Black Sea Fleet, will be launched on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported Monday.
"The third in the series of six Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines will be launched at Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on August 28," according to the official statement.
Six submarines from the project are to be constructed prior to 2016, according Russian Navy General Staff plans and become part of the submarine forces of the Black Sea Fleet.
The much-anticipated delivery of these submarines, dubbed by the US Navy "black holes in the ocean" because they are nearly undetectable when submerged, is a key part of Russia’s naval strategy in the Mediterranean, where Moscow has recently deployed a permanent task force consisting of 10 surface ships.
The Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) is an improved version of Kilo-class submarines and features advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.
The submarines are mainly intended for anti-ship and anti-submarine missions in relatively shallow waters.
The vessels, carrying crews of 52, have a top underwater speed of 20 knots and a cruising range of 400 miles (electric propulsion), with the ability to patrol for 45 days. The submarines are armed with 18 torpedoes and eight surface-to-air missiles.
Construction of 'Anaerobic' Non-Nuclear Subs to Begin in 2017 - Russian Navy
ST. PETERSBURG, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will begin constructing a new generation of nonatomic submarines equipped with “anaerobic systems,” Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said Thursday.
“Of course, the construction of diesel-electric submarines will continue. Today, we are talking about non-atomic submarines. Starting from 2017, [the construction of] a new series [of submarines] with an anaerobic system will begin and the Admiralteisky Wharf will take on the construction,” Chirkov said.
The main advantage of the air-independent energy system is an increase in the ship’s speed and the ability for it to remain submerged when recharging its batteries as opposed to surfacing to recharge them.
Meanwhile, the construction of diesel-electric submarines in Russia is in progress. The third in the series of six Varshavyanka-class submarines, built for the Crimea-based Black Sea Fleet, is expected to be launched Thursday in St. Petersburg.
The construction of all six submarines is to be completed by 2016. They are almost undetectable when submerged and feature advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets. The submarines are mainly intended for anti-ship and anti-submarine missions in relatively shallow waters.
Dutch semi-submersible heavy lift ship transporting Russian SSNs Bratsk and Samara to the yard for refits.
Damage to Samara, reportedly caused by a practice torpedo launched by a Delta III during exercise
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A funny thing — on the first photo both boats are bow-to-bow on the ship's deck, while on all other they are bow-to-stern.
MOSCOW, September 02. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RSMF) by the end of the year will re-equip their three regiments with the Yars mobile missile systems to be put on trial combat duty in December, RSMF spokesman Major Dmitry Andreyev told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday. “By the end of 2014, two more RSMF mobile regiments are planned to be equipped with the Yars system - in the Tagil and Novosibirsk missile formations and another stationary regiment - in the Kozelsk division. These three regiments are to be put on trial combat duty in December 2014,” he said.