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Offline Grey Havoc

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Re: Modern halftracks?
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2016, 02:46:30 pm »
In the late 70s, early 80s, a British company called "Centaur" developed a series of modern half-track vehicles.   Soft-skinned, they combined the body of a Landrover 4x4 vehicle with elements from the running gear of the CVR(T) Scorpion light tank.  They were in .5 to 1.5 ton class of soft-skin vehicles.   They advertised heavily in the defence journals of the day and it appeared to be an excellent idea.   They offered superior mobility without much increased cost.   As far as I know, they were never adopted by any army.

I believe one of the issues was that the tracks had no return rollers, so when travelling at speed the top of the track flapped up and down at high speed , banging against the body work. The noise this made was unacceptably high (ear damageingly high!)






Not mentioned in the videos is that one prototype was fitted with an Asp-30 30mm cannon during trials.
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Offline Kat Tsun

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Re: Modern halftracks?
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2016, 10:42:20 pm »
http://www.military-today.com/apc/alacran.htm

Not counting the US Army's weird infatuation with all things flying, wheeled, and deathly:

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“When we first looked at a way of approaching the requirement we modeled and simulated about 10 different configurations – everything from putting band track over the wheels to half-track-like vehicles, to full track width, to changing the tire sizes,”

http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/general-dynamics-land-systems-debuts-tracked-stryker-concept/

Somewhere, someplace, sometime, there was a request for information from the US Army submitted online. They were looking for band tracks that could "slip over" the Stryker's rear wheels and improve its cross-country mobility by making a very silly vehicle which ended up being worded as implying they wanted to fit the tracks over the tires themselves. Not a bad idea (for the US Army), but it seems to have vanished off the Internet many moons ago.

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Re: Modern halftracks?
« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2016, 04:05:39 am »
A company called GS Engineering got some work developing the concept under an SBIR award.  They demoed it on a medium truck chassis.

http://www.gsengineering.com/content/success-story-bandtrack-over-tires

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Re: Modern halftracks?
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2017, 08:35:44 am »
A company called GS Engineering got some work developing the concept under an SBIR award.  They demoed it on a medium truck chassis.

http://www.gsengineering.com/content/success-story-bandtrack-over-tires
yes, hope someone works out all the issues ie these become ease on, off useable affordable etc. for stryker hemtt FTT etc.