Abrams: A History of the American Main Battle Tank by R. P. Hunnicutt, D. P. Dyer, Dan Graves, Uwe Feist

By R. P. Hunnicutt, D. P. Dyer, Dan Graves, Uwe Feist

Книга Abrams Abrams Книги Вооружение Автор: R.Hunnicutt Формат: pdf Размер: 162 Язык: Русский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Подробная история американского танка Абрамс - создание,конструкция,модификации.

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This loader was supplied by a 14 round rotary magazine underneath the turret basket floor which could be reloaded when needed by the tank commander or driver. The estimated maximum firing rate with the automatic loader was 28 to 30 rounds per minute. 50 caliber machine gun was mounted on the left side of the cannon and an articulated telescopic sight was located on the right side for the gunner. No stabilization was provided for the main armament. The driver was seated on a platform suspended from the roof in the left front of the turret.

A homogeneous steel armor casting comprised the front, top, and sides of the hull extending to the rear of the crew compartment. Rolled homogeneous steel armor plates were assembled by welding to form the sides and rear of the engine compartment as well as the floor of the tank. The crew was separated from the engine compartment by a watertight bulkhead welded in place across the full width of the hull. The rear deck over the engine compartment consisted of cast armor steel grill doors on each side, an aluminum alloy top deck plate in the center, and two steel support cross beams.

Later, it was redesignated as the Rex I after the development of subsequent versions. The Rex tank incorporated many of the features included in some of the earlier proposals. The driver was located in the turret with the gunner and the tank commander. The turret ring was only 80 inches in diameter, but this provided ample space since an automatic loading device replaced the loader reducing the crew to three men. 30 caliber machine gun. This was part of an integrated commander's station including an Optar range finder, a sight, and an automatic target designation system.

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