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A very nice little light tank.

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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
Production history
Manufacturer Saurer-Werk
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)
Crew 3
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)

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