Ack, you have put in so effort that is much! It's actually mostly based on one tank, the Japanese Type 90, with (it up to L/55 from the original Rheinmetall L/44 as you spotted) a gun length extension to shift. ...
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- Ack, you've put in so much effort! It's actually mostly based on one tank, the Japanese Type 90, with (as you spotted) a gun length extension to shift it up to L/55 from the original Rheinmetall L/44. Front slope is probably somewhere between the Type 90 and, say, the Leclerc (on the former, the tracks extend past the point where the glacis meets the drivetrain a little bit more than they do on the latter) - Merkava's is distinct to both and a lot of other tanks besides because it's meant to accommodate a diesel engine instead of a driver and occasionally reserve ammo (as I'm sure you know!) Side-skirts are slightly odd - it's probably closer to a Leclerc than anything else, though it's hard to tell because I've removed the rubber extensions.
- Thanks for actually going to the trouble of looking over it and writing up your impressions - it's not often that somebody does that!
- No problem, I read the other comment replies as well. Wanted to reply to one only lol. It's just from a lot of Vehicle ID. With other angles of the tank I could've been more accurate so I said what I saw lol. The Le-Clerc is one of my Fav's Cuz I'm French( last name Depew), and I always get teased when the slideshow shows the Le-Clerc.
- I'm actually not very adept at the Chinese tanks because I never really had to study them for V-ID. And I wasn't too familiar how the stowage for the Le-Clerc worked, I am just used to thinkin if a big booty when I see the tank
- http://i.imgur.com/2RSGcgi.jpg - kinda like this, plus the baskets at the back, plus whatever you can put on the turret, I suppose? It's not good news for the tank's protection, and I'm guessing they'll be taking a good, long look at that in the next round of Leclerc upgrades they'll be considering as part of the whole Scorpion acquisition scheme.
- Fellow Frenchman (well, half) right here! The Leclerc's not just French - it's also a pretty decent looking tank too! Performance is more of a mystery, but I won't stare my gift horse in the mouth. 😛
- Hahaha I think it's more of a mystery considering I've never seen footage of it in battle.. And maybe the 4 reverse gears and the automatic white flag raiser.. I still love that tank, but I'll stick to drivin the Abrams. 😀
- Leclercs don't do the whole fighting thing (apart from that one time in Lebanon where a platoon got into a non-violent standoff with the IDF's Merkavas), that's up to the Legion and their guns on wheels. 😛 The bright side is, the guns on wheels are pretty good at what they do, by all accounts. It's funny, the impression I get is that the Abrams is a bit like the Leclerc in one sense. They're both brilliant tanks at what they do - just so long as you've got a very good logistics and maintenance chain behind you. Doubly so if you're a driver - the Leclerc's hyperbar drinks almost as much gas as the Abrams' turbine does and manages to be twice as complicated too 😛
- And specs are as follows: Specifications (PSv 92 E/F0) Weight: 49.8t ( empty ) 52.1t ( combat weight ) Length: 7.5m ( hull ) 10.8m ( gun forward ) Width: 3.5m ( hull ) Height: 2.5m ( turret roof ) Crew: 3 ( commander, gunner, driver ) Armor: Ceramic/alloy composite armour, RHA turret and hull body, interior spall-lining, RHA side-skirts Main armament: 120mmm L/55 Ettingstael RBK 88 F smoothbore gun (22 ready in bustle autoloader, 16 rounds in protected hull storage) Secondary armament: MG80 7.62x51mm machine-gun (co-axial, 2800 rounds) MG92F2 15.5x115mm heavy machine-gun (pintle-mounted, 1000 rounds) Engine: LMS MTM 89 twin turbo-twincharged 2-stroke V10 multifuel diesel in powerpack producing 1,500 hp (1,119kW) Power/weight: 28.79 hp/tonne Transmission: LMS MTD 89 hydrokinetic automatic transmission (4 forward gears, 2 reverse gears) in powerpack Suspension: In-Arm Hydropneumatic Ground clearance: Varies Fuel capacity: 1,270 litres ( internal ) Operational range: 420km ( internal fuel, road ) 550km ( with external stores ) Speed: 72km/h ( road, governed ) 48km/h ( cross-country ) 0-32km/h in 6.7s ( acceleration, road )
- http://orig13.deviantart.net/b476/f/2015/065/8/a/psv_92_main_battle_tank__coloured__by_sixthcircle-d8klraz.png - and the prototype version, for comparison.
- (the camouflage scheme is based off the FDF's Leopard 2A4 camouflage pattern, but the colours are meant to function more effectively in tundras) Read more comments