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4s The Shooting Range
7s In this episode:
9s Pages of History: Swedish Tender for Best MBT
13s Tactics & Strategy: Winning in Tank Football
16s And Metal Beasts: The New Trainer
29s We’d like to continue talking about the new vehicles added this spring.
32s Today we’re going to focus on the namesake of the Alpha Strike update.
36s Please welcome!
37s A light attack jet and trainer aircraft co-manufactured by Germany and France:
43s the Alpha Jet.
44s Our game offers two modifications,
46s but today’s feature will be limited to the German version.
54s This aircraft is pretty similar to the Italian AMX Ghibli
58s that we talked about not so long ago.
60s Still, comparing them would be a questionable idea:
63s despite sharing some design features and class,
66s these aircraft belong to different weight categories.
69s An empty Alpha Jet has half the mass of its Italian counterpart,
73s so it’d make more sense to compare it to another combat trainer,
76s the Swedish Saab 105.
82s The Alpha’s power plant is a twin turbojet engine
85s with an afterburning power of around 2,500 kilogram-forces.
89s It’s not much, it’s but good enough for such a lightweight machine.
93s While you shouldn’t expect impressive dynamics,
96s you can still very well achieve around 1000 km/h near the ground if you’re patient.
101s Just try not to make any sudden movements at that speed.
104s Combine a pitch and a roll, and you can kiss your wingtips goodbye.
112s In air combat, this plane has no armament choice to speak of.
116s There’s only one 27-mm cannon available.
119s But what a cannon it is!
122s It has an ammo pool of 150 rounds, which is more than on the high-ranking Gripen.
127s It offers a good rate of fire, amazing accuracy, and great damage.
132s After getting used to its low fire density,
134s downing targets with short bursts becomes easy.
137s There’s one surprising bonus as well: countermeasures.
140s At a battle rating this low, they’re a luxury.
143s The Alpha Jet doesn’t see a lot of radar-guided missiles
146s so you wouldn’t need a lot of chaff, but flares certainly wouldn’t hurt.
154s And now, for the juiciest part: close air support.
158s The aircraft won’t surprise anyone with its payload:
161s just six bombs or blocks of rockets.
163s What makes it appealing though is a ballistic computer
166s for all available ordnance.
168s This means the Alpha Jet can deliver precision strikes
171s while staying outside the range of most anti-aircraft guns.
175s You might say: “Can’t the targets just drive away from the bombs?”
179s And you’d be right!
180s But experience tells us that most tanks don’t bother with repositioning,
184s and some anti-air gunners never even leave the spawn point.
188s When you spend all the bombs and rockets, you can still use the cannon.
191s Your ballistic computer will help you even with that.
194s The AP belt will go through light vehicles like a hot knife through butter
198s and might even find a flaw in heavy armor.
210s The Leopard 2 was originally developed for use in another world war.
214s The Fulda Gap, an area between the two Germanies,
217s was expected to decide the fate of Europe and the rest of the world
220s in a massive battle between Western armies and Soviet tanks.
224s Thankfully, the plan never had to be executed,
227s and once the Cold War was over,
228s the tank race shifted into competing for clients and their wallets.
232s By the early 1990s, Sweden’s park of heavy armor was pretty outdated.
237s Even the latest Centurions and S-tanks couldn’t impress anyone,
241s while their own MBT program died down.
244s That’s why the government announced a tender in 1993
247s and opened it to manufacturers from all over the world.
251s The American General Dynamics brought its Abrams,
253s the German Krauss-Maffei, the Leopard 2,
256s and the French GIAT offered its Leclerc.
259s There was one more contestant that felt out of place though...
263s With an economic crisis threatening to go haywire,
266s Russian officials decided to make a bold move
268s and take part in this tender, offering the T-80U.
271s Sweden evaluated the vehicles in five metrics:
274s mobility, fire control systems, tactical data systems,
278s reliability, and survivability.
281s According to reports, Western tanks successfully passed all trials,
285s while the T-80 only passed the mobility test.
288s Experts noted the outdated fire control systems
291s but deemed the tank good enough for daytime.
293s The T-80 did have night vision devices,
296s but its NVDs were clearly inferior to the rest of the competition.
299s Its reverse speed was also remarkably low,
302s which limited its application in certain combat scenarios.
306s Last but not least, Sweden wasn’t impressed by the T-80’s firepower.
311s They believed that even 105-mm cannons armed with modern ammo
315s offered equal performance to the tank’s 125-mm discarding sabot shells.
321s Armor was also tested with a bit of good old shooting.
324s The Leopard scored the highest.
325s Its modular wedge-shaped turret was so good that most of it was basically invincible.
331s The Leopard also won the chassis tests
333s thanks to its reliability and a more efficient engine.
336s By the way, the Abrams scored the lowest in this part
339s due to its fuel-hungry gas turbine engine.
342s The German tank also made a good impression in the ‘firepower’ part of the trials.
346s Even before the tests were complete, it was clear that the Leopard was far ahead.
351s The T-80 was eliminated,
352s and neither the Leclerc nor the Abrams managed to shorten the gap.
356s The outcome was unsurprising.
358s In 1994, Sweden purchased more than a hundred old Leopard 2 tanks.
363s The A4 modification was designated Stridsvagn 121,
367s while fresher A5 versions were adjusted to Swedish standards
371s and accepted into service as the Stridsvagn 122.
390s Why don’t we take a break from the endless battles?
393s Let’s check out a nearby stadium!
395s Touch some grass, play ball...
398s Besides, the Tank Football event is hot right now!
401s To make this fun chaos a bit more educational,
404s we’ll throw in some tips and tricks to help you get to that Queen’s song.
408s So, there are two types of games in this event:
411s 3v3 for solo players and 4v4 for squads.
416s Tactics are better employed with friends, of course,
418s so we’ll be playing the squad tournament tonight.
424s The game starts with the orange team’s initiative.
427s With some skill, you can launch your first attack right from the center of the field.
431s The forward player just needs to move the ball to a comfy position for a strike.
435s All it takes is driving straight and pushing the ball twice.
438s Move it between the goalposts and the attacker
440s to give them a chance to accelerate and give the ball a strong kick.
444s Let’s see what it looks like for the attacker.
446s They accelerate towards the kicking point in advance
448s and shoot the ball to give it some extra force.
451s Done correctly, this will launch the ball towards the opponent’s goalposts.
455s With some practice, you can even learn how to direct the ball into a specific corner.
459s Of course, sending the ball there is cool,
461s but the other team has a goalie and doesn’t intend to sit idle.
464s That’s where the other two players come into play: they’re just as important.
468s They spawn next to the goalposts for those cases
471s when the plan goes awry and your team needs to defend.
475s One of them should guard the goal line,
477s while the other one needs to move to the center of their side of the field
480s and get ready to both attack and defend.
485s The defending team can’t attack first,
487s but they can still seize the initiative very quickly if they know what to do.
491s The goalie has the most straightforward position:
493s they spawn next to the goal line, and all they need to do
496s is reposition their vehicle for the best result.
498s Two more ‘athletes’ mirror each other on the left and the right.
502s Their main task is to head to the center of the field, speed up,
505s and block the attacker in a jump.
508s These two players can become the first line of defense.
510s You can also turn your tank sideways to improve your coverage.
514s A blocked ball would often ricochet to the opposite side of the field,
517s and the teams would trade initiative.
518s But let’s say the block was unsuccessful.
521s Then, you need your second line of defense:
524s the fourth player who spawns the furthest.
526s Their best position is in the center of their side of the field.
529s This allows them to both help the goalkeeper
531s and support an offense depending on the situation.
537s And finally, here’s a couple more tricks.
540s You’ll often see the ball next to a wall
542s where multiple players from both teams try to push it out.
545s It’s tempting to get inside this chaos
546s and show everyone who’s the real dribbling master...
549s But more often than not, leaving a single player inside the mess
553s while the rest wait for a good chance is a more effective approach.
557s Sooner or later, the ball will come out,
559s and the more players are ready for a coordinated attack, the better.
563s Another great skill is redirecting the ball to the enemy goal.
566s You don’t often get a chance for a good kick in the middle of a round,
569s so the second best option is a corner pass.
572s One player needs to speed up along the wall while others wait next to the goalpost.
579s Do you have any tips and tricks of your own? Share them in the comments!
583s We hope you all score spectacular goals and have a great time!
587s Meanwhile, we’ll answer some of your questions.
602s The first question was sent by a player called GHOSTDOG:
605s “What’s the best loadout for the Su-25?”
608s Hi Ghost Dog! If you mean the earliest Su-25,
613s we’d probably go for the most popular loadout:
615s eight S-25O rockets and two R-60M missiles.
620s We also talked about other great loadouts
622s in the Arsenal sections dedicated to the Su-25.
627s Not rook asks:
629s “Why do some Vautour bombers have a bomb sight, while others don’t?”
634s Hey, Not Rook! Not all Vautours are bombers.
638s Some are attack aircraft and interceptors, and those don’t have bomb sights.
644s Another question comes from Toe1000:
646s “Where are the best places to put bushes on the M1A1?”
651s Hi Toe! It depends on the size and number of bushes.
654s We’d probably go for the gun mantlet first to hide the turret cheeks and lines.
659s Then you can mask the turret ring and the hull.
663s GuyNate2000 writes:
665s “I’d love to see the A-1H or the AM-1 in the Pages of History.”
670s Hello Nate! We’ve actually talked about them before, in episode #313!
675s Check it out when you get a chance!
677s That’s it for today. You’ve been watching the Shooting Range by Gaijin Entertainment,
681s and the next episode will premier the following Sunday
683s at 4 PM GMT or noon Eastern time.
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690s Don’t forget to recall your internal Messi,
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695s and see you next week!