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Vickers Mk2 Tank
United Kingdom

Vickers Mk 2 Tank

Vickers Mk2 Tank
Unveiled / Entered Service
1968
Vickers Mk2 Tank
Status
Proposed Design
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Introduction

The Vickers Mk 2 Tank was a proposed design based on feedback from the Indian Army on the Vickers Mk 1 Tank. The vehicle did not make it off the design boards, but some elements of the design were carried forward to the Vickers Mk 3 Tank, which did enter mass production.

Background

UK Defence Company Vickers had had a great deal of success with their first post war, fully indigenous designed and manufactured Vickers Mk 1 tank, selling it to Kuwait and licensed production in India, with over 2000 tanks produced.

With the Mk 1 lacking any significant armour protection, the Mk 2 proposed a new turret shape with out a main gun mantlet to provide addition protection. Additional attention was paid to the hull to deflect the blast from land mines.

Other feedback centred around the Mk 1’s mobility. The L60 main engine was underpowered, so an improved version that generated 700 bhp was proposed, which was an improvement of 165 bhp. Other changes were made to the rear track assembly and the tracks were widened to reduce ground pressure.

Whilst the L7 105mm main gun was still very potent, the design proposed the addition of British Swingfire Anti-Tank Missile launchers. Wire guided, these would give the Mk 2 the ability to engage enemy tanks at ranges of 4km’s.

A launcher was mounted on both side of the turret, with each launcher containing x2 missiles. These were folded down when the tank was on the move and set to an open angle of 30 degrees when firing. Vickers notes state that an additional x4 spare missiles could be stored in the turret in an unspecified location.

Optional equipment included a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical filtration system, Infra Red Searchlight and filters for the Driver, Commander and Gunner sights.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
L7 Rifled 105mm
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 50. cal Machine Gun, Loaders 7.62.mm Machine Gun
Ammunition Storage
x44 105mm, x4 Swingfire ATM, x3000 7.62mm, x600 .50cal (for ranging gun)
Engine
Leyland L60 Diesel 700 bhp
Transmission
N12 semi-automatic gearbox (?)
Top Road Speed
Road Range
220 miles
Fuel Capacity
1000 litres
Vertical Obstacle
0.9m
Water Capability
3ft, 9 inches
Trench Crossing
2.4m
Gradient
?
Side Slope
?
Length Gun Forward
Length Hull
Width
Height
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
NBC Protected
no
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver

References

  • ISBN: 978-1-4728-3335-8
  • Vickers Blue Prints and Design Documents