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Panzerkanone 68
Panzerkannone 68 side view
A preserved Panzerkanone 68
Type Self-propelled artillery
Place of origin   Switzerland
Service history
In service 1972-1975
Used by Switzerland
Production history
Designed 1966
Manufacturer Eidgenössische Konstruktionswerkstätte Thun
Produced 1972-1975
Number built 4
Specifications
Weight 47.0 tonnes
Length with gun12.40 m (40.7 ft), without gun 7.00 m (22.97 ft)
Width 3.50 m (11.5 ft)
Height 3.20 m (10.5 ft)
Crew 5

Armour up to 120 mm RHA
Primary
armament
155mm gun, 34 grenades[Clarification needed]
Secondary
armament
1 Mg = 7.5 mm 51, 3000 shot, Nbw 6 x 51 8 cm, 12 Smoke Cartridges 51[Clarification needed]
Engine 8 cylinder V90° engine four stroke MTU MB 837 Ba-500 auxiliary motor 4 cylinder engine Mercedes Benz OM 636
660 hp, 38 hp
Power/weight 12.3 kW/T
Suspension torsion bar
Ground clearance 400 mm
Operational
range
street 300 km (190 mi), off-road 180 km (110 mi)
Speed 55.5 km/h (34.5 mph)

The Panzerkanone 68 ("Armoured gun 68") is a Swiss self-propelled gun produced by the Eidgenoessische Konstruktionswerkstaette (Federal Manufacturing Works) to meet a Swiss Army requirement. It was only manufactured in small numbers and saw only limited service with the Swiss military.

History and Development[]

The manufacture of a self-propelled gun was being considered in Switzerland in the mid-1950s. Studies were developed by the Group on Arms Services (GRD) and Eidgenoessische Konstruktionswerkstaette . Real development began in 1966 with the mounting of a 15 mm[Clarification needed] gun 42[Clarification needed] on a Panzer 61 chassis. Subsequently, four vehicles were built on Panzer 68 chassis. These possessed a 155 mm (6.10 in) tank gun, with a range of not more than 30 km (19 mi) and had a rate of fire of 6 rounds per minute with automatic loading.

Due to technical and financial problems, the project was never pursued. The Swiss Army procured the American M109 howitzer instead. The four vehicles were used experimentally from 1972 to 1975. Two vehicles are preserved; one at the Panzermuseum Thun, the other one at the Schweizerische Militärmuseum Full.

External links[]

References[]

  • Heller, Urs: Die Panzer der Schweizer Armee von 1920 bis 2008
  • Schweizerische Militärmuseum Full

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