The SK-105 Kürassier is an Austrian light tank The Küirassier is basically a Jagdpanzer chassis armed with a rifled 105 mm gun in an oscillating turret. It is estimated that over 700 SK-105 have been produced.
History[edit | edit source]
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. 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.
This vehicle is specifically designed for mountain terrain and has an improved climbing ability compared to heavier main battle tanks.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- SK-105 A1
- SK-105 A2
- Greif armored recovery vehicle
- Pionier engineering vehicle
- SK-105 driver training vehicle
- Patágon: A SK-105 chassis with an AMX-13 cannon
Users[edit | edit source]
- Argentina, 118
- Austria, 286
- Bolivia, 54
- Botswana, 34
- Brazil, 17 (Brazilian Marine Corps)
- Morocco, 120
- ''Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic'', 4 (Captured from Morocco in the Western Sahara War)
- Tunisia, 42
Specifications[edit | edit source]
- Maximum speed: 70 km / h.
- Maximum Range : 520 km
- Engine: A Steyr 7FA turbodiesel engine that develops 320 Hp of power
- Weight: 17.5 Tons.
- Length: 7.76 m.
- Width: 2.5 m
- Height: 2.6
- Crew: 3.
- Front tilt : 75
- Tilt transvesal : 40
- Passing ford : 1.0 m
- vertical obstacle : 0.80 m.
- Trench : 2.4 m
- Armament: A 105G1 cannon of 105 mm, a FN MAG coaxial machine gun 1x 7.62 X51 mm cal machine gun and an M- 2HB .50 cal (12.7 mm), six smoke grenades.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- Technical data sheet and pictures SK-105 from ArmyRecognition.com
- Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH, manufacturer of the SK-105 Kurassier
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