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SHARKBITEATTACK #1 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 10:00

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HollywoodHulkHogan #2 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 10:02

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Giant Tank catapult.. duh...

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Tjerry #3 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 10:06

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Tier X arty

forbeshutton #4 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 10:51

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Tank washer.
It dunks the tank in a river a few times then beats it on a rock. Repeat until clean.

ket101 #5 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 10:58

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Tilting device, to test how far the tank can be tilted without rolling over.  That's my guess.  They have things like that for other vehicles, such as buses and 4WD's.

Tiger131ace #6 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 11:35

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8000mm karl gustav catapult, a masterpeace of german engeneering  :teethhappy:

vonkevin #7 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 13:39

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Automated spatula for flipping over TankPancakes.

US_3rd_Army #8 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 14:49

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View PostTjerry, on Mar 21 2013 - 10:06, said:

Tier X arty
^^^^^ :teethhappy:
You have reached your quota of positive votes for the day :sad:

lugzan #9 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 14:58

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maybe is a deep striking device for tanks

forbeshutton #10 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 15:39

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The Russians tried flying tanks.

The Germans as usual over-engineer everything.

Xlucine #11 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 18:42

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View Postket101, on Mar 21 2013 - 10:58, said:

Tilting device, to test how far the tank can be tilted without rolling over.  That's my guess.  They have things like that for other vehicles, such as buses and 4WD's.

I agree.

pwrup #12 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 18:51

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I suspect the platform is gymboled allowing this trailor to deliver a tank to say, an overpass while it remains in cover.  ???????? who knows.

EnsignExpendable #13 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 19:13

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View Postpwrup, on Mar 21 2013 - 18:51, said:

I suspect the platform is gymboled allowing this trailor to deliver a tank to say, an overpass while it remains in cover.  ???????? who knows.

You have a very strange view of what tank combat is like.

Arnim #14 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 19:14

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Helps German tanks angle their armor...

But seriously, must be some testing device for roll/stability.

Is that Leopard II on there?

carlm13 #15 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 22:24

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looking at the large wooden structure behind it im wondering if its an elaborate and over engineered loading and unloading device -- maybe to lift the tank on and off railway cars or transports? be interesting to know if the platform can rotate as well as lift up and down on the hydraulic ram

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View Postcarlm13, on Mar 21 2013 - 22:24, said:

looking at the large wooden structure behind it im wondering if its an elaborate and over engineered loading and unloading device -- maybe to lift the tank on and off railway cars or transports? be interesting to know if the platform can rotate as well as lift up and down on the hydraulic ram

There is no advantage of doing this over using a crane.

balmung60 #17 Posted Mar 21 2013 - 22:31

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That would be SCP-2041j, the Tankapult.

But seriously, it's for measuring radar reflections off the tank at various angles.

Xlucine #18 Posted Mar 22 2013 - 00:17

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View PostEnsignExpendable, on Mar 21 2013 - 19:13, said:

You have a very strange view of what tank combat is like.

It sounds like it'd be fun to watch though

View Postbalmung60, on Mar 21 2013 - 22:31, said:

But seriously, it's for measuring radar reflections off the tank at various angles.

Wouldn't it be easier to just move the radar, rather than the 60 tonne lump?

pwrup #19 Posted Mar 22 2013 - 02:05

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View Postket101, on Mar 21 2013 - 10:58, said:

Tilting device, to test how far the tank can be tilted without rolling over.  That's my guess.  They have things like that for other vehicles, such as buses and 4WD's.

Modern tanks are CAD engineered . Their center of gravity is calculated exactly before a prototype is even built. They do roll testing for vehicles that carry civilians and for vehicles that actually have a chance of rolling over and they are done at speed. Why test for rollover in the field? This is obviously a field trailer of some sort.  Heavy equipment trailer's rear wheels remove for loading and off loading . Here we see no wheels which is appropriate,  but the hook is there; it is a trailer. Probably a prototype itself;why would a regular service trailer need timber to load a tank. did they lose the ramps?? I believe It is an articulating load  elavating trailer prototype that allows tanks to be loaded and unloaded in unusual circumstances. Someone else suggested rail cars. After that I would love to know the truth.

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View PostXlucine, on Mar 22 2013 - 00:17, said:

Wouldn't it be easier to just move the radar, rather than the 60 tonne lump?
I'm guessing it has something to do with either the radar testing stuff being more fragile than the tank or the radar testing stuff being bolted to the ground. I'm not an expert, but maybe the radar stuff needs to be recalibrated when you move it like that. Or maybe it's just more accurate this way.





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