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  • Fire at the Kingtiger! Resistance of a German heavyweight

    📕6.923 🕔31.05.2021

    Soviet test of the resistance of the German heavy machine to artillery weapons that existed at the time.

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  • From BMW-III to AM-47

    📕3.973 🕔01.05.2021

    The Great War continues and planes fly everywhere. They fly low because, although it is already known about aircraft engine blowers and even turbochargers, they are not used for engines and at that time they have no special meaning. But everyone wants to climb higher! To fly higher without supercharging systems, we need to give the cylinders more air. The basic solution is to increase the volume of the cylinder. In this case, however, the weight of the engine and its dimensions increase. Is it possible to prevent this?

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  • From BMW-VI to M-17

    📕2.168 🕔01.05.2021

    The Achilles heel of the Soviet aviation industry was the production of aircraft engines. Until 1917, the technical policy of the Russian government was based on the purchase of aircraft engines abroad and on the licensed production of French engines. Engines of our own design were practically not produced. During the civil war, the situation in this area deteriorated sharply due to the lack of qualified engineers and workers and the economic blockade of the country by Western states.

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  • I-350 fighter

    📕3.883 🕔28.04.2021

    After exceeding the speed limit of a thousand kilometers on a MiG-15 fighter (I-310, C) in 1948, the OKB-155, led by chief designer AI Mikoyan, together with CAGI specialists, almost immediately outlined measures to further increase it. As early as July 26, 1949, a prototype MiG-17 fighter (I-330, SI) ascended into the air.

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  • Piston aircraft engine M-5 (Liberty 12)

    📕3.259 🕔01.05.2021

    The Ikar plant proposed to organize the production of powerful engines and in 1922 received an order for their production, and the American Liberty-12 and the French Hispano-Suiza 8Fb (M-6) with 400 and 300 hp were selected as samples. The Liberty-12 was an American aircraft engine manufactured since the end of 1917.

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  • Soviet Sabre

    📕5.442 🕔30.04.2021

    The history of Soviet aviation contains many interesting pages, one of which is an attempt to copy the American fighter F-86 Sabre, undertaken in the USSR in 1952-53. 

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  • T-34. A machine according to Soviet rules

    📕5.973 🕔31.05.2021

    Contrary to popular belief, the truth never lies in the middle. Under the pressure of irrefutable evidence, it moves in favor of one angle or another, which often dissolves somewhere in the fourth dimension, beyond our comprehension. The path to truth is thorny and blooming, and the result achieved is far from the prevailing notions of "good" and "bad" principles of this world.

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  • TR-1 jet engine

    📕3.069 🕔01.05.2021

    Even before A.M. Ljulka started working on the jet engine, similar work was done in England and Germany, that the first jet engines were tested here in 1937 and the first flight of the jet engine took place in Germany in 1939. But all this happened in deep secrecy. So A.M. Ljulka went this route alone and is rightly considered the founder of the development of jet engines in the USSR.

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  • TU-95

    📕7.210 🕔30.04.2021

    In the second half of the Great Patriotic War, the Soviet aerospace industry was given the task of creating a high-speed high-altitude and high-altitude bomber that would correspond in its flight to the latest American long-range bomber, the B-29 Superfortress. Research and development work, which began in 1943, led to the development of several domestic projects for aircraft of similar purpose.

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  • V-2 tank engine

    📕4.233 🕔01.05.2021

    The V-2 engine was installed before the war on Soviet light tanks BT-7M, medium tanks T-34 and heavy KV-1 and KV-2, as well as on a heavy crawler artillery tractor Voroshilovec. During the war, it was installed on medium tanks T-34, heavy KV and IS, as well as on cars derived from them. In the post-war years, this engine was modernized and its direct descendants are modern tank engines.

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  • Who was the designer of the T-34?

    📕6.341 🕔28.04.2021

    The history of the T-34 tank fell on the period of "great terror" and was in many ways tragic for their creators. According to canonical Soviet historiography, the creation of the T-34 is associated exclusively with the name of the chief designer Mikhail Koshkin, who in December 1936 replaced the convicted Afanasiy Firsov. It should be noted that a design genius was needed to develop a groundbreaking tank design, and Koshkin was not.

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  • Why was the Czech modernization of the T-72 more successful than the Soviet and Russian ones?

    📕6.347 🕔31.05.2021

    Recently, information has emerged about the renewal of the Czech modernization program T-72, which took place in the late 90's. After that, 35 tanks for the Czech Army, which received the designation T-72M4 CZ, were modernized under this program by 2006, and the program was stopped for financial reasons. Now the Czech Republic is considering modernizing several hundred vehicles for its army and possibly for export.

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