Vickers MBT


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11 March 2006
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vickers developed the Vickers Mk-1 MBT as a private venture - a lighter and cheaper alternative to the Chieftain. It was eventually adopted by India - being named Vijayanta (victory) were production commenced in 1965.

Mk-1 38,600kg combat weight, Leyland L60 650bhp engine, 105mm main gun and road range of 480km.

Mk-2 was basically a Mk-1 with two launches either side of the turret rear for Swingfire ATGW

Mk-3 was developed in the late 1970's and ordered in the 1980's by Kenya and then Nigeria. It had a 38,700kg combate weight, General motors 12V-71T 720bhp engine, 600km road range and 105mm Gun.

Mk-3M latest offering with reactive armour, same 12V-71T diesel engine as the Mk-3. Any other information out their.

Attached shows pictures from left-right Mk-1, Mk-3 and Mk-3M


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I have had the opportunity to converse with Vickers crewmen in the Indian Army. Gist of the message: Excellent gun, very accurate and with nice punch, but unreliable powerpack, which is a maintenance hog. The armour is also not sufficient. In short, a good "ambush tank", but not exactly the chariot for a speedy blitzkreig or sustained war.

Indian tanks use a locally developed FCS as well as a Marconi one (for the initial batch of upgrades). The FCS is better, in some ways than that on India's older T-72's(ones without upgrades). A local project was undertaken to uparmour the Vijayanta, with the Arjun MBTs kanchan composite armour, and new powerpacks, but the program fell through for lack of funding by the Indian Ministry of Defence, and technical problems with the engine replacement. The armour trials had excellent results.

Currently, the Vijayanta is being phased out. A few will remain "attached" to infantry units, as mobile firepower. The same is being done for the T-55. But with low rate T-72 production still going on (India imports dirt cheap hulls from Russia, and fits them out locally with the rest), even these tanks may be superceded.
This photo was labelled as a 'Kartik' bridgelayer, but might be a prototype as the Kartik featured a lengthened Vijayanta hull with seven road wheels. At first I thought it was a T-72 chassis. I wouldn't fancy that bloke's chances if the hydraulics failed!

Also, Marksman fitted to a Vickers MBT.



Marksman on Vickers MBT.JPG

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