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PL-01 Concept Medium Tank
Poland

PL-01 Concept Tank

PL-01 Concept Medium Tank
Unveiled / Entered Service
2013
PL-01 Concept Medium Tank
Status
Former Prototype
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Introduction

The PL-01 Concept is a former advanced Medium Tank developed as a joint project between the Polish Company OBRUM and BAE Systems.

Unveiled in 2013, the vehicle is based on the CV90120-T medium tank by BAE Systems (Sweden) and a planned prototype was due to be built for 2016, ready for trials with the Polish Army. However, the project was scrapped in 2015.

Background

Unlike the CV90120-T, the PL-01 Concept features an unmanned turret with a bustle-fed autoloader for the 120mm main gun. A family of variants was proposed including command, mine clearance and Armoured Recovery Vehicle.

Since its cancellation, the Polish Army has not attempted to acquire a medium tank or similar platform, instead opting to purchase the K2 Black Panther, variants of the Leopard 2 series and latest model of the American Abram’s Main Battle Tanks to replace their ageing T-72M and Twardy MBT’s.

Firepower

The PL-01 uses the same 120mm Rheinmetall 120 LLR L47 (calibre Length 47) as the CV90120-T Ghost. The optimized barrel, use of advanced materials, the recoil buffer system and integrated gun cradle result in reduced weight and lower recoil for use in lighter-weight fighting vehicles. It is capable of firing all Rheinmetalls 120mm ammunition.

Protection

Armour

The PL-01 is constructed of steel with modular armour components. These not only mean that when damaged they can be replaced in the field, but can also contain interchangeable composite armour, mission dependant, of up to Level 5 (25mm APDS-T rounds). The engine is located in the front of the hull and can act as additional protection.

Active Protection Systems

The PL-01 has both “Soft Kill” (laser detection and warning) and “Hard Kill” Active Protection Systems. The Hard Kill system has x2 interceptor launchers, 1 either side of the turret. Each launcher has x4 counter measures which engage incoming threats so as to avoid impact with the tanks armor.

Stealth Technology

The PL-01 shape and surface angles are designed to avoid radar detection. This is further enhanced by the radar absorbing material (used by drones and certain Anti-Tank Missiles) covering the vehicles surface. Though not visible on the 2013 demonstrator, OBRUM have stated they wish to improve the design with (or similar) ADAPTIV camouflage system as used on the CV90120 Ghost Medium Tank.

The high tech camouflage system uses modules, which look like cells in a honeycomb to cover the flanks of an armoured vehicle. The modules are made of elements that can be cooled or heated up very quickly as well as controlled individually, allowing different patterns to be created.

The vehicle essentially works like a chameleon, able to mimic its surroundings, or copy other objects such as trucks and cars that can be projected onto the panels from a detailed image bank. The vehicle is also able to signal peaceful intend through flashing text messages across its flank or by creating patterns that can easily be recognized by friendly forces.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
120mm LLR L47 Smoothbore Elevation -10 to +20
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun
Ammunition Storage
x? 120mm, x? 7.62mm
Engine
940hp Diesel
Transmission
Automatic
Top Road Speed
70 km/h
Road Range
500km+
Fuel Capacity
525 litres?
Vertical Obstacle
?
Water Capability
?
Trench Crossing
?
Gradient
?
Side Slope
?
Length Gun Forward
8.3+m
Length Hull
6.6+m
Width
3.3+m
Height
2.4m (Turret Roof)
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
40+ Tonne
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Composite, Modular
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
soft_kill
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Driver