Perhaps, but designing the different bits in different countries always seemed to me to be asking for trouble. There have been several other "cooperative" tank failures.does suggest 'the will' wasn't really there.
Pioneer said:Does anyone know if the SP-70 made it to test firing status?
Red Lancer said:It certainly made it to test firing. There is one still in existence at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, UK or was a few years ago. A salutory lesson on how not to procure equipment.
acorning said:Using a tank based chassis was plain daft, UK knew this but the Germans thought they knew better. The basic problem was no ground level door into the fighting compartment and hence all ammo had to go in through some contrivance. It was the inability to make this mission critical contrivance sufficiently reliable that in the end killed it.
acorning said:Not sure about the 'one act of loading' bit. The ammo was separate loading, ie proj and cart are separate items.
acorning said:IIRC SP 70 did have internal ammo stowage, for various obvious reasons (starting with Quick Actions and ending with the need to operate fully closed down in NBC conditions). I doubt that direct loading from external to breach would be the usual practice, for a start the time required would probably not achieve the required burst fire rate. Where it would be useful would be sustained low rate of fire, ie 2 rpm.
acorning said:By 'off axis' you obviously mean 'off centre of arc', the vehicle axis is irrelevant.