Concept tank The futuristic look was first shown several years ago. And the work is in full swing. However, there are rumors that a fully functional version may be ready in 2016. This article does not claim to be a detailed technical description of the conceptual model, let's just admire the creation of Polish engineering - the concept tank PL-01.
PL-01 is a Polish armored fighting vehicle based on the Swedish light tank CV90 / 120-T, created by OBRUM with the support of the British BAE Systems.
The concept tank PL-01 is developed jointly by the Polish company Obrum and the British company BAE Systems. Development began in 2013. The layout of the new tank was first shown to the public in the same year. Currently, this tank is only a technological demonstration model. A fully functional prototype machine must be made in 2016 year. This tank is designed to meet the possible needs of the Polish army. Some sources have reported that this tank could enter service in the 2018 year. Currently, the Polish army operates around 900 main battle tanks, including the PT-91 Twardy and Leopard 2. Also on long-term storage are about 400 OBT T-72. After the start of serial production, the PL-01 tank will also be offered to foreign customers.
The main weapon of the new PL-01 tank is the 105 caliber mm or 120 mm gun installed in an uninhabited turret in accordance with NATO standards. The gun will be capable of firing both conventional ammunition and anti-tank guided missiles. Automatic loader provides a rate of 6 shots per minute. Combat is 45 shots, of which 16 ready for firing shells are placed in the slots inside the tower, the remaining ammunition stacked inside the chassis. The tank is also armed with an 7,62-mm machine gun UKM-2000C with 1000 ammunition ammunition.
In the remotely controlled combat module can be installed various weapons systems and protection. At the moment, the project provides for the installation of 7,62-mm or 12,7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher with 750 ammunition caliber 7,62 mm, 400 caliber 12,7 mm or 96 grenade 40 mm. An active defense system was also installed to intercept missiles, and smoke grenade launchers are built into the tower.