Type-100 Main Battle Tank

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TETRU Type 100
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Type Main Battle Tank
Place of origin
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Rodarion
Service history
In service 1992-present
Used by
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Papal Army, Papal Defence Corps
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Ulthrannic Armed Forces
Wars Vesarius War
Rodar-Natalian War
Production history
Designer Papal Design Department
Designed 1989-1991
Manufacturer TETRU Defence
Unit cost USD$4-5 million
Produced 1991-Present
Number built 13,000 >
Specifications
Weight 65 tonnes (72 short tons; 64 long tons)
Length 7.5 m (hull), 10.3 m (gun forward)
Width 3.6 m
Height 2.4 m
Crew 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)

Armor Spaced applique armour - titanium chobham - rubber - depleted uranium backing layer
Main
armament
TETRU 130 mm 53 caliber ETC smoothbore gun
Secondary
armament
1 x PSR STAMP/II stabilized remote controlled turret

1 x 12.7 mm heavy machine gun

Engine TETU 8EP Electric Engine
1800 hp
Power/weight 22.2 hp/t
Suspension Hydropneumatic
Operational
range
430 km (With extended tanks - 750 km)
Speed 75 km/h onroad

The Type 100 is an advanced third generation main battle tank, designed and developed by TETRU Defence of Rodarion for the Papal Army, Papal Defence Corps and export markets. It is future replacement for the Type 90 Main Battle Tank. It is currently the most advanced tank in the Papal Armed Forces, Its 125mm rifled gun and its sophisticated optics, puts it on equal par with various of other tanks around Pardes.

History

Since the 1990's the Papal Army had always been adamant to update its tank range. Rather than rely upon Type 100s, the army demanded the addition of a advanced and effective tank model, with modern technology and weaponry, in 1996 the Army Design Bureau came up with the Type 100 line, a tank that was capable of 40mph on road, and armed with a 120mm rifled gun. The Army was overuled the design was granted exclusively to the Papal Defence Corps which had suffered under the Army's priority.

In 1999, the design was amended. The length of the hull was increased to allow for a large calibre gun; with the addition of the 125mm gun, the Type 100 could take on a modern Main battle tank with ease. A 7.62mm Machine gun replaced the 7.4mm gun. And a 12.5mm HMG was placed upon the turret for better performance in urban situations.

Finally in late 1999, the PDC accepted the design and ordered 800 by 2001. This order was criticised by the government as too ambitious, however the Rodarian Self Sufficient arms industry answered the call, though four months late. In 2009 the Army yet again ordered for 800 to make the final number 2,550. By 2020 there is to be 4,000, and 2025 8,000. The Type 100 is set to replace the entire combined ranges of the Type 90 and Dagger Tanks.

Design

Armament

The Type-100 is equipped with a 130 millimetres 55 calibre long ECT tank gun, the successor to the former 125 mm rifled guns found on the Type 90. The gun is made from high strength Electro Slag Remelting (ESR) steel with a chromium alloy lining and, like earlier Rodarian 125 mm guns, it is insulated by a thermal sleeve, something that Rodarians a long time to develop. It is fitted with a muzzle reference system and fume extractor, and is controlled by an all-electric control and stabilization system. The turret has a rotation time of 11 seconds through 360 degrees. Uniquely the weapon is a smoothbore cannon, which saw an additional plasma cartridge to ignite and control the propellant of the ammunition, the charge allows an increased velocity of around 2366 m/s. Sixty main armament rounds are carried in the turret and hull; these are a mix of L27A1 APFSDS (also referred to as CHARM 3), L31 HESH and L34 white phosphorus rounds, depending on the situation. As with earlier versions of the 130 mm gun, the propellant charges are loaded separately from the shell or KE projectile. A combustible rigid charge is used for the APFSDS rounds, and a combustible hemispherical bag charge for the HESH and Smoke rounds. An electrically-fired vent tube is used to initiate firing of the main armament rounds. (The main armament ammunition is thus described to be "three part ammunition", consisting of the projectile, charge and vent tube.) In 2005, the Type 100 began to recieve LAHAT top attack shells, designed to deal with superior tanks. The Type 100 is also armed with a SA99 7.62 mm chain gun coaxially to the left of the main gun, and a 9.62 mm SA71 (HSMG) machine gun mounted on a pintle on the loader's hatch ring. 4,200 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition along with 3,000 9.62 are carried. The Type 100 also has a 12.7mm TETRU KR stabilised remote control turret, it has over 3,2000 rounds stored in an isolated ammunition compartment.

Fire Control and Sights

The digital fire control computer from Defence and Protection Industries contains two 32-bit processors with a MIL STD1553B databus, and has capacity for additional systems, for example a Battlefield Information Control System. The commander has a panoramic SAGEM VS 580-10 gyrostabilised sight with laser rangefinder. Elevation range is +35° to −35°. The commander's station is equipped with eight periscopes for 360° vision. The Thermal Observation and Gunnery Sight II (TOGS II), from TETRU, provides night vision. The thermal image is displayed on both the gunner's and commander's sights and monitors. The gunner has a stabilised primary sight using a laser rangefinder with a range of 200 m to 10 km. The driver's position is equipped with a TETRU Optronics image-intensifying Passive Driving Periscope (PDP) for night driving. There is also a standard cross-hair sight, should the gunner wish to play it by eye.

Defence

The Type 100 is one of the most heavily armoured and best protected tanks in Pardes. The turret and hull are protected with GPDP L-43, the details of which are still classified. The military claims that this material is twice as strong as steel. Explosive reactive armour (ERA) kits are also fitted as necessary. The nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection system is located in the turret bustle. On each side of the turret are five L8 smoke grenade dischargers.

Drive system

TETRU Defence General Manager Cornelius Gaerescu has announced that the company had developed an electric engine for the Type 100. Gaerescu stated that an electric engine would reduce the ability of the enemy to identify the tank with thermal cameras in the battle field. He added that “Vehicles with internal combustion can be caught on thermal cameras". This was announced in 2010, as of December 2013 all Type 100s had been retrofitted with a TETU 8EP Electric Engine.

Engine: TETU 8EP Electric Engine, 1800 hp Gearbox: David Brown TN54 epicyclical transmission (6 fwd, 2 rev.). Suspension: second-generation hydrogas. Track: Defence and Protection Industries hydraulically adjustable double-pin. Maximum speed: 37 mph/60 km/h (road); 25 mph/40 km/h (cross country) Range: 280 mi/450 km (road); 156 mi/250 km (cross country).