[Now in Red Dragon] FINLAND

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Re: [Now in Red Dragon] FINLAND

Postby J0h1F » Sat 15 Dec 2018 20:41

I'll continue the artillery/mortar writeup later, but here are some interesting videos regarding the T-72M1 FINMOD project:


The third is at the beginning about the PT-91M, but at 5:03 begins the part of the T-72M1 FINMOD:

They are about the powerpack upgrade of the FINMOD which was prototyped on the tank shown in the videos. The RENK ESM350-X8 powerpack of French design for the FINMOD prototype used a Finnish Wärtsilä X8 engine producing 1000 bhp, which would have made the mobility better than any other T-72 before the T-72B3. The automatic transmission would also have allowed for true pivot and remarkably faster reverse speed.

Here's a modern brochure of the powerpack:
http://www.renk-france.fr/pdf/Powerpack_ESM350.pdf

And last, here's a photo of one modified tank:
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Re: [Now in Red Dragon] FINLAND

Postby J0h1F » Tue 14 Jan 2020 19:08

Here's a photo of a Hawk 51 with some British bombs. This was something that was never openly published back in Cold War, as the Paris Peace Treaty forbad Finland from possessing bombs. Nevertheless, Finland bought British bombs (of multiple sizes), in the photo there are 8x 250 lb general purpose bombs on the Hawk.
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And here's photo of a Hawk 51 with two Matra Type 155 SNEB rocket launcher pods. They were apparently used already in the Fouga C.M.170 Magister, but the Fouga was banned from using them after an accident where a Fouga performing an attack run crashed.
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Re: [Now in Red Dragon] FINLAND

Postby steppewolf » Wed 15 Jan 2020 23:39

J0h1F wrote:I'll continue the artillery/mortar writeup later, but here are some interesting videos regarding the T-72M1 FINMOD


Just spotted this but glad to see your write about Finnish weapons, especially about the infamous super secret Finmod prototype. Keep 'em going & thanks!

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Re: [Now in Red Dragon] FINLAND

Postby n97kurmi » Sun 19 Apr 2020 00:45

Wait a minute. Finland wasn't forbidden from owning bombs. Only Purpose built bombers and ones that had internal bomb bays?

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