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Old 05-27-2022, 09:32 PM
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For a late Soviet supertank, there's Object 195 (sometimes referred to as T-95, but that was never an actual designation). This was Uralvagonzavod's competitor against the Black Eagle for post-T-90 tank development, and probably a direct ancestor of the T-14. Even though it started development in 1988 and was canceled for the last time in 2010, details are still sketchy, but here's what I've been able to pick up:

Mass: somewhere around 55 tonnes
Crew: 2. Uncrewed turret, hull has just driver and gunner/commander
Armament: 152mm L/55 2A83, coaxial 30mm 2A42, and Kord 12.7mm
Engine: 1500+ horsepower
Estimated top speed: 80 km/h
Defenses: Relikt ERA, Shtora-2 jammer, Standard* active protection system
Sensors: thermal, infrared, laser designator**, radar gunsight for use with HE-Frag rounds


*This might be Arena, or it might have changed to Arena at some point. Pictures imply four or five launchers on each side of the turret, mounted just above the ring. No ability to engage Tank Breaker/Javelin.
**There was consideration that it could fire laser-guided shells developed for the 152mm Msta SPG, and even if it couldn't, it could guide them on target.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:45 PM
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Once again I'm introducing something that was closer to the worst that ever was, but it's a system whose promise looked good until the contractor couldn't deliver on those promises.

During the Vietnam War, the US Army was impressed by the RPG-7 and Army Missile Command was ordered to reverse-engineer it and see if the LAW could be improved. Fast-forward a number of years, and General Dynamics received a contract to build an improved version, the FGR-17 Viper, at a price of $78 a pop. At that price, the Army expected to buy 1.7 million launchers and issue them widely, with "as common as hand grenades" being mentioned in some proposals.

Then reality set in. Between the technical requirements for it to be light and low-noise (relatively - < 180 dB launch, which is still pretty damn loud), and some utterly baffling decisions to use water-soluble propellant and a magneforming process that had failed previously in the LAW's development, the Viper quickly became a boondoggle. By the time it was canceled in 1983, tens of millions of dollars had been spent on R&D and the per-unit cost had ballooned from $78 to $1,310. When the Office of the Secretary of Defense issued an ultimatum to get the unit price down to $400, GD balked and Congress canceled the program, then ordered the Army to test off-the-shelf systems, leading to the adoption of the AT4.

If it had seen service, the Viper would have been somewhere around these stats:
Wt 4 kg, ROF 1, Rld *, Rng 60, Round HEAT, Damage C:4 B:5, Pen 60C

It's not a terribly good system even with fairly optimistic stats, being twice the weight of a LAW for an extra 10 meters of range and 5 points of Pen. The big advantage would have been the price if it could have been made at the original $78 each, and a universe where that happened likely would see extremely widespread deployment of the weapon, even if it was mostly useful against light armored vehicles and unlikely to do much more than piss off a tank (as the USMC used as justification for backing out of the program).
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I think I have managed to work out information for most of the Soviet missile tanks that pre-date the dual-use gun-missile launchers of the mid-70s and later. I still need to work out the exact stats, but here's the history I've found for the ones that actually had prototypes built as opposed to just being paper designs.

The development of missile tanks came around for a few reasons. Krushchev was opposed to heavy tanks and there were concerns that the D-10T on the T-54/55 couldn't penetrate the M60 from the front at reasonable combat ranges. So, various attempts were made to create a tank with missiles as the primary weapon.

The first of these was Object 757, a Chelyabinsk project in 1958 or 1959. It used the hull from a T-10M, with the engine upgraded to 850 horsepower and crew reduced from 4 to 3. The removal of the turret and replacement with a missile launcher reduced the mass to 44 tonnes. The original armament was a launcher for the KL-8 Sprut. This was a long (1.7 meter) 130mm missile with a 5 kilometer range. It was radio-guided until its IR seeker picked up the target for terminal maneuvers. 18 missiles were carried along with a coaxial PKVT and a SGMT. Around 1963 this would be refitted with the turret from Object 775, which is how it has been preserved to this day. The failure of the original version is the same problem that bedeviled pretty much all of these - the missile technology was insufficiently mature.

Next was Object 282, which also used a T-10M hull, but managed to fit a 1000 horsepower engine while also lightening the frontal armor since it was intended to fight at range. The intended armament was a 170mm Salamandra launcher with 16 missiles and a range of 3 kilometers. Salamandra failed quickly and the vehicle was modified to Object 282T.

Object 282T replaced the Salamandra with a pair of pop-up unguided anti-tank rocket launchers, one at each rear corner of the hull. There were two choices of rocket, the 132mm TRS-132 or the 152mm TRS-152. Each launcher could have either 15 of the former or 11 of the latter, for a total of 30 or 22 (or one launcher with each).

In 1964, Object 287 was introduced on a T-64 hull. This has one of the more interesting weapons layouts. In the center of the very flat turret is a pop-up launcher for the 9M15 Taifun radio-guided ATGM, with 15 of the missiles in the hull. On either side of the launcher is a weapons station, each of which has a 73mm 2A25 Molniya with 16 rounds and a PKT with 1500 rounds. The Molniya is similar to the 2A28 Grom on the BMP-1, possibly with a slightly shorter barrel. The Taifun was intended to have a 4 kilometer range but, once again, lack of maturity in missile technology left this as just a prototype.

Also in 1964, Chelyabinsk got back into the missile tank business with Object 775, also on a T-64 hull. Much like the MBT-70, this put the crew in the turret, with a driver/commander in a counter-rotating cupola to always face forward, with just a gunner for company. It had a fairly stubby 125mm rifled tube rocket launcher and the ability to carry 24 Rubin ATGMs, 48 Bur rockets, or 15 Rubin and 22 Bur. Rubin was another radio-guided missile with a 5 kilometer range, while Bur was a high explosive (not HEAT) rocket with a 9 kilometer range and higher speed (650 to 750 m/s compared to Rubin's 550 m/s). The turret also had a PKT coaxially mounted. This turret would be trialed on Object 757 as well. This apparently did not enter service because Rubin underperformed on armor penetration.

1968 would see the only missile tank to enter production, the Object 150/IT-1, which was built on a T-62 hull and used the 3M7 Drakon missile and a coaxial PKT.
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Old 11-22-2022, 01:39 PM
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I know this is a somewhat older thread; however my vote today is my favorite from when the game was originally published: The LAV-75.
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I know this is a somewhat older thread; however my vote today is my favorite from when the game was originally published: The LAV-75.
Right there with you, TO. This thread might be of interest,

https://forum.juhlin.com/showthread....light=Ridgeway

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Right there with you, TO. This thread might be of interest,

https://forum.juhlin.com/showthread....light=Ridgeway

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Thank you. Absolutely-most of the observations were spot on. Great concept and just plain neat.
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Cheetah/Hum-Vee prototype
https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/coldw...mwv-prototype/
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