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Old 09-12-2017, 04:52 PM   #1351
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The all-new THOR is a 120mm mortar round developed with a unique design, combining different shapes, materials and fragmentation sizes to attain the desired effect on the target. The new ammunition is developed by Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland (SBDS), a subsidiary to Saab and part of business area Dynamics. At DSEI 2017, the new mortar round will be showcased to the market for the first time.

“We are very excited to launch this new product to the market at this year’s DSEI. Our MAPAM® mortar round revolutionised the way infantry units approached mortar-based combat, and now, with our new THOR 120mm mortar round, we are pushing the boundaries even further”, says Stephan Kocher, head of Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland.

Traditional airburst mortar rounds fitted with a proximity fuze disperse fragments in nearly every direction. This decreases the mortar’s effect in the target as over 50 percent of the fragments are scattered upwards. THOR offers more than twice the effect compared to a conventional 120mm mortar round while, at the same time, it delivers fragment loss reduction of up to 20 percent, making the round a perfect short range alternative to heavy 155mm artillery.

Isensitive Munition (IM) signature provides additional safety for mortar crews. THOR also offers controlled safety zones to protect own troops, as well as to avoid civilian collateral damage.

“THOR’s fragmentation provides predictable safe zones which makes your effects more foreseeable and accurate. This new mortar round will give the user a much higher chance of defeating the targets, something that normally would have required heavier support”, says Christopher Leitner, Head of Marketing & Sales at Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland.

THOR Key features:

  • Lethality approx. 250 percent of a standard 120mm round
  • Range approximately 8,500m
  • Controlled safety zones to protect own troops, as well as to avoid collateral damage
  • Optimised safety for mobile mortar systems due to IM classification
  • Cylindrical central body design to enhance the lethality effect
  • Adaptable fragment shapes and quantities
  • Spheres can be optimized for range and lethality
  • Optimised to defeat various threats on the battlefield including hardened targets
THOR technical specifications:
Calibre: 120mm
Weight approx: 15 kg
Length approx: 770mm
Max range approx: 8500m
Number of fragments depending on configuration: Max. 4,250 steel balls, Max. 4,250 fragments
IM explosive: 3.4 kg PBXN-110
Optional explosive: 1 kg blast explosive

http://saabgroup.com/Media/news-pres...nched-at-dsei/

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Old 09-14-2017, 02:04 AM   #1352
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Turkey has bought S-400 SAM systems:

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/403220-mi...a-turkey-nato/

“Our friends have already signed an agreement on the S-400s. A deposit has also been paid, as far as I know,” Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists after returning from Kazakhstan on September 10.

Interesting that they chose to buy a system not built by a NATO member...
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This happened back in July, only heard about it today.

An A320 inbound San Francisco Runway 28R at night mistook taxiway C for 28R, while 28L was out and its lights switched of. With 2*787, 1*A340 and 1*737 lined up on C, the inbound aircraft came within 59 ft as the pilots realized their mistake and initiated a go-around mere seconds away from one of the most disastrous crashes in aviation history.

Aviation Herald: Incident: Canada A320 at San Francisco on Jul 7th 2017, lined up with taxiway for landing

I sure hope the final NTSB report will go into detail on how this could have happened and, more importantly, how this can be avoided in the future.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:46 AM   #1354
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And it isn't the first time Air Canada has screwed up a visual approach. In 2015 an A320 plowed into the ground 740ft before the RWY05 threshold at Halifax/YHZ. They were on the correct approach path, but failed to take wind drift into account. There's no GP on 05, so they had to perform a non-precision approach down to visual minima. Which didn't turn out too well...

Today's interesting trivia: that was the second time the RWY23 Localizer at YHZ was wrecked by an aircraft; the first being the 2004 MK Airlines crash.
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:25 PM   #1355
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EDIT: Google translator fooled me, according to Esac_mirmidon the engines failed to provide enough thrust during take-off (thx mate)
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:29 PM   #1356
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Dont get Lost in translation.

It says engine power loss, not electrical power loss. Power means thrust, engine power, not electrical power.
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You are welcome.

Sometimes is tricky translating things to other language.
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This is fast becoming a bad joke.

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/us-warship...opstories.html

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US warship collides with Japanese tug boat, latest mishap for the Navy's 7th Fleet
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