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Online Michel Van

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Unknown Tank question
« on: July 27, 2010, 03:15:20 am »
found this on Dark Roasted Blend Blog
Wojciech K. writes:
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I've found (without any information and details) this picture of a tank based hoover/blower. Some people suggested that it's a mobile fog/smoke generator.
I personally think that this may be for blowing water onto burning oil wells." Any other ideas?

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http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2010/07/schizophrenic-episode-simulation.html

Note: I overwork the picture with Photoshop for better view.
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Offline Abraham Gubler

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Re: Unknown Tank question
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010, 03:38:29 am »
The tank chassis is a Soviet T-55. I doubt this is a smoke generator more likely a radiation/chemical decontamination vehicle. The Soviets routinely used jet engines to blast hot water onto contaminated vehicles to clean them. Generating smoke is relatively easy to do and any thrust from a jet engine is unlikely to blow it far compared to the wind.
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Re: Unknown Tank question
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2010, 05:57:57 am »
A similar beast was used to put out the oil well fires in Iraq in 1991, much to Red Adair's annoyance.

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Re: Unknown Tank question
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 11:04:25 am »
It's "Прогрев-Т" (Рrogrev-T, - "warming-up - Ti"), russian mine-sweep with a jet engine from the aircraft. Blew the soil to open mines. It was tested (successfully) in Afghanistan.

http://media.aplus.by/index.php?newsid=38246 - in russian

Canadian analogue: http://community.livejournal.com/shushpanzer_ru/376116.html (in russian only. Sorry, written for the Russian community)
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Re: Unknown Tank question
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 01:14:19 pm »
Thanks for Info Stranger_NN

well, a russian mine-sweep with a jet engine
i admire the russian way of solving technical problems
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Re: Unknown Tank question
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 01:33:01 pm »
Quote from: Michel Van
well, a russian mine-sweep with a jet engine
i admire the russian way of solving technical problems
Actually, the Canadians on this road were the first, ahead of several decades.  ;D See my second link, Google gives a decent translation;)