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Watch it be a Leopard 2 hull with a Leclerc T4 turret :P 

 

 

On a side note, it will be interesting to see what happens with the project, if it will end up like the Leopard 1 (Germany and France made their own things) or MBT/Kpz-70 (it all fails). 

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3 minutes ago, Serge said:

This is a Leclerc turret on a Leopard -2. 

Trials on the firing range were good. 

 

The French 140mm is very different but is said to be proposed for the MGCS. 

I actually thought it would be a better idea to take the Leclerc's hull and put a Leopard's turret on it. 

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25 minutes ago, Mighty_Zuk said:

I actually thought it would be a better idea to take the Leclerc's hull and put a Leopard's turret on it. 

 

Seeing the scores from the last two SETCs and the Greek tests, it would certainly be better. Leclerc turret on Leopard 2 hull would not really offer any advantages (shorter gun, lower armor protection, less accuracy...).

 

Re: topic title... it has yet to be decided how the MGCS will look. Concept phase hasn't really finished. Four proposals were made, the best one has yet to be found.

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4 minutes ago, Mighty_Zuk said:

Why can't the Leopard fire on the move?

 

@Alzoc translated some marketing blurbs from back when Nexter was still trying to sell Leclercs.  One of their claims is that the trunnions of the Leclerc sit much closer to the center of balance of the gun, which means that the moments on the gun as the tank negotiates terrain at speed are lower.  This, in turn, means that the gun stabilization works at high speed and in rougher terrain than competing Western tanks.  According to them, Leo 2 and Abrams can fire on the move, but not at high speeds on rough terrain, while the Leclerc's stabilization works to considerably higher speeds on rougher terrain.

Who knows if it's true, but the physical reasoning behind their claim at least makes some sense.  That said, from what I've heard from tank crews, the ability to operate a tank while moving over rough terrain is a much a function of the suspension performance as the gun stabilization.  The fire control system might maintain the gun in perfect alignment with a fire control solution, but that's useless if the crew is being shaken so badly that they can't function.

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10 minutes ago, Collimatrix said:

 

@Alzoc translated some marketing blurbs from back when Nexter was still trying to sell Leclercs.  One of their claims is that the trunnions of the Leclerc sit much closer to the center of balance of the gun, which means that the moments on the gun as the tank negotiates terrain at speed are lower.  This, in turn, means that the gun stabilization works at high speed and in rougher terrain than competing Western tanks.  According to them, Leo 2 and Abrams can fire on the move, but not at high speeds on rough terrain, while the Leclerc's stabilization works to considerably higher speeds on rougher terrain.
 

Could it be the barrel length adding more weight at the front?

Because I swear I've seen demonstrations in Israel of some Merkava tanks driving at about top speed (50-ish km/h it was) on dirt and still doing some really fine shooting, and the MG253 gun only really has a difference in its recoil system. In terms of weight distribution it should be about the same as the Rheinmetall L/44.

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14 minutes ago, Collimatrix said:

 

@Alzoc translated some marketing blurbs from back when Nexter was still trying to sell Leclercs.  One of their claims is that the trunnions of the Leclerc sit much closer to the center of balance of the gun, which means that the moments on the gun as the tank negotiates terrain at speed are lower.  This, in turn, means that the gun stabilization works at high speed and in rougher terrain than competing Western tanks.  According to them, Leo 2 and Abrams can fire on the move, but not at high speeds on rough terrain, while the Leclerc's stabilization works to considerably higher speeds on rougher terrain.

Who knows if it's true, but the physical reasoning behind their claim at least makes some sense.  That said, from what I've heard from tank crews, the ability to operate a tank while moving over rough terrain is a much a function of the suspension performance as the gun stabilization.  The fire control system might maintain the gun in perfect alignment with a fire control solution, but that's useless if the crew is being shaken so badly that they can't function.

Leclerc was designed to achieve fire on the move at hight speed, whatever the target is doing. 

 

The « who knows » is nonsense. This has been  proved everyday for more than 20 years. Both Leopard-2 and Abrams can’t fire like a Leclerc. 

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9 minutes ago, Mighty_Zuk said:

Could it be the barrel length adding more weight at the front?

Because I swear I've seen demonstrations in Israel of some Merkava tanks driving at about top speed (50-ish km/h it was) on dirt and still doing some really fine shooting, and the MG253 gun only really has a difference in its recoil system. In terms of weight distribution it should be about the same as the Rheinmetall L/44.

 

Here's the discussion:
 

I don't think it's because there is more mass in front of the trunnions, I think it's because the gun actually sits much further back in the Leclerc.

Look at this top-down view of a Leclerc turret:

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Or look at any picture of a Leclerc with its gun elevated.  The trunnions sit just outside the turret ring, nearly as far back as they do in Soviet tanks.  Now compare that to a Leo 2 or Abrams; those tanks have the gun breech and gun trunnions as far forwards as possible, very far outside of the turret ring, probably to make more room inside the three-man turret.

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Given that the Leclerc ended up with lower shooting scores in all trials and competitions, I seriously doubt that there are issues with firing on the move. At the maximum speed that the Leopard 2 realistically reaches off-road, it can accurately hit its targets. Driving along flat roads with higher speeds shouldn't negatively affect its accuracy.

 

I guess you are mixing something up with the Leopard 1, which could not accurately fire on the move at speeds higher than 20-25 km/h...

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3 minutes ago, Collimatrix said:

Now compare that to a Leo 2 or Abrams; those tanks have the gun breech and gun trunnions as far forwards as possible, probably to make more room inside the three-man turret.

To permit manual reloading. 

With autoloader, the breach must be very close to the loading door. Like with the Type-90. 

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3 minutes ago, SH_MM said:

Given that the Leclerc ended up with lower shooting scores in all trials and competitions, I seriously doubt that there are issues with firing on the move. At the maximum speed that the Leopard 2 realistically reaches off-road, it can accurately hit its targets. Driving along flat roads with higher speeds shouldn't negatively affect its accuracy.

 

I guess you are mixing something up with the Leopard 1, which could not accurately fire on the move at speeds higher than 20-25 km/h...

Made my day. 

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40 minutes ago, Mighty_Zuk said:

Because I swear I've seen demonstrations in Israel of some Merkava tanks driving at about top speed (50-ish km/h it was) on dirt and still doing some really fine shooting, and the MG253 gun only really has a difference in its recoil system. In terms of weight distribution it should be about the same as the Rheinmetall L/44.

 

 

Any tank could drive nearly arbitrarily quickly on a smooth-ish road and have no trouble hitting targets.  You only get problems when the tank is actually pitching around from the bumps and throwing the sights and gun off target.

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8 minutes ago, Collimatrix said:

 

 

Any tank could drive nearly arbitrarily quickly on a smooth-ish road and have no trouble hitting targets.  You only get problems when the tank is actually pitching around from the bumps and throwing the sights and gun off target.

Good point. I understand the Leclerc's gun is farther back inside the turret. But seeing how well stabilizers work these days, I doubt such inherent physical advantages are anywhere nearly as meaningful today as they were in the 80's, unless we're talking about countries who hadn't updated their fleets in a while.

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The design of the Leclerc allows a more convenient gun balance (on or very close to the trunnions axis).
This allows the minimize momentums.
The turret is balanced as well to control any momentum to achieve the same controls over momentums.

Turret traverse and gun elevation have high acceleration rate (~45°/s²) dispite the 30°/s max speed.
The autoloader allows a constant rate of fire whatever the tank is doing.
I'll stop here, I'll skip FCS and suspension because, they have proven their values.

The thing is none of the persons here can judge the value of any tanks because the hardware hasn't been shown into their worst conditions. Abrams, Challenger 2, Leclerc, Léopard 2 and others have just fired at worst on bumpy dirt roads with the crews doing all the SOP requirements to ensure a steady speed and minimise the vibrations.
No matter what the competitions or tests have shown, people always forget that there is a huge piece of meatware that seats between the seat and the handelbar that can f**k things up...
 
I won't hide that I consider the human loader as a risk at high speed high bumpiness. But in real combat, the pace of engagement is much slower than we think.

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33 minutes ago, Collimatrix said:

Not really.  It's entirely possible to have a folding spanning tray, e.g. in many naval gun autoloaders.

Yes. Of course, it depends on the design of the autoloader. 

The CCVL/M8 is a good exemple. 

 

On purpose is to achieve compactness so naval design are not the best.

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