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Thursday, May 4th 2017, 8:59pm

M48 Medium Tank “Kurjak”

Posted here for peer review. Prototype expected to appear in spring of 1948, with production commencing sometime in 1949.


Crew: 5 (Commander, gunner, loader, driver, radio operator)
Battle Weight: 38,500 kilograms
Length: 9.2 metres
Width: 3.5 metres
Height: 3.0 metres
Engine: Skoda V-12 diesel, 700 horsepower
Power/weight ratio: 18.18 horsepower/tonne


Main: 90mm Schneider CN-90 mle 42 m47 F2
Coaxial: 7.92mm M32
Bow: 7.92mm M32

Fire Control:

Graduated target position indicator ring inside cupola for commander. Turret position indicator with two dials for gunner


Main gun – 70 rounds
Machineguns – 4,000 rounds


Frontal: 100-120mm
Sides: 50mm
Turret frontal: 100mm
Turret sides: 80mm
Turret rear: 50mm


Running gear per side – one final drive wheel, one idler wheel. Three bogies with six roadwheels on quarter-elliptic springs; five return rollers.


Maximum Road Speed: 45kilometres per hour
Gradient: 55 degrees
Vertical Step: 800mm
Trench Crossing: 2 metres
Fording Depth: 4 metres
Road Range: 170 kilometres


Saturday, May 6th 2017, 10:23am

Looking at other tanks within the 37-39 tonnes ballpark the design seems reasonable.
I guess Yugoslavia would now be looking to a 90mm gun to counter the heavy tanks the Italians possess.