Two in one: the French and Germans crossed the Leopard and Leclerc tanks

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Two in one: the French and Germans crossed the Leopard and Leclerc tanks
Two in one: the French and Germans crossed the Leopard and Leclerc tanks
20 September, 14:46TechnologyPhoto: Соцсети
The French company Nexter and the German Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented the Reinforced Main Battle Tank (EMBT), in which the designers tried to combine the mobility of the German Leopard-2А7 and the firepower of the French Leclerc

Alexander Sychev

They did this by installing a turret designed by the French on the chassis and body of a German vehicle. How successful this approach is, tests will show, but the car looks impressive. The combat weight of the EMBT was 61.5 tons, length - almost 10.5 meters, width - 3.9, height - 3.2. The German MTU-883 EPP engine with a capacity of 1500 horsepower, used on the German Leopards, allows you to maintain maneuverability on rough terrain and reach a speed of 65 kilometers per hour on the highway.

The crew of the new car is four people. Places for the commander and gunner are located in the low profile turret. The driver and gunner-operator are placed in the control compartment in front of the tank hull. Traditional accommodation.

The tank was equipped with the latest generation of passive and active armor, as well as the TROPHY active protection system and the E-LAWS warning system, developed by the Israeli company Elbit Systems, which notifies the crew of the tank's exposure to the enemy's laser guidance system. On the sides of the tower, an 80-millimeter GALIX launcher from the French company Lacroix is installed to set up a smoke screen.

The EMBT is armed with a 120 mm CN-120-26 smoothbore gun with a barrel length of 6.2 meters. It is equipped with an automatic loader and is stabilized in two planes. It accepts all standard NATO 120mm ammunition. The loading conveyor holds 22 rounds ready to fire. The conveyor allows you to choose ammunition, and not shoot what is in the queue.

The turret was developed taking into account the possibility of installing a new generation Nexter Ascalon gun on the tank in the future. The French were engaged in its development in the 90s. The gun will be able to use guided munitions with aerodynamic guide petals that open after the projectile leaves the barrel.

The tank is also armed with a 12.7 mm coaxial machine gun. It is installed to the left of the gun. On the roof of the tower there is a remote-controlled weapon mount with a 7.62 mm machine gun. It is connected to the sight of the commander. And at the rear of the turret is a 30mm ARX-30 automatic cannon, also developed by Nexter System. The gun is designed to fire at air targets.

The developers have not yet said anything about the future of the car, but they really hope that it will reach the assembly line, or at least give experience that can be used in the future.

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