Here's another interesting piece of the history of the Finnish prototypes: a joint Finnish-Israeli 122 mm SPG.
The cannon is Tampella 122 K 60, mounted on a M4 Sherman chassis, photo taken from live fire trials in Israel. It was this cannon the Soltam M-68 and M-71 as well as the Tampella 155 K 83 (with the later Tampella guns, 130 K 90-60, 130 53 TK and 155 K 98) were based on. The 130 K 90-60 is a later refit of the old stock of the 122 K 60 with larger calibre barrels to fit the needs of the coastal artillery, which uses 130 mm shells.
The gun-howitzer itself looked like this:
And this is the 130 90-60:
HrcAk47 wrote:What's modernized here, aside from the ERA?
The sights appear to be vanilla T-72M1, also the presence of IR projectors is discouraging, as they are now a weak spot.
I expected something like this as the Finmod light, tbh.
There were three levels of the studdied T-72M1 FINMOD, and the more advanced models were supposed to include everything which was in the economy upgrade (ie. the model that is known in the game as T-71M1PÄIV).
This middle line upgrade, which this model in the pictures is supposed to portray, has also warning and concealment systems upgraded as well as the light ERA.
Then there's the full upgrade which is in the game as T-72M1MOD, which then had the heavy armor and an even more advanced sensors system similar to the Merkavas of the time (the sensor suite for the full upgrade would indeed have been Israeli-made).
chykka wrote: Tiera wrote:
But here they are, first public photos of the Finnish T-72 modernization program test tank:http://imgur.com/a/RARgo
Hawt, first public. Wonder what year this was when it was de-classified.
I believe the video was set up at PVMOODLE (a platform for FDF to conscript and reservist communication and training) in 2015 at latest. It might have been public before too.
The video itself isn't classified, as any classified material as in the 4-scale system is not authorised to be set on PVMOODLE. The original package, the DVD of armor and AT equipment and tactics, which contains the said video is TLL IV ("use restricted") though.