Mshindi

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Mshindi
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A Mshindi I tank on display at Ngome Vaal, home of the 2nd Vaal Armored Division
Type Main battle tank
Production history
Designer Bulgakko Heavy Industries
Huadai Precision Industries
Bingwa Mifumo ya Ulinzi (BMU)
Produced 1982 - 2001
Specifications
Weight 39.5 tonnes (empty)
42.4 tonnes (combat weight)
Crew 3

Armor Glass-reinforced plastic sandwiched between layers of steel with areas of rolled homogeneous armour, Explosive reactive armour plates optional.
Main
armament
125mm TGI CM125-1D/L52 smoothbore gun (28 ready in bustle autoloader, 17 rounds in protected hull storage)
Secondary
armament
Esk-62AG 7.62x54mm machine-gun (co-axial, 2,000 rounds)
Esk-12AG HMG 12.7x108mm heavy machine-gun (pintle-mounted, 1,200 rounds)
Engine Goungsung supercharged GHP-V12G-6A1 two-stroke V12 air-cooled diesel engine in powerpack
850 hp (634 kW)
Power/weight 20.04 hp/tonne
Transmission Kyoungcho KGI AHT-16B-6F1R hydromechanical automatic transmission (6 forward gears, 1 reverse gears) in powerpack
Suspension Torsion bar
Ground clearance Varies
Fuel capacity 1,280 litres (internal)
Operational
range
500km (internal fuel, road)
700km (with external stores)
Speed 68km/h (on road)
48km/h (cross-country)

The Mshindi tank (English: Conqueror), sometimes referred to as the Mshindi I, is a main battle tank produced by Bingwa Mifumo ya Ulinzi of Saarland with assistance from Bulgakko Heavy Industries and Huadai Precision Industries of Anikatia. It is, in essence, a licensed produced copy of the Anikatian Type 73 Seungli-ho. While the Mshindi represented an attempted by the Peoples Republic of Saarland to design and produce an indigenous tank, most of the vehicles produced were simply combinations of parts obtained from other Otterup Pact nations, primarily Anikatia, Estovnia, and Tule, put together in Saarland factories, and featured some electronic and add-on armored options installed after construction was completed.

History

Design

Variants

  • Mshindi II - A indigenous development of the Mshindi begun in 2005, featuring technology and assistance from western nations.

Operators

Current

Forner

See also