0:20 General specifications
2:05 Identification features of the Polar Star.
11:02 Additional information on the Polar Star.

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USA Patriotism!

Nicholas Sorrentino

The USCG heavy icebreaker entered service in 1976 while one of a class of two heavy icebreakers, her sister ship Polar Sea is no longer operational. Today the Polar Star is the United States only operational heavy icebreaker. She and her sister were built by Lockheed Shipbuilding. The icebreaker Healy is considered a medium icebreaker.
Polar Star is the only ship in the United States' fleet large enough to break the heavy sea ice to access McMurdo, the U.S. research station in Antarctica.

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Christa Mines

AiirSource Military

The KC-135 has been in service with the USAF for more than 60 years. While larger aircraft such as the KC-10 Extender can carry a larger quantity of fuel and carog is is The KC-135 that form the backbone of the USAF tanker fleet.

Four turbofans, mounted under 35-degree swept wings, power the KC-135 to takeoffs at gross weights of up to more than 320,000 lbs pounds. A deck above the refueling system can hold passengers and or/cargo. Depending on the fuel load the KC-135 can carry more than 80,000 pounds of cargo.
Nearly all internal fuel can be pumped through the flying boom, the KC-135's primary fuel transfer method. One crewmember, known as the boom operator, is stationed in the rear of the plane and controls the boom during in-flight air refueling.

This is an update of an earlier video.
Also BIG thanks to the user( I don't remember the name) who pointed out the mistake I made in the earlier video on the gepard.)

Clips found in this episode can be found at the links below.



The Gepard came out of the 1960s entering service with German army (Bundewehr) in 1973 as the Flakpanzer 1. Designed to help protect NATO armored forces from opposing WARSAWPACT aircraft such as the Su-17 which could carry more than 4 tons of bombs. While of course NATO aircraft were superior qualitvely there was no guarantee they could stop dozen of communist aircraft from reach western armored formations. Thankfully these scenario never occurred.

This is an update of an earlier video on the Russian Su-17 Fitter.

**I want to say thanks to "Fighting Fitter." He has an amazing page on Twitter.

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Seba Jacko


A further development of the earlier Su-7 (NATO name Fitter) the variable winged the Su-17 fitter enjoyed a long career and even today can be found in operational service outside of the former Soviet Union.
The earlier Su-7 was an aircraft with a fixed, swept, wing which entered service in 1959. To its credit it may still be operational with the airforce of North Korea. However, Soviet leadership wanted a fighter bomber with longer range and an improved payload carrying ability. Out of this requirement the Su-17 was born. The production model Su-17M or fitter C featured moernized avionics and a more powerful engine. Incidentally the ‘M’ in the designation means ‘modernized.’

The popular AMX 13 light tank led to a number of vehicles based upon the AMX 13 chassis. One of these was the F3 155 mm howitzer. However the rear was shortened and modified to suit its role as an SPG (Self propelled gun.) More than 600 were produced since entering service in the 1960s. However, the weapon has long been replaced in French service. The weapon proved popler overseas with at least 10 countries outside France buying the weapon. However, several countries have or are in the process of phasing it out.

The standard identification features of the U.S Boeing 737 and the European Airbus A320 series of narrow body aircraft.

Science & Technology

How to identify the Russian Akula, Sierra, and Victor 3 nuclear attack submarines.

The victor 3 ssn or project 671 known in Russia as the Shcuka or Pike, was the first Russian nuclear attack submarine that started to approach western levels of quietness. Until the Victor 3 one of the biggest advantages the west had was underwater acoustic levels in their SSNs.
The Russian Sierra or project 945 series and named Barracuda class in Russia are made of titanium and first entered service in the 80s. Designed to counter the latest generation of western submarines they were almost as quiet as the latest American and British SSNs. These boats carried significantly more weapons than earlier Russian SSNs. Unlike the earlier victors which carried around 20 sublaunched weapons the Sierras carried around 40.

Perhaps the most famous Russian attack submarine in service is the project 971 or Shchuka -B series known to western observers as the Akula class.
Planned as a cheaper alternative to the titanium hulled Sierra class SSN the steel hulled rival has overshadowed its more costly rival and forms the heart of the Russain SSN force.

While in the there maybe confusion to the name of the Akulas which means Shark, and was used by the Russians to name the SSBN which the west know as the Typhoon.

The arriaval on the Akula alarmed western military analuysts as westen intelligence believed Russia was at least a decade away from producing such an advanced vessel.

This is an update of an earlier video.

Launched in 1982 the USS Ticonderoga missile cruisers were developed from the Spruance-class family of fleet destroyers. (Don’t even get me started on the short sighted decision of the U.S N to get rid of the Spruance class.)
The defining feature and heart of the Ticos is the Aegis combat system. The namesake of the class fitted with the Mk 26 twin armed missile launchers, and similarly fitted ships are no longer in operation. The MK 26 was an effective system however, it was not capable of firing the later versions of the standard missile that maybe launched from the Mk 41 VLS system. ESSM, evolved sea sparrom missile may also be fired from the Mk 41.

*This is an update of an earlier video.

Germanys F124 or Sachsen class is one of the most advanced warships in the world. These powerful ships in size and capability are likely closer to destroyers than their frigate classification.

The design of the Type 124 Sachsen class frigate is based on that of the Type 123 Brandenburg class. This technologically advanced frigates enhanced stealth features intended to deceive any opponent's radar and acoustic sensors.

Born out of U.S Navy and USMC requirement for an attack aircraft to replace the Douglas A1 Skyraider the A4 Skyhawk went on to serve with militaries throughout the globe. Serving with distinction with the Israeli airforce in the Middle East the U.S in Vietnam, and while the British may not think so, the Argentinians in the Falklands.
The aircraft today must surely be in the twilight of its career with its first flight more than 65 years ago in 1954.

This is an update of an earlier video.

The Kirov class is a cruiser of Soviet origin. The name Kirov is a Western designation for the Project 1144 Orlan (Sea Eagle). The Kirov class is the largest missile cruiser ever developed. In Russia this type of ship is referred to as a heavy nuclear powered missile cruiser. Due to its size the Kirov class is sometimes referred to as a battlecruiser. built by the Baltic Shipyard in Saint Petersburg.
The Kirov Class provides the capability to engage large surface ships and to defend the fleet against air and submarine attack. Four cruisers were built but only Admiral Nakhimov (commissioned in 1988) and Pyotr Velikhiy (commissioned in 1995) remain active.

How to recognize and identify the French AMX-13 light tank and Austrian SK-105 tank destroyer/light tank.

Reuploaded to correct a mistake. Thanks Johnny59 for pointing it out.

The Nanchang Q-5/A-5 is viewed by many as a somewhat decrepit strike aircraft when compared to the latest 4th and 5th Generation offerings. Nevertheless, to airforces operating on a budget the Q-5 retains vigorous battlefield qualities, low procurement and maintenance costs, high speed performance and good handling qualities at low levels. For many low threat environments the Fantan is more than adequate.

While no longer in service with the U.S Armed forces the M110 howitzer soldiers on with several other militaries across the globe. Japan, Iran, Greece, Taiwan, Egypt and several other nations.

The primary armament of course is the 8” or 203mm gun mounted towards the rear of the vehicle. Unlike the smaller M109 155mm howitzer the M110 has no enclosed turret to protect the crew from shell splinters or inclement weather.

The 5,400-ton Admiral Gorshkov-class is the largest class of surface combatants to be built by Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The ships are multi-purpose platforms designed for anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine warfare actions. The primary armament of the class consists of stand-off anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles

How to identify and recognize the M119 howitzer.

The M119 light weight howitzer is modified version of the British L118 Light Gun towed howitzer. However, overall it is slightly smaller than its British parent and fires fixed rather than the separate cased ammunition used in the British gun. The U.S impressed by the British L118 during the Falklands war which led to the licensed produced M119 for the U.S Army.
The M119 entered service with the U.S Army in 1989 replacing the earlier M102 105mm howitzer.

*Update from earlier video

The variable wing, twin engined, Su-24 interdiction and bomber aircraft is designed to penetrate hostile territory and destroy surface targets in all weather conditions, day and night.
While the Fencer was often compared with the now larger but now retired Amerian F-111, a more apt comparison would probably be with the still in service Panavia Tornado.
The Fencer design started in the 1960s entering active service in 1973. While the aircraft is facing gradual retirement those that remain in service have undergone significant upgrades including GLONASS (broadly Russian equivalent to GPS), modernized cockpits, head up display, improved countermeasures and a secondary air to air capability with the ability to carry the R-73. The same weapon found on the Mig 29 and Su-27.

While the MiG-31 Foxhound has not proven to be an export success in the same way as its predecessor the Mig-25 Foxbat or the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker variants have, the Foxhound is proving itself to be a versatile and flexible aircraft for the Russian Air Force. The MiG-31—with its powerful sensors, long range and payload mated with its high speed and altitude—has proven vital for defending Russia’s vast frontiers. Like the Americans with the B-52 Russian defense planners have found new uses for what many had written off as an outdated design.

The supersonic mig 25 caused quite a stir in the west setting records in speed and altitude climbing ability. However, when the a Soviet pilot decided to land his plane in Japan and defected to the west, much to the annoyance of the then USSR, the secrets of the aircraft become known. The plane was designed as an interceptor rather than an air superiority fighter. Its job was to take out American, French and British bombers before they deployed their weapons against the Soviets.

*This is an update of an earlier video.

Flying first in 1977 the Mig 29 along with the larger SU-27 Flanker proved a powerful counter to the USAF F-16, F-15 combination and the US. Navy F-14, F18 pairing.
Like its lightweight western fighter counterparts the F-16 and F/A-18 the Mig 29 has morphed from an air defense fighter into a capable multirole aircraft.
When it first showed up, in 1977, the MiG-29, was a surprising revelation: The Soviets appeared to be catching up with western aerospace tech. A similar refrain echoed in the submarine community.

*This is an update of an earlier video.

Unquestionably one of the most impressive combat aircraft on the world stage the SU-27 Flanker series continues to turn heads wherever it goes, from air shows to theatres of war. This plane promises to impress for decades to come.

Flanker has morphed from primarily an air to air land based fighter into a capable multirole platform taking off from land bases and ships at sea.

*Update from earlier video.

Tornado development started in 1968, when the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy initiated a shared project to produce a low-level, supersonic aircraft. Panavia Aircraft, a tri-national company established in Germany, built the variable sweep wing aircraft, and the first prototype flew on Aug. 14, 1974. Operational deliveries began in July 1980.

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing combat aircraft. There are three primary versions of the Tornado; the Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike) fighter-bomber, the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (air defence variant) interceptor.

Update from earlier video

Derived from the Northrop YF-17, a product of the USAF Lightweight Fighter (LWF) competition the F-18 Hornet entered service with the United States Navy and USMC in 1984.
The LWF had to finalists the YF-17 and YF-16. The USAF chose the single engine YF-16 which entered USAF service as the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The navy, which initially had little interest in the air force contest later selected the twin engined YF-17 with its wider landing gear as the basis for the future F/A-18. Having wider landing gear is a preferred feature on carrier based aircraft. Strengthened and modified for naval use the plane went into service as the F/A-18 Hornet.

Built on a lengthened and modified M2 Bradley IFV the M270 MLRS entered service with the U.S in 1983. Today 1,300 serve with 15 nations around the globe.
Each pod contains six standard rockets or a guided ATACMS missile. Normally two pods of either type are carried. If 2x6 round pods are used all twelve rockers may be fired in than a minute. 2 rounds in 10 sec for the tactical missiles.

A single salvo of rockets can cover a square kilometer with submunitions, earning the M270 the nickname “Grid Square Removal System”. Typical configuration consisted of three M270 firing all 12 rockets at once. Indeed each warhead in constituted of 644 M77 grenades. A bombardment from a single launcher showers a target area with 23,184 grenades

This is an update of an earlier video.

A video on how to identify and recognize the U.S F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter.

Initially a product of McDonnell Douglas the Eagle is now produced under the Boeing label. Seen as the pinnacle of fighter aircraft for much of its existence The twin engine F-15 is a high-performance, all-weather air superiority fighter, renowned for its awesome acceleration and agility. With a top speed in excess of Mach 2.5 (more than 1,600 mph or 2575 kph), it was the first U.S. fighter with enough thrust to accelerate vertically. The F-15 carries a large complement or combination of weapons — including AIM-9 Sidewinders and AMRAM; Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and a multitude of additional weapons including rockets and bombs. Additionally, an internal 20 mm Gatling cannon is a major feature of the F-15 weapons system.
The first aircraft was delivered to the USAF in 1974 with the first squadron reaching operational status in 1976.


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Will focus primarily, but not solely on military topics such as the identification of commonly seen military equipment and items. In addition will look at military news and events across the globe.

With the identification series I will focus primarily on the platform identification features rather than the capabilities. I shall be adding weapons and platform capabilities over the next few months. The trouble is sorting out the facts from fiction all the while ensuring that I am not passing on classified information. For those of you who have offered information please, please, please DO NOT send me classified info. I realize a lot of the information that is available to the public is inaccurate. However, militaries keep actual specifics classified for a reason.

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