General Dynamics Land Systems are a leading supplier of different kinds of armored vehicles such as Stryker, Lav-25 and M1 Abrams. General Dynamics purchased Chrysler Defense, a profitable defence subsidiary in 1982. The division was then renamed as General Dynamics Land Systems. GM Defense was also purchased by them in 2003 from GM Motors. The aim of General Dynamics Land Systems is to be a leading provider of a wide variety of land and amphibious combat vehicles, components and subsystems all over the world. They have great confidence in their world-class design and integration of systems, their superior production and novel life cycle support. Their reach has spread far and wide and they have employees from different countries such as Australia, the United States, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Canada.
Defence Export Promotion Organization aims at promoting the export of quality defence related services and products. They also offer a national platform for Pakistan to provide active support to the defence manufacturing sector. They guarantee customer satisfaction and their vision is to strive towards product improvement and assurance of quality. They offer their customers basic and advanced trainer aircraft, sophisticated surface and subsurface naval aircraft, surface to air and anti tank missile systems, air delivered ammunition, small arms, a wide range of ammunition and explosives and high grade weapon systems like MBTs. All the products offered by DEPO and backed by ISO certification and R&D organizations.
Israeli Military Industries, as the name suggests, is an Israeli weapons manufacturer. Established in 1933, the IMI is fully owned by the Israeli government. They specialize in the development, manufacture, integration and life cycle support of modern air, naval and land combat systems. They are well-known for their small arms throughout the world. The Uzi submachine gun, the IMI Galil, the Negev and desert eagle are some of the famous small arms manufactured by the Israeli Military Industries. They provide the military technology, firearms and ammunition needed by the Israeli security forces, especially the Israeli army and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Apart from small arms the Israeli Military Industries also produce heavy arms. They are involved with the upgrade projects for military vehicles such as APCs, tanks and other armored fighting vehicles. In the weapons department, they offer a wide range of solutions from rockets, guided missiles, heavy aerial weapons, tank, artillery, infantry ammunition to advanced guided mortar artillery rounds. They also offer defensive suites for aircraft and armored vehicles. IMI aims at being a world class defence company providing cutting edge systems and solutions for land, naval and air forces.
An Italian defence company founded in 1905, Oto Melara has its factories in Brescia and La Spezia. Some of the well-known weapons produced by Oto Melara include the mountain pack howitzer Model 56 and the 76/62 ship gun. In 1985 Oto Melara’s land defence operations became a part of the Iveco Fiat-Oto Melara consortium. Their goal was to design and develop an entirely new range of both wheeled and tracked armored vehicles for the Italian army. The company is now a leading manufacturer of land, air and naval weapon systems, using state-of-the-art technologies. Dardo Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Ariete Main Battle Tank and Otomatic anti-aircraft tank are some of the military vehicles manufactured by Oto Melara.
The first locomotive factory in Munich was founded in 1838 by Joseph Anton von Maffei. Krauss & Co. bought this facotry in the year 1931 and thus, Krauss-Maffei AG was born. In the year 1999, Wegmann & Co. GmbH and Krauss-Maffei AG joined hands to form the KMW or Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. With locations in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and the US, KMW is now one of the leading manufacturerd of armored wheeled and tracked vehicles. Some of their products include Leopard 1 main battle tank, Puma infantry fighting vehicle, F2 wheeled armored vehicle and Grizzly highly protected vehicle.
Rheinmetall Landsystme GmbH is a subsidiary of Rheinmetall Defence Group. It produces and develops armored tracked vehicles and turret systems.
Formerly known as GIAT Industries or Groupement des Industries de l’Armée de Terre, Army Industries Group, Nexter is a French weapons manufacturer who specialize in a wide range of land defence systems. Consistently investing in research and development, the company is firmly established with regard to its internationally recognized skills passed over by the former GIAT Industries. The Leclerc main battle tank, the APILAS anti-tank grenade launcher, the VBCI wheeled armored infantry fighting vehicle and the VAB armored personnel carrier are some of the products manufactured by Nexter.
Known as Hyundai Rotem since 2007, Rotem is a south Korean company that is now part of the Hyundai Motor Group. The company produces a wide range of products such as high speed trains, light rail vehicles, passenger coaches, locomotives, ground weapon systems, environmental plants and car manufacturing systems. The company has successfully developed K2 main battle tanks and has also exported their technical support to Turkey. Hyundai Rotem relies on Korea’s unique research, development, production and construction methods to manufacture their ground weapon systems. They also believe that they have enormous scope for improvement in their performance. Some of their products include K1A1 main battle tank, K1 armored recovery vehicle and K2 Black Panther main battle tank.
UKRSPETS Exports is a Ukranian manufacturer of military products and services. The company was formed in 1996. It is authorized by the state and acts as an intermediary in foreign trade activity that deals with the import and export of military services.
UVZ / Uralvagonzavod is a company located in Russia. It is one of the prominent main battle tank manufacturers of the world. The company produces a wide range of products such as road building vehicles, consumer goods, tools, railway cars and tanks. T-90 main battle tanks is one of the tanks manufactured by Uralvagonzavod.
These military tanks are all available for purchase right now, if you have enough money and the right paperwork.
The adage you get what you pay for is very true when buying an army tank. The older designs which are still available for sale are useful only against light infantry. One expensive modern tank can be worth a hundred less expensive tanks using yesterday’s technology.
Main battle tanks are constantly being upgraded. Yesterday’s Soviet T-80 tank is not comparable to today’s Ukranian T-80 tank. caveat emptor.
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|M1A2 SEP Abrams||USA||120||1500||69.5||67|
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Introduced during the First World War, tanks continue to play an important role in modern warfare. Tanks provide excellent mobility, sophisticated communications, lethal firepower, and effective armor protection. Together, these capabilities provide the shock and awe effect which is necessary to close with and destroy the enemy under most any conditions.
Modern U.S. Tanks and AFVs explores the development, capabilities, and service histories of some of the most important tanks, armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), wheeled armored vehicles, and indirect armored fire-support vehicles used by the United States military today, including: amphibious assault vehicles (AAVP), the full range of M1 Abrams tanks, Bradleys, Strykers, and armored Humvees. Color photos show each model of vehicle in training exercises.
Jane’s Tanks and Combat Vehicles Recognition Guide, 3e (Jane’s Tank & Combat Vehicle Recognition Guide)
The Essential Guide to All the World’s Tanks and Combat Vehicles. Janes provides a fully illustrated encyclopedia of modern military vehicles in active service. Vehicles covered include tanks, personnel carriers, reconnaissance vehicles, self-propelled guns and self-propelled anti-aircraft systems.
The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles: The Comprehensive Guide to over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles from 1915 to the Present Day
Warfighters have long sought to combine protection and mobility in combat, from ancient chariots to medieval knights and armored wagon. The development of the internal combustion engine finally allowed a vehicle to possess both features on the battlefield. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles is a comprehensive guide to over 1500 armored vehicles from the first gasoline engine military vehicle to the present day. In 1916, during WWI, the tank made its debut on the Western Front for the British, and the face of warfare was changed almost overnight. In each nation’s struggle for battlefield dominance, many different types of armored vehicles have been produced, some more successful than others, all of which are covered in the encyclopedia. Each entry is accompanied by a photograph or artwork, full specifications and a development and career history for the vehicle. The book is organized nto sections by country, with entries arranged chronologically. A detailed index is provided for easy cross-referencing. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles is an essential reference guide for anyone serious about the history of military vehicles.
Over the last century, tanks and armored vehicles have developed into highly mobile and heavily armed vehicles common to the inventories of nearly every army in the world. This huge, comprehensive reference work provides historians with an accurate and detailed directory of technical specifications, development and service histories, specially commissioned color plates, and action photography illustrating more than one hundred and fifty tanks and fighting vehicles from WWI to the present. The hardware is arranged chronologically within national entities that represent all the world’s major armed forces. Readers will clearly witness the development of each tank and their resulting performance during each of the century’s major wars and minor conflicts, from the muddy battlefields of WWI to the harsh desert campaigns of the WWII, and from the “turkey shoot” in the sands of Iraq to the mountainous terrain of the Balkans.
Starting with the crude and unreliable tanks that fought on the Western Front in the first world war, roll through years and on to the vehicles of World War II, such as the Panzer IV, Panther, Tiger, Sherman, and T-34 — right up to the most recent fighting machines, including the Abrams and Challenger, and Bradley and Warrior infantry tanks.
Lethal firepower and an impressive array of modern capabilities take you into the front lines of modern battle! The spearhead of today’s battle groups, tracked vehicles are fully equipped with global positioning systems (GPS), inertial position navigation systems, and single channel ground/airborne radio systems to enable them to respond rapidly to ever-changing tactical situations. See these sophisticated systems on full alert commanding today’s fighting tanks and infantry vehicles.
The concept of the Main Battle Tank (MBT) emerged from the Centurion Universal tank that was developed at the end of the second world war. Development of its replacement began as early as 1951. The Chieftain incorporated significant innovations including a reclining driver position and two-piece ammunition for greater survivability. The Chieftain entered service in 1967 and was the heaviest armed and armored MBT within the NATO alliance. The Chieftain saw combat during the Iran-Iraq War, with the Kuwaitis during the 1990 Iraqi invasion and with the British Army during the Gulf War of 1990-91. This book examines the design, development and operation of one of the most influential vehicles used in modern warfare.
In this story of men, machines and missions, Kenneth Estes tells how the U.S. Marine Corps came to acquire the armored fighting vehicle (AFV) and what it tried to do with it. The longtime Marine tank officer and noted military historian offers an insider’s view of the Marine Corps’s acquisition and use of armored fighting vehicles over the course of several generations, a view that illustrates the characteristics of the Marine Corps as a military institution and of the men who have guided its development. The book examines the planning, acquisition, and employment of tanks, amphibian tractors, and armored cars and explores the concepts that led to the fielding of these weapons systems, the doctrines and tactics intended for them, and their actual use in combat.
Drawing on archival resources previously untouched by researchers and interviews of both past and serving crewmen, Estes presents a unique and unheralded story that is filled with new information and analysis of the armored vehicles, their leaders, and the men who drove these steel chariots into battle. Such authoritative detail and documentation of the decisions to acquire, develop, and organize armored units in the U.S. Marine Corps assures the book’s acknowledgement as a definitive reference.
An excellent reference source for the U.S. Army’s self propelled artillery piece, this book gives a history of the vehicle and its service in many of the world’s military forces. Each photograph is captioned with detailed descriptions, covering such details as differences between variants, interior details, exterior details, power plant, armament, ammunition, maintenance, stowage, service, etc.
The second installment of the War Machines series, this edition is part one of two that cover the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) and its variants. With amazing detail color photos, part one covers in-depth the M113 A1 and A2 Armored Personnel Carrier, the M113 Medevac Vehicle, the M106 A1 and A2 107mm Mortar Carrier, and the M577 Armored Command Post. Such features as full interior and exterior details, powerplants, suspension, tools & equipment, stowage, armament, ammunition, and more are meticulously displayed and described.
The third installment of the War Machines series, this edition covers the M60 A3 PATTON Main Battle Tank (MBT) used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. Such features as the fighting compartment, driving compartment, powerplant, suspension, auxiliary equipment, armament, ammunition, stowage, and add-on armor are beautifully photographed and described in detail.
The fourth installment in the War Machines series, this edition covers the versions of the M4 “SHERMAN” tank in Israeli service. Versions covered include the following: M4A2, M4A1 105mm Howitzer, M50 “SUPER SHERMAN,” M51 “ISHERMAN,” M4 Armored Engineer Vehicle with M1 bulldozer blade, M4 “CRAB” Mine Clearing Tank, both early and late types M4 “SHERMAN” Ambulance, M74 Recovery Vehicle (M32 modification), M4 “SHERMAN,” “LIVE TARGET,” “EYAL” Observation Tank, 290mm Rocket Launcher, “SHERMAN” with 75mm AMX-13 Turret, M4 Personnel Carrier/Command Vehicle, and the 155mm M50 Self Propelled Artillery Vehicle. Along with detailed description captions, this book covers the history of the “SHERMAN” in service with the IDF.
This fifth installment in the War Machines series deals with the M2/M3 “BRADLEY” Armored Fighting Vehicle, including the M3A2 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle. Used in the Gulf War by U.S. Forces, the “BRADLEY” is extensively photographed and described in-depth in this valuable photo reference. The history of the vehicle is covered, as well as such details as suspension, powerplant, armament, ammunition, interior fighting compartment, stowage, camouflage, and exterior hull details.
The sixth entry in the War Machines series, this volume covers the details of the formidable M1 “Abrams” Main Battle Tank (MBT). Along with a history of the tanks development, the book covers technical features such as the suspension, tracks, armor protection, powerplant, armament, ammunition, fighting compartment, driving compartment, maintenance, stowage, exercises, and more with amazingly detailed drawings and photographs.
This seventh installment in the War Machines series covers details of the M998 “HUMMER” Cargo/Troop Carrier, the M1025 and M1026 Armored Armament Carrier, the M966 Armored TOW Carrier, the M996 2 Litter Armored Ambulance, the M997 4-Litter Armored Ambulance, the M1037 Shelter Carrier, and the M998 “STINGER” Carrier. Used extensively in the 1991 Gulf War, this vehicle is well documented in this book with excellent photographs of details such as radio equipment, powerplant, suspension, driver’s controls, cargo bed, armament, ammunition, stowage, field exercises, and field conversions. Includes wartime photos from the Persian Gulf.
The eighth installment in this series, this special edition deviates from the regular format by focusing entirely on the vehicles and equipment utilized by U.S. Forces serving in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. All of the photographs in the book were taken by members of the U.S. Army serving with the 131st Engineers, a combat support equipment company of the Vermont Army National Guard. The photographs vividly portray the unique atmosphere experienced by U.S. Armed forces in the desert war. Unique depictions of the fighting men and their equipment are portrayed in combat service, showing such details as camouflage, maintenance, weathering, battle damage, and captured equipment. Some of the fighting vehicles covered include M577 Forward Control Vehicles, M113 Armored Personnel Carriers, M3 Bradley Armored Cavalry Vehicles, M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT), M109 Self Propelled Howitzers, M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), M88 Armored Recovery Vehicles, and damaged, destroyed, and captured Iraqi equipment such as the Russian-built T-72 and T-55 tanks.
This ninth installment in the War Machines series is the second volume dedicated to variants of the prolific M113 family of armored vehicles. This book takes a close look at the details of the M163 Vulcan Air Defense Artillery Gun, the M901 Hammerhead Improved TOW Vehicle, and the M48 Chaparral Improved Air Defense Guided Missile System.
This tenth edition of the War Machines series introduces the special 24 page mini-file, which utilizes the comparatively fewer available photographs to document a worthy subject. Following the many wars fought by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), large quantities of captured enemy equipment were pressed into Israeli service following extensive modifications. The vehicles in question covered in this unique publication include the Soviet-built T-54, T-55, and T-62 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), which, after modifications by the IDF Ordnance Corps, were designated as the Tiran 4, Tiran 5, and Tiran 6, respectively. Modifications included communications equipment upgrades, stowage modifications, armament replacement, and of course, new painting and markings. The majority of the photographs in this book were taken at the Armored Corps museum at Latrun in Israel.
This twelfth volume in the War Machines series takes a revealing look at the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). The beautiful full color photography contained in this book captures details such as suspension, cab interior, access panels, rocket cage assembly, hoist mechanism, launcher drive system, rocket pods, tilting cab, and field maintenance scenarios. The MLRS in German service, as well as those serving with the U.S. Army in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, are photographed in stunning detail to ensure comprehensive coverage of this very reliable and cost-effective artillery weapon.
This special thirteenth installment in the War Machines series takes a look at Operation Desert Storm through the camera lenses of members of 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 8th Marine Tank Battalion. In these pages we see the life experienced by U.S. Troops while pushing their way into Iraqi-occupied Kuwait in 1991. We see how they ate, slept, showered, played, and fought in the desert. Many useful photographs appear of U.S. equipment in action and undergoing maintenance, as well as the rare U.S. casualty, and captured and destroyed Iraqi equipment.
This fourteenth installment in the War Machines series is the third of the special 24 page mini-files which utilizes the comparatively few available photographs to document a worthy subject, in this case the 1/4 ton M151 Mutt. This book benefits the reader by providing detailed color photographs of the Mutt in field conditions, from the barracks parking lot, to deplaning from a C-130 Hercules, to undergoing an engine change, to serving with the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). Many details are revealed in the photographs, including engine, radios, batteries, hard-top kits, soft tops, trailers, and more.
The fifteenth installment in the War Machines series focuses on the operations of the paratroopers of the 3rd/325th ABCT (Airborne Battalion Combat Team) Blue Falcons during practice exercises. This volume provides a rare glimpse of such operations with beautiful full color photography. Excellent coverage of such things as parachute operations, air-drops of vehicles and equipment, securing landing zones, concealment, and ambush positions. Excellent details of vehicles and equipment, such as the M102 105mm Field Howitzer, the M998 hummer, TOW missile launchers, and more.
Lethal firepower and an impressive array of modern capabilities take you into the front lines of battle! The spearhead of today’s battle groups, tracked vehicles are fully equipped with global positioning systems, inertial position navigation systems, and single channel ground/airborne radio systems to allow them to respond rapidly to ever-changing tactical situations. See these sophisticated systems on full alert commanding today’s fighting tanks and infantry vehicles.