"In landing operations, retreat is impossible, to surrender is as ignoble as it is foolish. above all else remember that we as attackers have the initiative, we know exactly what we are going to do, while the enemy is ignorant of our intentions and can only parry our blows. We must retain this tremendous advantage by always attacking rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, and without rest." - General George S. Patton, Jr.
The SK-105 Kürassier is an Austrian light tank armed with a rifled 105 mm gun in an oscillating turret. It is estimated that over 700 have been produced. The SK-105 was developed by Saurer-Werk (now Steyr-Daimler-Puch) to meet the Austrian Army's operational requirement for a mobile anti-tank vehicle. The first prototype was ready in 1967 and delivery of pre-production vehicles commenced in 1971.
The SK-105 is based on a heavily modified Saurer APC. The hull of the SK 105 is welded steel and is divided into three compartments: driver's at the front, fighting in the center and the engine at the rear. Due to its low weight the SK-105 can be transported by C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. The turret of the SK-105 is based on a French design, developed for the AMX-13. Its gun can penetrate 360 mm of armor. Front armor protects the crew from 20mm armor-piercing rounds over its frontal arc, while all-round protection is against small arms bullets only. Add-on armor on the front part of the chassis and turret is available as an option which provides protection against 35 mm APDS rounds at a flank arc. Some export vehicles were fitted with add-on armor.
Type Light tank
Place of origin Austria
Weight 17.7 tonnes (19.5 short tons; 17.4 long tons)
Length 5.58 metres (18 ft 4 in)
7.76 metres (25 ft 6 in) w/ main gun
Width 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in)
Height 2.88 metres (9 ft 5 in)
Armor 40 millimetres (1.6 in) (maximum) 8 millimetres (0.31 in) (base)
armament 105 mm rifled gun
armament 7.62 mm co-axial
Engine Steyr 7FA / 6 cylinder
238kW diesel engine
320 hp (238 kW)
Suspension torsion bar, 5 road wheels
range 500 kilometres (310 mi)
Speed 70 km/h (43 mph)