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Translated form German.

On June 22nd, IABG, commissioned by the BAAINBw as general contractor, presented the complete system demonstrator for an airborne weapon carrier (GSD LuWa) after a project duration of 14 months.

Together with the project partners ACS, FFG and Valhalla Turrets, the vehicle, weapon system and interior were presented to a ministerial and official specialist audience at ACS in Derching near Augsburg.
With the GSD LuWa, the subsystems that are considered to be particularly risky are to be examined and evaluated by mid-2022.

A digital twin of the GSD LuWa accompanies the investigation and can be used for the further development process. For the possible successor to the Wiesel 1 MK, technical specifications are being developed that could be incorporated into the performance description for future development.
CGI of the demonstrator.

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Interesting! The twin-tracks are different. I do wonder about the strips at the side - the two under that small side viewport are clearly tapped to receive something, but the positioning is odd - too central for add-on armour and anything bulky will cut down the field of view from the port. The bigger group of strips to the rear are so flat to the surface they almost look velcro-like.

There's a couple of interesting articles linked off the one in the OP, one about the Jaegers (German light infantry units), plus one gebirgsjaeger battalion, adopting the Boxer in IFV configuration as a Wiesel replacement in their heavy companies (which makes sense given they've lost their airmobile role), and the other about a Chinese Wiesel look-alike.


 

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The tracks seem rather narrow, or am I imagining things?
 

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The pic makes it clear the "strips" at the side I was puzzled by are actually cooling louvres.
 

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The tracks seem rather narrow, or am I imagining things?

The whole thing is going to be lightweight, so they probably don't need wide tracks to give low ground-pressure, and the wider the tracks the narrower the hull has to be to fit CH-47 or CH-53
 

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Other than tracks, the general outline looks a bit like late-war Japanese light tanks.
Natural form for a very light tank, I guess?
 

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Other than tracks, the general outline looks a bit like late-war Japanese light tanks.
Natural form for a very light tank, I guess?
Just a coincidence I would think, the size is dictated by CH53. Armour is very light on this, hence the use of glass, as vision is more useful, and the glass presumably matches the thin armour in terms of performance.

It is a weapons carrier, not a tank after all.
 

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The tracks seem rather narrow, or am I imagining things?

The whole thing is going to be lightweight, so they probably don't need wide tracks to give low ground-pressure, and the wider the tracks the narrower the hull has to be to fit CH-47 or CH-53

Wiesel has really skinny tracks as well.

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To answer some of the questions, the 4 track layout is to improve survivability against mine strikes etc, lose a track and can keep going, each track is individually powered by an electic motor.

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Pretty cool, small but deadly:)
 

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To answer some of the questions, the 4 track layout is to improve survivability against mine strikes etc, lose a track and can keep going, each track is individually powered by an electic motor.
Pretty cool, small but deadly:)
Do you think they would do a civilian version...? Look cool on the M25, no one would cut you up..
 

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