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zriel #1 Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:41 PM

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With no obvious reasons developers missed in the 50's developed a prototype of the U.S. medium tank - the most advanced and futuristic design of those years.

Here is a brief description of this tank:

Subsequent to the ASTRON meeting on 17-18 May,
Chrysler Corporation presented a separate proposal for an
unusual tank designated as the TV-8. This design located
the entire crew, armament, and power plant in a pod shaped
turret mounted above a lightweight chassis. The total weight
was estimated to be 25 tons with about 15 tons in the turret
and 10 tons in the chassis. The two were separable for
shipment by air.
The TV-8 was armed with the 90mm gun T208 rigidly
mounted in the turret and fitted with an hydraulic ramming
device. The 90mm ammunition stowage was in the rear
of the turret separated from the crew by a steel bulkhead.
Secondary armament consisted of two coaxial .30 caliber
machine guns and one remote controlled .50 caliber
machine gun on the turret top operated by the tank commander.
Closed circuit television was provided to protect
the crew from the flash of tactical nuclear weapons and
to increase the field of vision.
On the phase I TV-8, a Chrysler V-8 engine developing
300 gross horsepower was coupled to an electric generator
in the rear of the turret. This generator supplied power
to the two electric motors in the front hull. One motor drove
each of the two 28 inch wide tracks. Other power plants
were considered for later development including a gas turbine
electric drive, a vapor cycle power plant with hydrocarbon
fuels, and finally a vapor cycle power plant with nuclear
fuel. The fuel tanks for the phase I vehicle were located
in the hull separating them from the crew in the turret.
Space was provided in the heavily armored inner turret
for a crew of four, although only two were required
to operate the tank, the gunner and the driver. These two
were located in the front at the right and left of the cannon
respectively. The driver could operate fully protected
inside the turret or with his head and shoulders exposed
above the roof. The tank commander was at the right rear
with the loader on his left. The heavily armored inner turret
was surrounded by a light outer shell that gave the turret
its podlike appearance. This shell was watertight creating
sufficient displacement to allow the vehicle to float. Propulsion
in the water was by means of a water jet pump installed
in the bottom rear of the turret. The outer turret shell was
of sufficient thickness to detonate shaped charge rounds
and it acted as spaced armor to help protect the inner turret.
The turret was supported by an assembly which rotated
in a ring in the hull roof and it was moved in elevation
by two large hydraulic cylinders. The TV-8 was 352 inches
long with the gun forward, 134 inches wide, and 115 inches
high over the remote controlled machine gun.
The three ASTRON proposals, as well as the TV-8
design, were reviewed and it was concluded that they did
not offer sufficient advantages over the conventional
medium gun tank to justify further development. This was
confirmed by OTCM 36225, dated 23 April 1956, which
terminated the ASTRON program. However, the OTCM
indicated that consideration would be given to the novel
features of the ASTRON proposals and the TV-8 in the
design of future tanks.

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sharky91 #2 Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:44 PM

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Haha, T-54 is nothing compared to this...imagine how many bounces this thing would do, hull-down  :P


Would be a nice ambush tank, imagine it coming out of the water in campinovka, scaring all those little camping tanks  :Smile-hiding:

VGA #3 Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:45 PM

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what is this I don't even

sindroms #4 Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:47 PM

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Hindenburg on tracks...

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And how about the ultimate tier I hull down tank?

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zriel #6 Posted 26 November 2011 - 04:53 PM

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The tank was planned with two drive options: internal combustion engine drives the generator that powered electric motors, and the second variant - a small nuclear reactor that powered everything.
Imagine a scenario in the second critical engine failure - the effect of your entire team and the opponents is destroyed in a spectacular nuclear explosion :)

Feindfeuer #7 Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:00 PM

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HAHAHA... this thing looks awesome and retarded at once. I would buy one if it were to become a premium tank. Probably tipping over every round once the physics patch is released. :D

NiekSchmidt #8 Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:20 PM

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Weirdest.tank.evarrrr...

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Why is this in the medium section ?   :lol:

Warenwolf #10 Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:26 PM

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Found no reference to that tank in the literature or on the net (besides few forums). The black and white picture you linked to appears to be of a mockup (or prototype) yet if it was taken from a museum, the original source and place where picture was taken would be easy to track down (and why no more pictures of the mockup?).

hmmm.... I would wager that the entire TV-8 tank is perhaps just a hoax. Bit strange that there are few sources regarding this (compared to Object 279 which is another project that was never realized)

zriel #11 Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:39 PM

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View PostVGA, on 26 November 2011 - 05:24 PM, said:

Why is this in the medium section ?   :lol:

Since it was planned as a medium tank, weighing 25 tons and is equipped with 90mm caliber gun.

Skee #12 Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:48 PM

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Best tank ever. I would buy this in a heartbeat if it was included as a premium.

Nuclear powered boat/tank. Awesomesauce!

LordofHara #13 Posted 26 November 2011 - 05:51 PM

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A gigantic suppository on wheels  :Smile_great:

zriel #14 Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:37 PM

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View PostWarenwolf, on 26 November 2011 - 05:26 PM, said:

Found no reference to that tank in the literature or on the net (besides few forums). The black and white picture you linked to appears to be of a mockup (or prototype) yet if it was taken from a museum, the original source and place where picture was taken would be easy to track down (and why no more pictures of the mockup?).

hmmm.... I would wager that the entire TV-8 tank is perhaps just a hoax. Bit strange that there are few sources regarding this (compared to Object 279 which is another project that was never realized)

Yes - the first picture is a 1:1 scale model, is the only photo of this model that I could find. Just as you write the project was never realized, in contrast to the Russian prototype "Object 279". However, Chrysler TV-8 could be found in the game, because the project falls within the timeframe imposed by the creators - the beginning of a project year 1952, the end of 1956.

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I'd give money for this if nuclear powered, even if it suffered a catastrophic reactor imbalance on every 5th penetrating shot in the rear of the turret, just for the novelty value... or, I would have, until I saw the pictures. Just not quite what I imagined while I read the description... oh well...

Cheers for giving me hope for something not too silly :)


BTW, OT, Anybody noticed how Lowe seems a too futuristic design, with it's too rounded turret?

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LOLWOOT  :lol:

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I cant believe they built a mockup of the TV-8. It seems to sci fi to hae ever been built even up to a prototype. Of course, 5 of these as premiums in lakeville. Can you say "WIN!"

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UTO-unidentified tracked object...

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well

i know how the tank HORN is gonna sound of this tank




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Those guys at Chrysler sure had some really strange ideas.




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