RetroSicotte wrote:Well, I have good news for you, some information has been found on the L55A1s limits.
http://rusjev.net/2019/01/25/eksperimen ... -navyilet/
Not fully official, but it mentions this:Rh120L55A1 has a permissible pressure in the barrel bore up to 700 MPa, against 670 MPa in standard Rh120L55
This would put it in range to safely use the M829A4. Whether it's acquired is of course unlikely, but it means it is possible!
Great stuff. So at the very least it will be there in case of emergency. Heartening to know.
And a very exciting little tidbit...Germanization will also affect the power plant of the tank. Instead of the Perkins “Condor” CV12 diesel, with a capacity of 1,200 hp, which is clearly not enough for a 60-ton colossus, a unified MTO with the German diesel MTU MT-883 Ka-501 with a power of 1,630 hp will be installed. and automatic transmission Renk.
HP isn't everything, but that would be the most powerful tank engine in NATO in sheer grunt. The M1s turbine and the Leclercs unique supercharger may give them edges in acceleration still, but that is a LOT of power.
Though i am likely oversimplifying, to put this into perspective, a powerpack like this would provide a fully Streetfighter configured Challenger with a power to weight ratio of over 20hp per ton! That's at least as much as the tank had when new!
It's pipe dream thinking to imagine every upgrade, but if all this was taken up it would mean:
1. The Challenger would gain the most powerful gun in NATO.
2. The Challenger would have the newest turret in NATO, with the newest armour.
3. The Challenger would be one of only two western tanks with completely protected crew compartments from ammo detonations.
4. The Challenger would have the highest rated engine in NATO.
5. The Challenger would be one of only two with APS (since the M1 will get APS before this enters service)
6. The Challenger would be using one of the best APFSDS rounds in the world.
7. The Challenger would finally have the same hunter-killer as everyone else.
Talk about rags to riches.
It's a tantalising prospect for sure. Though just on the point of armour, i believe i am right in stating that the "new" armour mentioned refers explicitly to the steel backing onto which the composite armour is mounted - the turret shell if you will.
For me this is hardly an issue as i'm still very much a proponent of Dorchester.