1/600 Scale ASCOD Ulan LT105 Light Tank.
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10x ASCOD Ulan LT105 Light Tanks
ASCOD Ulan LT105 Light Tank
The ASCOD 105 light tank has been developed as a private venture for the export market by ASCOD AIE which is jointly owned by General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas of Spain and Steyr-Daimler-Puch of Austria. Both of these companies are now part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems.
The ASCOD 105 light tank consists of a modified ASCOD armoured infantry fighting vehicle chassis which is already in production in Austria by Steyr-Daimler-Puch (for the Austrian Army who call it the Ulan) and in Spain by General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas (for the Spanish Army who call it the Pizarro).
It is fitted with the complete South African Denel Land Systems turret installed on the private venture South African, now BAE Systems Land Systems OMC Rooikat 105 mm armoured car (8 × 8) (covered in detail in a separate entry).
The first prototype of the ASCOD 105 light tank was completed late in 1996 and it has been demonstrated in Austria to a number of potential export customers, including some in Asia.
The hull of the ASCOD 105 light tank is all-welded steel armour that provides protection from small arms fire and shell splinters.
The driver is seated front left with the power pack to the right and above his position is a single-piece hatch cover that lifts and opens to the rear. In front of this are three day periscopes, the centre one of which can be replaced by a passive periscope for driving at night.
The all-welded steel turret is in the centre with the commander and gunner on the right and the loader on the left. The commander has a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the rear and eight day periscopes for all-round observation and a roof-mounted stabilised day sight. He also has a monitor of the gunner's main thermal sight.
The gunner has a stabilised day/thermal sight incorporating a laser range-finder and an observation periscope. The loader has a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the rear plus two day periscopes and a vision block. An ammunition resupply hatch is provided in the left side of the turret.
Main armament is a fully stabilised 105 mm Denel Land Systems GT 7 rifled tank gun that fires standard natures of 105 mm ammunition with a 7.62 mm machine gun mounted coaxial with the main armament and a roof-mounted 7.62 mm anti-aircraft machine gun.
Suspension either side is of the torsion bar type with rotary dampers for the first and last road wheel stations. The suspension either side consists of seven dual rubber-tyred road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and track-return rollers.
The rear hull door of the ASCOD armoured infantry fighting vehicle is retained.
If required, additional armour can be fitted to provide a higher level of battlefield survivability. This could be of the passive or explosive reactive type. The latter would provide a high level of protection against weapons fitted with a HEAT warhead.
Standard equipment for the ASCOD 105 includes an overpressure NBC system, fire detection and suppression system for engine compartment and a diesel-operated heater for driver and crew compartment.
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