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Vickers Mk.7

Main battle tank

Vickers Mk.7 MBT

The Vickers Mk.7 was developed to replace the Challenger 1, but was not accepted to British Army

 
 
Country of origin United Kingdom
Entered service -
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 54.6 t
Length (gun forward) 10.95 m
Hull length 7.72 m
Width 3.42 m
Height 2.54 m
Armament
Main gun 120 mm rifled
Machine guns 2 x 7.62 mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 50 rounds
Machine guns 2 000 x 7.62 mm rounds
Mobility
Engine MTU MB-837 Ka501 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed 72 km/h
Range 550 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.15 m
Trench 3 m
Fording ?

 

   Despite its designation, the Vickers Mk.7 main battle tank has nothing in common with the Vickers Mk.1 and Mk.3 tanks. It is a further development of the earlier Vickers Mk.4 Valiant main battle tank. In fact it is a combination of a German Leopard 2 hull, mated with the Vickers Mk.4 turret.

   This tank was developed in the late 1980s to replace the Challenger 1 MBT. However the Vickers Mk.7 was not adopted by the British Army. Eventually the British Army went for a Challenger 2. The Vickers Mk.7 tank was actively offered for possible export customers, however it also received no production orders from other countries. Only one Vickers Mk.7 has been built.

   Turret of the Vickers Mk.7 is similar to that, used on the Vickers Mk.4 Valiant MBT. Front of the turret and hull is enhanced by Chobham composite armor. Later similar turret with considerable number of improvements was used on Brazilian Osorio MBT.

   The tank is armed with an L11 120 mm rifled gun. It fires the same ammunition, developed for the Challenger 1 main battle tank. For export customers it was offered with a choice of three guns: the same British L11 120 mm rifled gun, German Rheinmetall 120 mm smoothbore gun and French GIAT 120 mm smoothbore gun. All of these guns are loaded manually.

   Secondary armament consists of two 7.62 mm machine guns. One of them is mounted coaxially with the main gun, another is mounted on the turret roof.

   This main battle tank was fitted with a digital fire control system and gun control system. Both of these systems were revolutionary at that time.

   Vehicle has a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   The Vickers Mk.7 uses a complete hull of the German Leopard 2 main battle tank, as well as the engine, developing 1 500 horsepower.

 

 

 
Vickers Mk.7 MBT

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Vickers Mk.7 MBT

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Vickers Mk.7 MBT

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