Light Reloadable Antitank Shootout: RPG-7 vs. Carl Gustav

It’s time for another head to head. Let’s look at two extremely popular light(ish) antitank weapons.1 In the blue corner, fighting out of Sweeden, is the Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle. And in the red corner, fighting out of Russia, is the RPG-7. Let’s dig a little deeper into these two weapons and see what we […]

Borgundy Challenge Response: Anti-Tank Weapons

While Borgundy agrees with the Russian view that the best weapon to combat a tank is another tank, and combined arms with plenty of tank-infantry cooperation are the keys to success, this does not mean that the infantry should not have weapons for killing tanks. It’s all the more important since most modern western IFVs […]

Protivtankovy Parvusimperator

The DCS Su-25T Frogfoot is the only attack aircraft in my simulated stable right now. In the interests of cooperation, parvusimperator learned to fly it a few nights ago, and has recounted his experience with it here for your edification. -Fish As resident NATO-trained attack pilot, I took to the Su-25T without too much trouble. […]

The Opinionated Bastards: Nashira Part II (Apr. 25, 3051)

It’s good to be back in the saddle. The Action of 16 April, 3051 The Opinionated Bastards are deployed on the right flank of the FedCom front line, and have been tasked with breaking through the Draconis Combine defenses at a weak point in a mountain pass. Opposition is expected to be light to moderate; […]

What Does a Puma Carry?

Here’s a list of stuff that a Puma carries, at least according to Tankograd’s wonderfully photo-laden book on the vehicle. –Equipment for Vehicle Subsystems– Fuel: 900 L Ready 30mm ammo: 200 rounds Stowed 30mm ammo: 161 rounds (in seven-round boxes) Ready 5.56mm ammo: 1,000 rounds Stowed 5.56mm ammo: 1,000 rounds Ready ATGM: 2 missiles Stowed […]

Resurrected Weapons: XM806 Heavy Machine Gun

The Browning M2 is nearly 100 years old, and it is still a very effective weapon. It is heavy and made with decidedly old-school manufacturing techniques. The XM806 was an effort to replace it with a newer, lighter machine gun, still chambered for the classic 12.7×99 mm BMG round. The XM806 was a development of […]

The Opinionated Bastards: Propus Part V (Dec. 1, 3050)

And we’re back! The Action of November 21, 3050 Today’s terrain is wooded hills, a nice large map with room to maneuver. Heavy Lance will deploy in the northeast corner, since the Flashman and Awesome aren’t due until Rounds 2 and 3. Round 1 Private Ngo and Double Dog deploy in that northeast corner, behind […]


The Component Advanced Technology Test Bed was another late 80s American test program to investigate new systems for future tanks. As we’ll see, it looked quite a bit different from the TTB, and where the TTB was testing a very specific change (namely the unmanned, low profile turret) the CATTB tested a variety of new […]