Here’s a pic I meant to post of the Hungarian T-72 tanks on their way to Iraq that MO’s kept an eye on:
Click for a better look. It was taken in Slovenia as they began the trip to the Sandbox. From a Defense Solutions LLC press release forwarded to MO.
Here’s a pic of one unloading in Iraq:
Even though the business end of the main gun is pointing at you, you’re looking at the rear of the vehicle. Notice the curved brackets folded against the hull. Those are for holding the RPG magnets:
It’s hard to make out, but I think that it’s item #10 on this drawing. Fuel tanks for added range. If you like driving a long way to a barbecue on the beach.
Here’s a pic of Iraqi Gen. Bashar, commander of the Iraqi Army’s 9th Division (Mechanized), driving one of his new tanks.
Someone will have to tell him it’s now okay for Iraqi tanks to point thier turrets forward when within range of American firepower.
Okay. Enough joking. These last two photos are from the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq website
Here’s the cover of the latest MNSTC-I newsletter:
The cover story is about a parade put on by the new armored brigade of the Iraqi 9th Division:
Yesterday, I noted that Strategy Page reported that the Iraqis are hoping that we’ll be leaving behind some M1s when we “redeploy” some of our forces. I’ve got to say that I don’t think that’s the greatest idea in the world. Out of the millions of things that could happen after doing so, only a few of them are good. I think T-72s are plenty good enough.