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If...(BIG IF)...Finland joined NATO, would they not have to convert to NATO calibres?....
Romania still uses 7,62x39mm and a myriad of other Warsaw Pact munitions, Czech republic still uses 12,7x108mm for their HMGs; Poland flies Su-22s and MiG-29s, Croatia - MiG-21s; half the Estonia's artillery is chambered in Soviet 122mm; T-72 variants with 125mm guns are second most numerous tank after Leo 2 in NATO countries; Turkey bought Russian ATGMs....
C&C is far more important fot "NATO compatibility", and Finland is more NATO in that regard than some actual NATO states; switching to 7,62x51mm might make sense, but not mandatory in any way.
Tkiv 85 that Gumiman mentioned might be using some 126 year old receivers.
The RK will be in use until there is some real paradigm shift. Like a portable railgun.
Very true. Additionally, if they're still competitive for their intended mission, not worn out, and logistically supportable, there's no reason to change. As an aside, I always found it amazing how long the FDF kept the straight up M91 and M39 rifles in war reserve, even though the days of the bolt action as a widely issued rifle had long since passed.
But it will be. And the plan is to either replace or continue the use.
I don't know if thats is feasible without heavy maintenance like swapping barrels which reduces the cost of new rifles in comparison.
We might as well build a Rk35 fixing some of the issues of the older models.
Last edited by Gumiman; 06-01-2017, 11:12 AM.
The Defence Forces will purchase counter battery radars for the Army. The RFI will be sent out this spring and the radars should be in use by 2020. The system should be modern, compatible with the current and future equipment and be possible to operate by conscripts.
According to a report in Thursday’s Helsingin Sanomat, Finnish Defence Forces may soon get a completely new counter artillery radar system, an untried system for domestic armed forces. The daily wrote that officials have observed the effectiveness of the system in targeting and destroying enemy artillery and projectile launchers during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Russia-backed separatists been using the system in Ukraine.
A new form of bounding mine has been developed and tested by the Finnish Defense Forces. The device is set to replace current land mines, which are prohibited by the Ottawa Treaty of 2011.
The device is based on an earlier model of propelled anti-personnel mine. When tripped, the new mine launches the body of the mine into the air and sprays fragmentation at roughly waist height, utilising a top-down vertical destructive force rather than a horizontal or bottom-up blast as in regular land mines.