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Abrams: A History of the American Main Battle Tank by R. P. Hunnicutt, D. P. Dyer, Dan Graves, Uwe Feist

By R. P. Hunnicutt, D. P. Dyer, Dan Graves, Uwe Feist

Книга Abrams Abrams Книги Вооружение Автор: R.Hunnicutt Формат: pdf Размер: 162 Язык: Русский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Подробная история американского танка Абрамс - создание,конструкция,модификации.

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The original Rex, with the siliceous cored armor, was listed as concept R-12a. On R-12b and R-12c, the siliceous core was eliminated and the front armor was reduced to four inches and one inch respectively at 60 degrees from the vertical. The thinner armor reduced the estimated weights of the latter vehicles to 28 and 21 tons and their mobility increased accordingly. Three additional versions of the Rex were presented powered by a 400 horsepower gas turbine with a Jered transmission. Designated as the R-13, R-14, and R-15, they all retained the siliceous cored front armor.

This was confirmed by OTCM 36225, dated 23 April 1956, which terminated the ASTRON program. However, the OTCM indicated that consideration would be given to the novel features of the ASTRON proposals and the TV-8 in the design of future tanks. The artist's concept above at the right shows the Chrysler TV-8 swimming supported by the buoyancy of the large turret envelope. The sectional drawings below show the proposed interior arrangement of the TV-8. 36 At the left is a drawing of the automatic loader proposed for installation in the Rex tank.

The TV-8 was armed with the 90mm gun T208 rigidly mounted in the turret and fitted with an hydraulic ramming device. The 90mm ammunition stowage was in the rear of the turret separated from the crew by a steel bulkhead. 50 caliber machine gun on the turret top operated by the tank commander. Closed circuit television was provided to protect the crew from the flash of tactical nuclear weapons and to increase the field of vision. On the phase I TV-8, a Chrysler V-8 engine developing 300 gross horsepower was coupled to an electric generator in the rear of the turret.

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