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VFM 5

Light tank

VFM 5 light tank

The VFM 5 light tank was intended mainly for export customers

 
 
Entered service -
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 19.8 t
Length (gun forward) 8.61 m
Hull length 6.2 m
Width 2.69 m
Height 2.35 m
Armament
Main gun 105-mm rifled
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm, 1 x 12.7-mm
Elevation range - 10 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 41 rounds
Machine guns 4 500 x 7.62-mm, 600 x 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine Detroit Diesel 6M-92TA diesel
Engine power 550 hp
Maximum road speed 72 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.1 m
Fording 1.3 m

 

   The VFM 5 light tank was developed by Vickers. It is also referred as the Vickers Mk.5. It is based on the XM8 light tank, developed by FMC. Overall design was simplified to reduce the price of the tank. The VFM 5 was aimed mainly at the export customers. First prototype was revealed in 1986. However this light tank received no production orders.

   The VFM 5 is a light and airportable vehicle. Its Hull and turret are welded from aluminum armor. Front arc is reinforced with additional armor plates.

   The VFM 5 light tank is armed with a fully-stabilized 105-mm rifled gun, developed by Royal Ordnance. This gun is loaded manually, unlike the XM8 fitted with an autoloader. Autoloader was removed to keep the production price down. This 105-mm gun fires all standard NATO 105-mm ammunition. A total of 19 rounds are located inside the combat compartment and are ready to use.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and roof mounted 12.7-mm MG.

   The VFM 5 light tank has a crew of four, including commander, driver, gunner and loader.

   Vehicle is powered by Detroit Diesel 6M-92TA diesel engine, developing 550 hp. This light tank could be airlifted by the C-130 Hercules or larger military cargo aircraft.

 

Video of the Vickers VFM 5 light tank

 
VFM 5 light tank

VFM 5 light tank

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