What do you guys think about this T-55 upgrade?




 
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October 4th, 2004  
rOk
 
 

Topic: What do you guys think about this T-55 upgrade?


Well, just what it says, sorry I couldn't find any detailed page in English

http://www.mainbattletanks.czweb.org/Tanky/m55s1.htm

It's got ERA, 105mm L7 gun, some of the electronics are Israeli along with some other stuff (smoke launchers, fire extinguishers...), optics are Slovenian (pretty decent)...
October 4th, 2004  
Trevor
 
Too bad it's in russian. That looks pretty interesting to read about.
October 4th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 
Its not in russian, its in czech. Looks ok, but itsstill a T55. There is only so much you can do with a platform thats that old...Even Israel had to retire its Centurions, because there just was no room left fo more modifications....
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October 4th, 2004  
doddsy2978
 
Blimey! Are T55s still going. I would have thought that they would have been relegated to practice targets or 'Gateguards' by now.
October 4th, 2004  
Shadowalker
 
 
What nation does it belong to? if its czech then i thought they had replaced then with T-72s which are going upgrades now.
October 4th, 2004  
rOk
 
 
No no the website is Czech. The tank belongs to Slovenian army.

Political decision, we were offered barely used Leopards 2A4 at a bargain price-the same that Austria and Finland have now and the politicians favored this more on grounds that's it's good for the country to upgrade them because of work places, technology transfer and sucking up to Israel (but they sold us weapons when nobody would (arms embargo),that's true-this is sort of payback) etc...
Which is sort of true...the same company that upgraded them gets jobs from Soltam now...if I remember correctly they did 130 furnishings of 122mm howitzers for the Indian army (barrels only).
October 4th, 2004  
Animal Mother
 
Silly move if you could have gotten Leopard 2A4's dirt cheap. Then again, the chance that you would get involved in a major war alone is very small.

But getting the Leopard 2 would also have ment better intigration with european allies, of which many now use the Leopard 2 series.

(Not to mention being a superior MBT...)
October 4th, 2004  
Doppleganger
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Animal Mother
(Not to mention being a superior MBT...)
Just a slight understatement there.
October 4th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
True, the choice of Leopard2 puts one of the very best tanks in the world in your hands. The T-55 upgrade looks nice and all, but it seems silly to bother putting money into upgrading a design that is so very old.
October 4th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
The thing might just fall apart from getting hit!
Reactive armor. Means you can just about forget about infantry support. When one of those go off they're super lethal to any infantry standing around the tank.
I guess if you had a gazillion of these it could work. It'd be funny to see reactive armor of each tank setting off ones in the other etc etc.