Photos from 1983: Doomsday


A Leopard 2 main battle tank belonging to the Kingdom of Prussia.

The Leopard 2 was intended to be the replacement of the earlier Leopard 1 main battle tank. This tank officially entered service 1979. A modified version known as the Leopard 2A1 inclded minor modifications and the installation of the gunner's thermal sight that were worked into the second batch of 450 vehicles. Krauss-Maffei built 248 (Chassis Nr. 10211 to 10458) and Mak built 202 (Chassis Nr. 20173 to 20347). Deliveries of the 2A1 models started in March 1982 and was still in production by the time of Doomsday. However, following Doomsday, no new batches could be made up until the late 2000s. The current modification is use is the Leopard 2A2 and has been sold to neighboring countries including the Atlantic Defense Community.
 

The Ballistic Missile Early Warning System in RAF Fylingdales, Yorkshire, England in the early 1980s. The site was targeted during Doomsday as it provided an anti-nuclear safety net against Soviet ICBMs headed for Britain and North America.
 

Fourth prototype of a Rockwell B1-A Lancer in flight, pre-Doomsday. The B-1 Lancer was supposed to be included in the USAF SAC's bomber fleet in addition to the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress. However, Doomsday prevented such deployments. Most (if-not-all) built models were lost during Doomsday and other surviving models are obviously rusted beyond restoration.
 
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Kali (aka Eskrima), a Filipino martial art utilizing sticks that has made its way abroad. Even in post-Doomsday, interest in Kali has grown in the ANZC, Mexico, SAC, New Britain, and the Celtic Alliance.
 

Tamiya kits in a hobby store in Canberra, Australia. Tamiya is a Japanese brand of model kits ranging from cars, Mini4WD, mecha, and military kits. The company survived since its HQ was located in Shizuoka City, far from any significant city to be targeted during Doomsday. The hobby of scale modeling has been around since the 1960s and abruptly came to a halt after Doomsday. However, the nostalgia for it remained and once Japan reopened back to the world in 2005, Tamiya was able to capitalize on this and continued their line of model kits while opening new factories in the Philippines, Mexico, Thailand, and the UIP.
 
Documentary video of China's DF-5 ICBM test on May 18, 1980. The DF-5 was capable of hitting Guam, Hawaii, and the western United States but around this time of history, the Chinese cooperated with the USA and the West to keep the USSR contained. It can be assumed that the PLA's Second Artillery Corps fired their DF-5 ICBMS at targets in the European side of the USSR.
 
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

(I figured with Doomsday happening, Dubai would not look like what it is today in OTL since most of these designs came from Western architects)
 

Pre-Doomsday of Philippine Air Force P-51D Mustangs on patrol. Because of Doomsday, the PAF had to reactivate their old Mustangs in storage to serve in COIN missions. The Mustangs also took part during the 1993 Sabah Peacekeeping mission before they were deactivated in 2000.

A pair of PAF T-28 Trojans in flight.

Surviving Northrop F-5 fighter jets of the Philippine Air Force. Some of the F-5s were destroyed when Clark Air Base took a hit on Doomsday while the rest survived as they were placed in Villamor Air Base in Manila and Mactan Air Base in Cebu. Basa Air Base in nearby Floridablanca, Pampanga was abandoned due to the fall out from the nearby Clark strike. The aging F-5s are slowly being phased out for newer jets coming from the ANZC and the ADC.
 
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