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  1. Development of a 8-tonne reconnaissance amphibious tracked vehicle (ERAC) was launched in 1960. The use of a fin-stabilized shaped charge projectile as main anti-tank round was deemed obvious given the performance achieved with the 90 mm shell. The project consists of a D 739 gun firing a 105 mm projectile with a steel body designed to be fired under higher pressure (2100 kg/cm²) with a muzzle velocity of 850 m/s. The static firing trials in 1962 and the ERAC prototype the following year fall short of expectations ; the accuracy is barely acceptable and the armor penetration is mediocre compared to the caliber. Meanwhile, the ERAC project is cancelled and its successor, the ECA (Engin de Combat Amphibie : amphibious fighting machine) didn't have any more luck. The AMX-10 RC also used a fin-stabilized shaped charge projectile but with a superior ballistic performance (1100 m/s). - MAREST, M, TAUZIN, M, COMHART T9 ; L'armement de gros calibre, Centre des hautes études de l’armement Division Histoire, Paris, 2008.
  2. What are the purpose of the two holes ahead of the right exhaust ? APU exhaust, CBRN filtration system, air conditioning, ... ?
  3. Vickers MBT Mk. 7 loader's station :
  4. The protection is focused on the crew survival cell, everything else around it is expendable.
  5. AFAIK, the Spanish used the OE mod. 60 and the OCC 105 F1 rounds on their Pattons.
  6. https://www.militariacollectors.network/forums/topic/1116-105mm-apfsds-h662/
  7. The French BS G2 ERA brick is also effective against kinetic energy projectiles (Jane's International Defense Review, Volume No. 29, May 1996, p.17) :
  8. Fairey Hydraulics http://www.army-guide.com/eng/product676.html
  9. 230 L / 100 km on roads and 146 L per hour when traveling cross country
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