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Tarantula

90 mm fire support vehicle

Tarantula vehicle

The Tarantula is a lightly armed and lightly armored Indonesian fire support vehicle

 
 
Country of origin Indonesia / South Korea
Entered service 2012
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 18 t
Length ~ 6.5 m
Width ~ 2.7 m
Height ~ 3 m
Armament
Main gun 90 mm
Machine guns 2 x 7.62 mm
Maximum effective range ~ 2 km
Maximum range of fire 6 km
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Cummins diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 8 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 1.2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Tarantula is an Indonesian fire support vehicle. It was originally developed in South Korea by Doosan and is based on a Black Fox armored personnel carrier chassis. This vehicle is fitted with a 90 mm turret. In 2009 a contract was signed to supply a total of 43 fire support vehicles to Indonesia. First pre-production vehicles were delivered to Indonesia for trials in 2011. Some of these fire support vehicles were manufactured in South Korea and delivered to Indonesia in a semi-knocked-down form. Final assembly was performed in Indonesia by Pindad. Deliveries of production vehicles to the Indonesian Army commenced in 2012 and were completed in 2013.

   The main role of the Tarantula is infantry fire support. It can engage buildings and field fortifications. It is also effective against lightly armored and soft skin vehicles. However its 90 mm gun does not have adequate firepower to engage tanks. The Tarantula has significant tactical mobility. It can be briefly redeployed. Operational concept behind these lightly armed and lightly armored units is stressed on speed, deployability and maneuverability in order to counter enemy forces.

   The Tarantula has a Cockeril CSE 90LP 2-man turret, produced in Belgium by CMI Defence. It is armed with a 90 mm low-pressure gun. It is worth noting that the CMI Defence is a world leader in 90-mm guns and turrets. Essentially the same Cockeril gun was used on a number of light armored vehicles. It proved itself as a rugged and effective weapon, which is easy to operate and to maintain. The gun can fire a wide range of 90 mm munitions, including HE, HEAT, HESH, APFSDS, canister and smoke rounds. Maximum indirect range of fire is up to 6 km. Though effective range of direct fire is up to around 2 km.

   The gun is fully stabilized and can fire accurately on the move. Fire control system includes a laser rangefinder and ballistic computer.

   There is also a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. Another 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun can be installed on top of the roof.

   Armor of this vehicle provides all-round protection from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is likely that the front arc withstands hits from 12.7 mm armor-piercing rounds.

   The Tarantula has a crew of 3, including commander, gunner and driver. Crew enter and leave the vehicle via a rear power-operated ramp with integral door. There are also roof hatches.

   This fire support vehicle has a conventional layout with a front-mounted engine. Vehicle is reportedly powered by a Cummins turbocharged diesel engine, developing 400 hp. It is mated to an automatic transmission system. Vehicle has steering on the front four wheels. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres.

   The Tarantula is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets, mounted at the rear. Maximum amphibious speed on water is 8 km/h.

   Interestingly another 90 mm fire support vehicle was developed in Indonesia, called Badak. It is based on Anoa 6x6 armored personnel carrier chassis and is fitted with the same turret as Tarantula. This armored personnel carrier is not amphibious. It looks that the Badak was not adopted by Indonesia.

 

 
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