STT Project ‘Chimera’ (1950)

United Kingdom (1950) Heavy Tank Project – None Built Chimera began as a design exercise in April 1950 at the School of Tank Technology (STT) to design and draw up the plans for a tank capable of engaging and destroying the Soviet IS-3. The Soviet behemoth had first shown up in numbers at the Berlin…

STT Project ‘Spartan’

United Kingdom (1958) Self-Propelled Gun – None Built Spartan began as a design study at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham for a Weapon and Fighting Vehicle Design involving the Officers on the group as well as members of the Technical Staff Course. The project was for the design of a close support artillery…

STT Project ‘Cerebos’

United Kingdom (1956) Heavy Tank Destroyer – Design Only Cerebos was a project designed by the 7th Tank Technical Officers (T.T.O.) Mechanical and Gunnery AFV design exercise held at the British Royal Armoured Corp (R.A.C.) School of Tank Technology (S.T.T.) in 1956. In the study, the designers were tasked with coming up with a heavy…

RO2004 Light Tank

United Kingdom (1985) Light Tank – 1 Incomplete Prototype The RO2000 series of vehicles was a late Cold War attempt by the Royal Ordnance PLC to standardize the vehicle fleet of the British Army and for export to Middle Eastern countries. The central idea of the RO2000 was a common platform encompassing the engine, transmission,…

RO2001 Self-Propelled Gun

United Kingdom (1986) Self-Propelled Gun – 1 Built The RO2000 series of light vehicles came about as a government evaluation into developing a new generation of vehicles known as Future Family of Light Armoured Vehicles (FFLAV). FFLAV began to progress swiftly after the 1990-1991 Gulf War, which had highlighted key areas of concern in the…

RO2000 Platform

United Kingdom (1986) Multi-Role Platform – Several Built The RO2000 series of light vehicles were a part of a government initiative into developing a new generation of vehicles, known as the Future Family of Light Armoured Vehicles (FFLAV). This was a follow up on the Family of Light Armoured Vehicles (FLAV), whose origins can be…

A.46 Light Tank

United Kingdom (1946-1947) Light Tank – None Built The origins of the A.46 and its descendants, the FV300 family, began in the middle of 1943 during the Second World War. At this point, the United Kingdom and the United States discussed that for a while at least, the US would provide enough tanks and war…

FV4010 & Malkara

United Kingdom (1954-1960) Heavy Tank Destroyer – 3 Hulls Built The story of FV4010 and its missiles begins in the strange post-war phase, following the collapse of the Third Reich and the Rise of the Soviet Union as the perceived global antagonist. It had long been appreciated during the Second World War that the Soviets…

STT Project ‘Chimera’ (1984)

United Kingdom (1984) Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun – None Built Chimera was a British School of Tank Technology study design to develop a casemated Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) that could make constructive use of the remaining, dated FV4201 Chieftain Tanks then still in service. It is worth noting that there are several ‘Chimeras’, the UK not…

SU-76i

Soviet Union (1942-1945) Self-Propelled Gun – 181 Built The Red Army’s Panzer III 76mm SPG The SU-76i was built or re-built by the Soviets because, while speeding up their huge production of tanks, they still faced shortages in certain areas. Furthermore, the original SU-76 model had several flaws. They were unreliable and not a pleasure to…

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