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Month: October 2013 (Page 3 of 3)

The Black Knight, A Prototype Unmanned Light Tank


The Black Knight, is an unmanned light tank being developed by British BAE systems. In terms of size and appearance it looks like a dwarf M1 Abrams. Its main armament is a 30 mm gun and it also has a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun. It is powered by a 300 hp Caterpillar diesel engine capable of allowing the vehicle to achieving a maximum speed of 77 km/h (48 mph).

Enjoy the following video:

Works Cited:

1. “Black Knight (vehicle).” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 20 Sep 2013. Web. 5 Oct 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Knight_(vehicle)>.

Tanks On TV: CONAN: Zero Dark Thirty: The Squeakquel

A vehicle which by appearance looks like a mock-up of a Bradley Fighting vehicle or similar style appeared on the April 11, 2013 episode of CONAN: episode 400, “Zero Dark Thirty: The Squeakquel”. Actor Charlie Sheen emerges from the vehicle on his entrance; see the clip below:

56th Anniversary of Sputnik 1

 A Replica of Sputnik.

A replica of Sputnik.

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the launch of Earth’s  first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1 (Спутник-1), which was put into low Earth orbit on October 4, 1957 by the Soviet Union.

The Polish PL-01 Concept Tank

The Polish PL-01 concept tank is a proposed tank design for the Polish military; and is being developed in conjunction between Polish Defence Company Obrum (a subdivision of Polish Defence Holding) and British conglomerate BAE Systems. The PL-01 was unveiled at MSPO 2013; the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Poland. It is to have the following features: a crew of three; a 105 mm or 120 mm auto loading main gun; an a remote controlled 7.62 mm machine gun as well as other active and passive countermeasures including a 12.7 mm or 40 mm grenade launcher; heat and radar reduction due to material used in construction; use steel or rubber tracks; move quickly on and off road and effectively traverse water; and is to be modular in design. Variants will include a command vehicle, recovery vehicle, mine sweeping vehicle and others.

Works Cited:

1. ““Siemka this, bitch!” – new Polish tank concept PL-01.” For The Record. N.p., 3 Sep 2013. Web. 29 Sep 2013. <http://ftr.wot-news.com/2013/09/03/siemka-this-bitch-new-polish-tank-concept-pl-01/>.
2. “PL-01 Concept. New Polish tank. Presentation..” Live Leak: Redefining The Media. N.p., 7 Sep 2013. Web. 29 Sep 2013. <http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9b9_1378581004>.
3. “More info on the PL-01 Direct Support Vehicle Concept..” SNAFU! A Marine Corps centric blog, with a view on all things military…. Blogger, 2 Sep 2013. Web. 30 Sep 2013. <http://snafu-solomon.blogspot.com/2013/09/more-info-on-pl-01-direct-support.html>.
4. “PL-01 Concept Direct Fire Support Vehicle.” . Army Recognition. Web. 30 Sep 2013. <http://www.armyrecognition.com/poland_polish_tanks_heavy_armoured_vehicles_uk/pl-01_concept_direct_fire_support_vehicle_technical_data_sheet_specifications_pictures_video.html>.

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