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FGV escribió:Parece que poco a poco se va equipando a esta pequeña fuerza que ya cuenta con bastantes patrulleros donados por distintas naciones...la compra más sorprendente fueron las dos corbetas clase Assad que quisó en su día Saddam para su Armada,aunque mi duda es sin tendrá todo su armamento pesado(misiles Otomat y albatros),lo cual dudo mucho y querria que alguien me informara de ello..por otra parte,se han solicitado a Italia una serie de 4 patrulleros guardacostas pero fuertemente armados,pues pretenden comprar el sistema Marlin también italiano,consistente en una combinación de un cañón de 30 mm y dos montajes para misiles antiáereos,nada mal la cosa.
Justo estoy indagando al especto, ¿sabe ud. si se confirmo al noticia de la adquisicion de las 2 corbetas Assad? Por o que se, aun siguen en La Spezia.
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A line of M1A1 Abrams tanks sit in the Iraqi sun as soldiers of the 9th Iraqi Army Division receive instruction on the basics of tank operation, April 11, at Forward Operating Base Hammer. The Iraqi government has purchased 140 Abrams tanks and these Soldiers will be among the first to become certified Abrams tank crewmen.
U.S. Tankers Mentor Iraqi Counterparts
Thursday, 16 April 2009
BAGHDAD — The M1A1 Abrams tank is one of the newest additions to the Iraqi Army's (IA) arsenal. U.S. Army armor Soldiers and contracted civilians are assisting the 9th IA Division with getting their armored crewmen trained on the new equipment at Forward Operating Base Hammer.
"We're here basically to help with mentoring the Iraqis with maintenance and with understanding of how a tank platoon is supposed to run on a day-to-day basis," said 1st Lt. Michael Pesano, a platoon leader with the 8th Cavalry Regiment.
While the contracted civilians teach the Iraqis how the Abrams works, the armor Soldiers teach them how an Abrams crew operates.
"We start with the Iraqi leadership; the lieutenants, the captains ... we try to get them to understand the American style of tanking, as opposed to the old Soviet style of tanking," Pesano explained. "It's not just one individual commanding everything, it's a team effort. We're trying to instill that in them. Everyone has to work together."
Basic operations in an Abrams tank contain a few major differences from the Soviet T-72 battle tank that the Iraqis are used to, according to Sgt. 1st Class John Hise, from Tishomingo, Okla., master gunner, 3rd Bn., 16th Cav. Regt. "In a T-72, you have a three-man crew: a driver, a gunner, and a tank commander," he said. "An Abrams has a four-man crew, the addition being a physical loader, while the T-72 has an automatic loader. It takes them a little while to get used to that."
A major hurdle for Iraqi tankers is abandoning previous concepts of how a tank crew operates.
"In the days of the old Iraqi army, if you were a driver, you could spend 20 years as a driver and never do anything else," said Sgt. 1st Class John Hise, a master gunner with 16th Cav. "We're teaching them how to be a tank crewman; you know every job in the tank and you can do every job if need be."
At first, the Iraqis were resistant to these new ways of training and the Abrams itself, but they changed their way of thinking as the training progressed, Hise added.
"They thought the T-72 was a manly tank and the Abrams, not so much," he quipped. "But once they got in it, started working with it and saw the accuracy of the Abrams, they loved it."
So far, one class of Iraqi tankers has graduated the course, with another class underway. The first set of graduates are now going through the training again, this time learning to be instructors so they can eventually teach the class themselves without the aid of U.S. troops and contractors, Pesano said.
"Since they're taking the M1A1 battle tank, it's important that they take a new doctrine with it," he said.
(By Sgt. Joshua Risner, Multi-National Division – Baghdad)
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