vajt said:Very nice looking concept tank. I remember reading that they were also proposing an unmanned turret design and if it had been built, it would have been the world's best protected tank.
Those were the days... :'(Abraham Gubler said:vajt said:Very nice looking concept tank. I remember reading that they were also proposing an unmanned turret design and if it had been built, it would have been the world's best protected tank.
Not quite. The Swedish third generation tank development (1970-80s) project included a range of external turret designs evolving from the S-Tank concept. These designs and technology demonstraters were named in the UDES series. See:
Only after difficulties in leadership accepting these radical designs did the Swedes turn to the more conventional STRV2000 project.
The Swedes had no problems funding their own tank design and development and never would have accepted 'Middle East Money' not to mention even sell major weapon systems to the Middle East. Swedish weapons development in the Cold War benefited from a comparatively streamlined and competent arms procurement agency that operated at efficiency levels not seen in the West since WW2 (or outside Israel since then). That is they knew what they wanted, asked for it once and let the industry get on with delivering the product.
Welcome! Today i have some more information on Swedish composite armor, this time from 1978. I have translated two pages from “Report on complementary studies of UDES 11, UDES 19 & UDES 3…fromtheswedisharchives.wordpress.com