Mshindi II

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Mshindi II
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Type Main battle tank
Production history
Designer Bingwa Mifumo ya Ulinzi (BMU)
Produced 2007 -
Weight 48.5 tonnes
Length 6.95 m
Width 3.59 m
Height 2.19 m
Crew 3

Armor Composite armor with ERA panels
TskVg-12-4 125mm kKB-2 Cannon
M-1971CS 7.62x54mm machine-gun (co-axial, 2,000 rounds)
Zastava M02 Coyote HMG 12.7x108mm heavy machine-gun (pintle-mounted, 1,200 rounds)
Engine Dailamer GFM-680K
1,000 hp (735 kW)
Power/weight 20.6 hp/t (16 kW/t)
Suspension Torsion bar
Ground clearance Varies
Fuel capacity 1,280 litres (internal)
500km (internal fuel, road)
700km (with external stores)
Speed 68km/h (on road)
48km/h (cross-country)

The Mshindi II is a main battle tank developed and produced by Bingwa Mifumo ya Ulinzi (BMU) of Saarland for the Saarland Defense Force and Saarland Presidential Guard. It is a development and modernization of the Mshindi I tank, which itself was a copy of the Anikatian Type 73 Seungli-ho.

The Mshindi II utilizes equipment from a variety of western sources, representing one of the first times former "Free Pardes" nations were involved in the overhaul and modernization of a former Democratic Socialist Republic of Anikatia design. Changes from the Mshindi I include a new dual-axis stabilized fire-control system and upgraded electronics primarily provided by the United Republic of Emmeria, reactive armor scheme, a more powerful engine and redesigned transmission system provoked by Dailamer of Dniegua, and new armaments including the main canon and automatic loading system, both of which were provided by Husqvarna of Dniegua, with secondary armaments provided by Brais Roi Arsenal of Temuair and Zastava of Gratislavia.

Currently, the Mshindi II is in service with the Saarland Presidential Guard and is replacing older Mshindi tanks in service with the Saarland Land Froces. Full replacement is expected to occur by 2023.



Operational History


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