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Increase of the combat capability of the Leopard 2 by Sakhal

In the last years of the Cold War, facing the combat capability of the Leopard 2 rose the growing threat of the Warsaw Pact tanks, and not only because of the numbers, but also because of the notorious increase in quality, for the range and effects of the...

[ Date: 2018-01-28 | Length: 21 Kb | Update: Never ]
AMX-56 Leclerc main battle tank by Sakhal

Note: the following historical information about the AMX-56 Leclerc corresponds to the year 2000. Exclusive detailed information about the first prototype of this tank and associated electronic devices can be seen in the article AMX Leclerc - Main...

[ Date: 2017-12-25 | Length: 17 Kb | Update: 2018-01-29 ]
AMX Leclerc - Main battle tank for the year 2000 by Sakhal

Coming from GIAT (Groupement Industriel des Armaments Terrestres), the AMX Leclerc is the latest French development of a main battle tank, destined to serve with the French Army from the 1990s. At that time it should replace the AMX-30B2, which had to...

[ Date: 2017-12-24 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: 2017-12-25 ]
Japanese tanks of the Cold War by Sakhal

After the parentheses of the immediate postwar, Japan reorganized its Army as part of the Self-Defense Forces. Despite the constitutional and political limitations, the Japanese industry of armored means produced during the Cold War vehicles comparabl...

[ Date: 2016-09-27 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: Never ]
Japanese tanks of World War Two by Sakhal

The Japanese Armed Forces were traditionally characterized by the duplicity of weapons in the Navy and the Army. Each of them had its own Artillery, Infantry, Cavalry and Armored Corps, which in the end was detrimental for the quality, largely thanks ...

[ Date: 2016-09-25 | Length: 20 Kb | Update: Never ]
The Samokhodnaya Ustanovka by Sakhal

During the Russo-German conflict the Soviet engineers, with their magnific T-34, pointed the way to follow on tank design to their German counterparts. But it is not less true that they would have to learn from the Germans as well. Indeed, they were u...

[ Date: 2016-09-22 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: Never ]
SdKfz 186 Jagdtiger tank destroyer by Sakhal

According to the habitual practice of the German self-propelled cannons of taking the heavy tank of the moment an provide it with a further step in the size of the cannon, when the Tiger II tank appeared immediately it was considered its chassis for a...

[ Date: 2015-06-22 | Length: 5 Kb | Update: Never ]
SdKfz 173 Jagdpanther tank destroyer by Sakhal

The attempts that had been effectuated until that moment of installing the formidable cannon Pak 43, of caliber 88 millimeters and 71 calibers in length, in a mobile chassis had not had much success. The Elefant was overly sized and the PzKpfw IV was ...

[ Date: 2015-06-21 | Length: 6 Kb | Update: Never ]
Special tanks of the D Day by Sakhal

When approaching the date of the massive disembarkation in Normandy, all the German defensive line known as the Atlantic Wall, destined to block the eventual invaders of the territories occupied by the Third Reich, boiled with work. Under the guidance...

[ Date: 2015-06-20 | Length: 11 Kb | Update: Never ]
T-72 main battle tank by Sakhal

The Soviet main battle tank T-72 was presented in public for the first time in the commemorative parade of the 60th Aniversary of the Revolution on November 1977. It was the tank of which more units were produced in the Soviet Union and it was exporte...

[ Date: 2015-06-06 | Length: 14 Kb | Update: 2015-07-10 ]
T-64 - The evolution of the Soviet tank by Sakhal

In the second half of the 1960s, the Soviets started to project a replacement for the T-62, whose characteristics of maneuverability and effectiveness were poor in comparison with western main battle tanks, even if the initial impressions had been mor...

[ Date: 2015-06-05 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: Never ]
T-62 tank by Sakhal

The bad prestations of the Egyptian and Syrian tanks T-54 during the Six Day War constituted an unpleasant surprise, equally in Moscow, Cairo and Damascus. If the Soviet Union wanted to continue supporting the Arab regimes, they would need a better ma...

[ Date: 2015-06-04 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: 2015-06-06 ]
Leopard I main battle tank by Sakhal

Background In some aspects, Germany was in the period immediately after the Second World War an even bleaker country that it had been in 1919. Divided in two, with the Soviet Union occupying the eastern part of the country and the Allies the rest, it...

[ Date: 2015-05-16 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: 2016-09-29 ]
AMX-30 main battle tank by Sakhal

Background Ending the Second World War, France quickly developed three armored vehicles: the light tank AMX-13, the reconnaissance vehicle armed with a heavy cannon Panhard EBR 8x8 and the heavy tank AMX-50. This latter was a particularly interesting...

[ Date: 2015-05-15 | Length: 26 Kb | Update: 2016-09-28 ]
M4 Sherman medium tank by Sakhal

The design of which would become the M4 medium tank started one day after it was ordered the production of the M3, in the late August 1940. In that time, the British were preparing for the threat of a German invasion while France, Belgium and Holland ...

[ Date: 2015-01-03 | Length: 25 Kb | Update: Never ]
PT-76 amphibious tank by Sakhal

During the years immediately after the Second World War, Soviet projectists developed light all-terrain vehicles as a starting point to incorporate some of the lessons learned with the light tanks produced in small numbers during the previous decade. From...

[ Date: 2015-01-01 | Length: 7 Kb | Update: Never ]
T-54/T-55 medium tank by Sakhal

The first line tanks with which the Soviet Union ended the Second World War - the medium tank T-34/85 and the heavy tanks IS-2 and IS-3 - maybe were not the best ones, but their overwhelming quantities in the first place, and also a skillful tactical ...

[ Date: 2014-12-30 | Length: 16 Kb | Update: Never ]
IS heavy tanks by Sakhal

When in August 1968 the Soviet tanks marched by the roads of Prague and not exactly like in a parade, the military observers noticed that those were the same vehicles that had marched through Berlin in 1953 and through Budapest in 1956. They belonged ...

[ Date: 2014-12-27 | Length: 17 Kb | Update: Never ]
PzKpfw VI Tiger II heavy tank by Sakhal

It is a fact that, as soon as a weapons system starts to be produced, the idea of its successor has to be developed. Thus, as soon as the assembly lines of Henschel, Krupp and Porsche started to work in the Tiger, it was ordered to these companies to ...

[ Date: 2014-12-26 | Length: 12 Kb | Update: 2014-12-27 ]
Vickers main battle tank by Sakhal

In the 1950s the Indian Army was equipped with several models of tanks, among them the French light tank AMX-13, the American medium tank M4 Sherman and the British medium tank Centurion. In the late 1950s it was decided to install in India a tank fac...

[ Date: 2014-12-22 | Length: 7 Kb | Update: Never ]
Centurion main battle tank by Sakhal

Already in the summer 1943, the British Ministry of War was preparing the draft of the specification A41 for a new heavy cruiser tank (cruiser tanks were those tanks built for being agile, thus sacrificing protection and firepower in their design) and...

[ Date: 2014-12-21 | Length: 20 Kb | Update: Never ]
FV 4201 Chieftain main battle tank by Sakhal

The first British tank of the postwar saw the light of day initially as a result of a declaration of the War Ministry about the probable characteristics of a tank that would replace the Centurion. The declaration was made in 1958 and it reflected the less...

[ Date: 2014-12-18 | Length: 13 Kb | Update: 2014-12-22 ]
PzKpfw V Panther medium tank by Sakhal

Even when in the first prototype of the PzKpfw III were being corrected the defects and the initial project of the PzKpfw IV was being finished, the inspector of the German Army for the Mechanized Forces was already making plans about a new larger tank wi...

[ Date: 2014-07-17 | Length: 21 Kb | Update: 2014-12-24 ]
SdKfz 184 Ferdinand/Elefant tank destroyer by Sakhal

When Porsche lost the contract for the Tiger I tank more than 90 chassis had been already produced, in different stages of completion, and for such reason it was decided to use them for a new project: a heavy and powerful self-propelled anti-tank cann...

[ Date: 2014-07-16 | Length: 7 Kb | Update: 2014-12-27 ]
PzKpfw VI Tiger I heavy tank by Sakhal

The origins of the German program for a heavy tank dated back from 1937, when it was discussed for the first time the convenience of a tank that weighed from 30 to 35 tonnes. The company Henschel was ordered to develop two vehicles having the same spe...

[ Date: 2014-06-26 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: 2014-12-24 ]