I found recently (while looking
for other vehicles) a new project (quite interesting actually) that
could fit the tier 10 TD slot in the incoming EU tree. Introducing:
MOWAG Taifun prototype
The Swiss company called MOWAG is not a newbie on the field of weaponry. In the 60's, it competed for the German Marder IVF program
with its own prototype and later it built several prototypes for the
German Kanonenjagdpanzer program. From there on, the company used its
considerable experience in creating a line of light tank destroyer
designs - the Gepard and the Taifun. The Gepard (looked a lot like the
German Kanonenjagdpanzer) was not successful in entering the service and neither was the other similiar project, the Tornado (designed as an IFV). The development
of both was privately funded, because the company expected Switzerland
to start replacing the old AMX-13 tanks (classified in Switzerland as
TD's) and the US M113 APC's. In the end, only a pre-prototype
(functional model) was completed and the vehicle never entered service.
It can be regarded as one of the last real tank destroyers and most
likely (along with the S-Tank) one of the last turretless "oldschool" Jagdpanzers.
The Taifun was basically a development of the Gepard
(Tornado) chassis. It was a very light vehicle - its armor (50mm?)
protected the 4-man crew basically only from HE shell fragments and from
light autocannon fire (it could withstand only 25mm shells however).
The armament consisted of the classic 105mm L7 clone (however, an
upgrade to the Rheinmetall 120mm L/55 was considered - not an option for
WoT though). The considered turbocharged dieselengine was a 575hp Detroit Diesel 8V-71T - the same to be fitted to the ill-fated Tornado IFV. Combined with the light chassis (estimated 25-30 tons), this vehicle could move fast. Real fast.
In World of Tanks?
As you can see, this vehicle looks badass. It's like the ultimate Jagdpanzer IV on steroids. And crack. And
heroin. While the project itself was developed in late 70's (yes yes, I
see you all rising your eyebrows now), its roots actually run into early
60's. The chassis is old - it's basically the same (although modified) chassis used for the 60's Tornado
- and that's not so bad. The armor is obviously very thin (think
30-50mm), but - as mentioned above - the vehicle is very light and has a
very powerful engine, therefore it will be fast. Really fast. Cca 70
km/h on the road is expected and that's just the "basic" powerpack. With
upgrades, it could be the tier 10 Hellcat-meets-Jagdpanzer. The main
gun is adequate - the ubiquitous L7 is already in the game and despite the fact it would be fitted with advanced sights and other 80's thingies in real life, one can easily imagine
this vehicle having Leopard 1-grade optics. Naturally, in order not to
get oneshotted by pretty much anything, the suspension would have to be
really nimble, which is actually something totally new - we don't have
that in the tier 10 TD vehicles.
Armor: 30-50mm (estimated)
Weapon: 105mm (L7 clone?)
Ammo: estimated 50 rounds
Speed: cca 70km/h
Weight: estimated 25-30 tons
Powerplant: Detroit Diesel 8V-71T, 575hp