Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

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Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يناير 10, 2018 12:58 pm

On tactical cell there is discussion about a local upgrade to the T55 / Type69 called the "kafeel 1". This is on the back of recent visit by PMU officials to the Czech Republic where upgrades to old soviet tanks were discussed with Excalibur.



here's the blurb

خلية الخبراء التكتيكية تكشف لاول مرة عن مشروع الدبابة الوطنية( كفيل-1 ) الذي صمم و سينفذ داخل العراق و بخبرات وطنية خالصة
فالمشروع الذي ترعاه العتبة العباسية المطهرة و باشراف قائد فرقة العباس القتالية ميثم الزيدي يهدف لتحويل اسطول دبابات لواء الفرقة بالكامل من دبابات T-55 السوفيتية العتيقة الى دبابة kafil-1 العراقية الحديثة

⚫ الدبابة زودت بنظام الكتروني و حاسب باليستي متكامل من تصنيع عراقي يتعامل مع مختلف المدخلات لاعطاء وعي ظرفي عالي للطاقم و دقة عالية في اصابة الاهداف و بسهولة مطلقة بما في ذلك المتحركة بسرعات عالية

⚫ دروع تفاعلية حديثة من مناشئ اوربية مع طبقة تدريع محلي تكسب الدبابة حماية عالية بوجه مضادات الدروع الحديثة و الصواريخ الموجهة

⚫ اجهزة رؤية ليلية / نهارية / حرارية مع رؤية بانورامية تغطي زاوية 360 درجة بما في ذلك للزوايا الحرجة من محيط الدبابة

⚫ اجهزة اتصالات حديثة و مشفرة و مقاومة للتشويش

⚫ رشاش سقفي متحكم به من داخل الدبابة كهربائيا مزود بكافة وسائل الرؤية للعمل بصورة مستقلة بامرة امر طائفة الدبابة

⚫ نقل عش العتاد لمكان امن خارج الدبابة لتوفير حماية اكبر للطاقم في حال استهداف الدبابة و وفق نموذج عمل دبابة الابرامز

مشروع دبابة الكفيل-1 " kafil-1 tank " هو درة تاج التصنيع العسكري العراقي في المرحلة الحالية و نتيجة تراكم خبرات حروب المدن و المناطق المفتوحة و الزراعية و خبرات التصنيع الحربي في الحشد الشعبي فرقة العباس القتالية بخبرات شركات التصنيع الوطنية السابقة

وهو مشروع واعد من شأنه رفع الكفائة القتالية للقوات المدرعة العراقية بتصاميم محلية تتفوق على كافة العروض الاجنبية التي قدمت بما في ذلك الاوربية منها وهي مفخرة بحق لسلاح الدروع العراقي و للتصنيع الحربي الوطني

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يناير 10, 2018 12:59 pm

some pics

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some of the old tanks from the "abbas combat brigade" that could be the focus of the upgrade.

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يناير 10, 2018 1:10 pm

the upgrade will be performed with Iraqi capabilities.
The Abbassi foundation of Karbala is undertaking the project
The project is under the supervision of Maytham Al Zaidi, the commander of the abbas combat brigade
The aim is to transform all their tanks to capable modern tanks.

-electronic systems and ballistic computer of local manufacture to enable fire on the move and hitting fast moving targets with ease.
-reactive armour, imported from europe, and a layer of locally made armour to give high levels of protection from anti tank missiles.
-day night thermal sights inclding a 360 degree panoramic sight
-encrypted communications systems with high level of anti jamming capability
-remote controlled roof mounted machine gun.
-turret bustle to hold ammunition in a separate compartment similar to the Abrams

the local design is optimised based on combat experience and is superior to other offers for tank upgrades received from foreign companies including european ones.

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة mosab » الأربعاء يناير 10, 2018 4:06 pm

1- The turret looks like the turret from Merkava I & II.
2- Is there an upgrade of the gun??? Upgrading all our older tanks with 120 mm guns will offer commonality with the Abrams.
3- How much will cost, & is it feasible to upgrade the T-72s?
4- I don't feel comfortable with the PMU keeping MBTs, I thought the Prime Minister clearly said that heavy weapons should be transferred to the army?
Per Ardua, Ad Astra.

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يناير 10, 2018 9:46 pm

honestly I don't think its even a real thing.

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة TangoIII » السبت يناير 20, 2018 1:28 am

Iraq Learned Tank Lessons in the War With Islamic State

The Iraqi army sees value in upgrading older T-55s

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Following its success against the Islamic State (ISIS) on the battlefield Iraq is looking into the future needs of its armored forces. Baghdad has plans to purchase T-90 main battle tanks on the table and is simultaneously evaluating the feasibility of fundamentally revamping its fleet of vintage T-55 tanks and transform them into much more modern weapon platforms.

This is according to a report in the Al Sura news agency which says that Iraq will transform its T-55/Type 69s in its arsenal, following a series of extensive upgrades, into new domestically-produced Khafil-1 tanks. “Khafil” is Arabic for “Guarantor.”

The Iraqis plan to achieve this feat by adding locally-manufactured armor and imported European-made reactive armor to their units of the world’s most common tank. On top of this the Khafil will get a ballistic computer, enabling it to track other moving targets while on the move itself, a separate ammunition compartment, to lessen any harm done to the crew if the tank takes a direct hit, and a remotely-operated machine gun.

These upgrades will make the Khafil a formidable foe.

The 140 or so refurbished M-1 Abrams tanks in the Iraqi arsenal proved their mettle in the battle against ISIS with very few being permanently taken out of action by the militant’s anti-tank missiles. While Iraq’s Abrams fleet performed well in the war, the Iraqi presently lacks the budget to buy more of these tanks. As of 2016, Iraq possessed some 100 M-1 tanks, 120 T-72s and 50 T-55s, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Additionally, according to the Al Sura report, another reason the Iraqi army believes transforming their T-55s into a modern tank is its best option because large, main battle tanks offered by European suppliers are “not in line with Iraqi combat experience.”

Rather, Iraq requires more, “nimble and well equipped tanks” which “have been designated this role with the Russian T-90 and American Abrams taking the role of main battle tanks for the Iraqi army.”

Much of this has to do with cost. Buying new, bulky British Challenger or German Leopard tanks, and then trying to adapt them for Iraqi service, will cost considerably more than upgrading existing tanks. Iraqi tank crews are also experienced with Russian and American tanks – likely options for future purchases.

The new T-90s Iraq plans to get are, of course, basically modern versions of the iconic Soviet-era T-72 tank, of which the Iraqis also possess a substantial number. Iraq’s neighbor Iran floated the idea, in late 2016, of buying up to 300 T-90 tanks but instead only bought a mere 24 and gave them to regime loyalists in Syria.

Shortly thereafter Tehran announced the introduction of the Karrar or “Striker” tank, which resembles the T-90. Iran boasts that the tank can take on any other modern tank in the world. However, the Karrar has not been battle-tested, as the T-90s in Syria have, and Tehran has not yet demonstrated any capability to mass-produce them.

Also of note is the fact the Karrar resembles the characteristics of several other tanks the Iranians have long had in their arsenal.

The Karrar “is based on the T-72 platform, but it also has something from the American Abrams and M-60 tanks,” retired Russian army Maj. Gen. Vladimir Bogatyrev told Sputnik, the Kremlin-owned media outlet. “Some elements are borrowed from the M-48 and the British Chieftain tank. They took all these elements and tried to design their own tank.”

Tehran has, of course, yet to prove if the Karrar will live up to its own hype.

The road the Iraqis are pursuing with their T-55s is realistic. Reactive armor, improved protection and weapons suites could make the Khafil a suitable tank for future battlefields in Iraq given the fact that Baghdad is much more likely to face irregular and non-conventional adversaries such as ISIS rather than modern armies with their own armored forces. The catch is that – given the the proliferation of advanced technology globally — irregular combatants in the 21st century are much more likely to have better weapons such as anti-tank guided missiles, requiring even older tanks go into battle with appropriate countermeasures.

Extensive upgrades can also give new life to an otherwise old and seemingly obsolete tank. Israel, for example, helped Turkey extensively modify its fleet of American-made M-60 Patton tanks, turning nearly 200 of them into a more modern variant called the Sabra. These upgrades included explosive reactive armor, remotely-operated machine guns and a 120-millimeter cannon which is much improved over the M-60’s original 105-millimeter gun.

The Israelis themselves demonstrated in the October 1973 Yom Kippur War that American-built Sherman tanks left over from World War II could – with upgrades — hold their own against much newer Soviet-made T-55s and T-62s.

In conclusion, if Baghdad properly evaluates their existent tanks’ performance in the war against ISIS and can produce and purchase the equipment they need to make the Khafil-1 a reality, which is already very likely, it might just well prove to be the most cost effective weapon system for Baghdad’s future ground wars.

http://warisboring.com/iraq-learned-tan ... mic-state/

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » السبت مارس 30, 2019 8:39 pm

this recent picture (from what is presumably a pre-2003 prototype) rekindled the idea about this ....

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يونيو 12, 2019 5:47 pm

it wasn't too far off.

we can also see a small camera on the side. (also on the back of the tank).

These simple commercial off the shelf camera add ons do add to the short range visibility of the crew.

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يونيو 12, 2019 5:47 pm

from front. seems like a laser range finder above gun barrel.

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يونيو 12, 2019 5:48 pm

and more . back of the turret has bustle for ammo and chain armour

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يونيو 12, 2019 5:50 pm

turret has remote operated 12.7mm with its own sights

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يونيو 12, 2019 5:51 pm

rather thin looking side skirts. I wonder if the reactive armour part is real?

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يونيو 12, 2019 5:53 pm

rear bustle looks like thin welded steel plates. doesn't seem to have panels for reloading from outside.

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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يونيو 12, 2019 5:54 pm

rear of the engine seems to have a little camera for rear viewing.
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Re: Kafeel - 1 Tank - upgraded T55/Type69

مشاركة بواسطة hayder » الأربعاء يونيو 12, 2019 5:55 pm

the front tank aesthetic really does resemble that one pre-2003 prototype seen above

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