Drones and Anti-Missile Systems Being Used to Protect Tanks

When it comes to technology and tanks, we often think of one of two extremes. Firstly the original tanks from years ago, with the large cannons mounted to tracks and then we think to our idea of the future, with giant floating armoured platforms. It would seem the marines are looking to go somewhere inbetween, but not with flying tanks but ones equipped with more systems to help protect tanks from their enemies.

The U.S. Marine Corps is looking at using technology, not additional armour, to help protect their vehicles. First up on the list of technologies is the use of electronic anti-missile systems, or active protective systems, that will detect and intercept anything from a guided anti-tank rocket to the likes of a rocket propelled grenade (such as those used in RPG’s). The system in place would be the Israli Trophy Active Protection System (APS), with four systems being mounted to both Stryker combat vehicles and M1A2 tanks.

With jammers and missile interception components working together the hardware is commonly designed to protect ships or airplanes, but with threats changing the military wants to be one step ahead. That isn’t all, with the Marines also looking at “unmanned aerial systems” (Drones) to help spot enemies before they can even launch the attack.

Combining knowledge about threats before they happen with active and passive defence systems is a nice way to protect soldiers from unwanted threats at a moments notice.

Russia Wants World of Tanks Players to Remote-Control its Tanks

Following the reveal of a series of remote-controlled tanks developed by a Russian defence contractor, the country’s deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin claims that future mobile infantry drivers will not emerge from the military as is traditional, but instead from gamers versed in popular MMO World of Tanks.

“We need no tankers now, we need World of Tanks players,” read a tweet by Rogozin.

https://twitter.com/Rogozin/status/653469089000783873

Rogozin has previously predicted a world in which “bespectacled nerds” would crush the “handsome athletes who fight on a lower technological level” in a new brand of techno-warfare.

The remote-controlled T-90 tank, developed by the Uralvagonzavod company, is able to be remotely piloted from up to 5 kilometres away. Earlier this year, fellow Russian armoured vehicle manufacturer Tractor Plants built the Kurganets-25 tank which based its control interface on PlayStation controller.

Albert Bakov, Vice President Tractor Plants, said at the time, “I spent two years on convincing the designers to make the console similar to a Sony Playstation gamepad, to make it easier for a young soldier to familiarise himself with it.”

It seems Russia has found a unique angle by which to recruit the next generation of military vehicle drivers. If the UK armed forces are seeking tacticians, I’m great at Risk.

Thank you RT for providing us with this information.

ShellShock Live Reduces Price and Adds 3 New Game Modes

If you are a fan of games such as Scorched Earth, Death Tank, and Worms, then ShellShock might be a great game to pick up, especially as they’ve just dropped the price with the latest update.

The game was originally a Flash game, but it has now been ported for Steam and works on both Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. It might not sport the best of graphics, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a great game. The user reviews are very positive despite the game still being in Early access.

ShellShock is a multiplayer game with a simple mission: Use your tanks to blow up your enemies tanks. To do that you have a wide variety of weapons that have to be unlocked. There are over 200 unique upgradeable weapons in this 8-player multiplayer game that also features 100+ ranks and fully customizable and upgradeable tanks.

The latest update, version 0.9.1.7, features three new game modes: Assassin mode, Juggernaut, and Points. In Assassins mode you have to kill a specific target while others can’t be damaged, In Juggernaut it’s one vs seven players but you get extra health to fight the extra amount of enemies, while Points is a mode where you don’t play for death but rather get points for hitting enemies and the winner is the one that accumulates the most during the match.

ShellShock Live is available on Steam Early Access for €6.99 now or you can get a four-pack for €19.99 and send three keys to your friends.

Kyle Champ, founder of kChamp Games said, “It’s been quite a trip from the initial launch of the Flash version of ShellShock Live way back in 2011 to now. With the Steam version almost at Version 1.0, and thanks to the feedback from the community, I’ve set my sights on making it one of the most memorable multiplayer experiences on Windows, Mac, and Linux”

WarThunder Caught the Summertime Madness

The highly popular free-to-play flying and tank game WarThunder, created by the Russian based game-studio Gaijin Entertainment, is launching their Summertime Madness event as warm up for Gamescon.

Enjoy numerous events, discounts and special missions in the first weeks of August. Gain more RP and Silver Lions, earn the best premium vehicles! And while the main game show of the year – Gamescom – is on, Golden Battles await you!

Gaijin always throws some amazing events and isn’t shy of giving away premium items or currency. This time is no different and participants can win premium rank 2 and 3 Tanks for the recently released Ground Forces as well as German, American and Japan premium air planes. Some Golden Eagles will be given away too, and not few.

During special times of the day, you’ll earn up to 4x more silver lions and research points then usual, making each battle-reward a little sweeter.

Special sales for premium-items will also be held during the event time. There should be something for all their players. Free items for those who don’t want to pay and discounted items for those who wish to spend a little.

Not all details have been released for all the events, but more news should follow very shortly.

Thank you WarThunder for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of WarThunder

World of Tanks Blitz to Storm Tablets and Smartphones

Wargaming announced World of Tanks Blitz, a free-to-play mobile MMO action game built specifically for tablet and smartphones. Inspired by the PC version of World of Tanks, World of Tanks Blitz delivers all of the action, team-work and strategic gameplay the series is known for, all in a portable and instantly accessible experience.

World of Tanks Blitz will feature several nations, including the USA, Germany, and the USSR, and an impressive roster of vehicles that include medium tanks, heavy tanks and tank destroyers, each with their own unique qualities. Taking advantage of the platforms’ touch-screen technology, players will need little more than their thumbs and skills to head into battle. But, just as in World of Tanks, success will take more than just an itchy trigger finger, with true tank commander success being dependent on mastery of the game’s incredibly deep tactical elements and team-based gameplay.

Playable on a wide array of Android and iOS devices, World of Tanks Blitz delivers console-quality visuals and realistic physics that ensure every enemy confrontation and shell hits with true-to-life impact. Whether commuting to work or resting at home, players can experience short, intense 7 versus 7 PVP battles almost instantly.

“With World of Tanks Blitz we’re doing our best to give players a gaming experience that would rival anything they could find on a console,” said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “We’ve always been committed to bringing World of Tanks to new platforms and we’re excited to give players a chance to experience the game in a whole new way.”

World of Tanks Blitz joins the recently announced World of Tanks Generals, a browser based TCG set in the World of Tanks universe, as the latest example of the company’s expanded multiplatform growth strategy into the mobile space. Both games will also fit into the soon to be launched Wargaming.net Service, which sees all Wargaming titles unified under a single unified login system.