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In 1952 the US Army started its own Army Nuclear Power Program and developed Army Package Power Reactors - these were self-contained mobile nuclear power-packs. Then they proposed other nuclear powered vehicles, such as tanks and APCs. Chrysler proposed a nuclear tank concept as well, but I have nothing about that. One Army Ordanance concept I found was the TV-1...



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THe Russians and Germans developed nuclear armored vehicles as well. As for the Chrysler proposal you mentioned, it was designated the TV-8 and had an unusual looking turret, with a T208 90mm gun and a hydraulic ramming device.



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wouldent that be kind of dangerouse, i mean if two of them got in a fight in under 1000 yards, the tank which got shot would go BOOM and kill the other tank and irradiate a large area around it



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This is the best picture I can find of the Chrysler TV-8 nuclear tank.



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Ah, wonderful photo. Thank you.



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-_--Stride--_- wrote:

In 1952 the US Army started its own Army Nuclear Power Program and developed Army Package Power Reactors - these were self-contained mobile nuclear power-packs. Then they proposed other nuclear powered vehicles, such as tanks and APCs. Chrysler proposed a nuclear tank concept as well, but I have nothing about that. One Army Ordanance concept I found was the TV-1...


 

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From Matej:

Soviets built mobile nuclear powerplant called TES-Z (or object 27) on T-10 tank gear. However gear was longer compared to T-10 and had wider chains. It was manufactured in Kirovsk factory with help of "Laboratory V" or better to said Russian nuclear scientific center in Obninsk. Overal weignt was about 90 tons and output power 1,5 MW. One prototype was manufactured and from 1960 rarely used.

Thanx to one my friend, now we have also picture.



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From Flateric:

Subsequent to the ASTRON meeting on 17-18 May,
Chrysler Corporation presented a separate proposal for an
unusual tank designated as the TV-8. This design located
the entire crew, armament, and power plant in a pod shaped
turret mounted above a lightweight chassis. The total weight
was estimated to be 25 tons with about 15 tons in the turret
and 10 tons in the chassis. The two were separable for
shipment by air.
The TV-8 was armed with the 90mm gun T208 rigidly
mounted in the turret and fitted with an hydraulic ramming
device. The 90mm ammunition stowage was in the rear
of the turret separated from the crew by a steel bulkhead.
Secondary armament consisted of two coaxial .30 caliber
machine guns and one remote controlled .50 caliber
machine gun on the turret top operated by the tank commander.
Closed circuit television was provided to protect
the crew from the flash of tactical nuclear weapons and
to increase the field of vision.
On the phase I TV-8, a Chrysler V-8 engine developing
300 gross horsepower was coupled to an electric generator
in the rear of the turret. This generator supplied power
to the two electric motors in the front hull. One motor drove
each of the two 28 inch wide tracks. Other power plants
were considered for later development including a gas turbine
electric drive, a vapor cycle power plant with hydrocarbon
fuels, and finally a vapor cycle power plant with nuclear
fuel. The fuel tanks for the phase I vehicle were located
in the hull separating them from the crew in the turret.
Space was provided in the heavily armored inner turret
for a crew of four, although only two were required
to operate the tank, the gunner and the driver. These two
were located in the front at the right and left of the cannon
respectively. The driver could operate fully protected
inside the turret or with his head and shoulders exposed
above the roof. The tank commander was at the right rear
with the loader on his left. The heavily armored inner turret
was surrounded by a light outer shell that gave the turret
its podlike appearance. This shell was watertight creating
sufficient displacement to allow the vehicle to float. Propulsion
in the water was by means of a water jet pump installed
in the bottom rear of the turret. The outer turret shell was
of sufficient thickness to detonate shaped charge rounds
and it acted as spaced armor to help protect the inner turret.
The turret was supported by an assembly which rotated
in a ring in the hull roof and it was moved in elevation
by two large hydraulic cylinders. The TV-8 was 352 inches
long with the gun forward, 134 inches wide, and 115 inches
high over the remote controlled machine gun.
The three ASTRON proposals, as well as the TV-8
design, were reviewed and it was concluded that they did
not offer sufficient advantages over the conventional
medium gun tank to justify further development. This was
confirmed by OTCM 36225, dated 23 April 1956, which
terminated the ASTRON program. However, the OTCM
indicated that consideration would be given to the novel
features of the ASTRON proposals and the TV-8 in the
design of future tanks.



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Also:

The ASTRON Wasp proposal also appeared in Questionmark
IV under the designation R-31. Concept R-32
presented a design for a nuclear powered tank. This vehicle
was lighter in weight than previous OTAC nuclear
powered studies and it was proposed as a possible replacement
for the M48 tank series. Armed with the modified
90mm T208 gun, its estimated weight was 50 tons. Powered
by a turbine using a nuclear reactor as a heat source, the
estimated range of the R-32 was 4000+ miles. Armor on
the front equaled 4.8 inches at 60 degrees from the vertical
and the overall length of the tank with the gun forward
was 220 inches. Obviously, such a tank would have been
extremely expensive and the radiation hazard would have
required crew changes at periodic intervals



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TMK-2 wrote:

THe Russians and Germans developed nuclear armored vehicles as well. As for the Chrysler proposal you mentioned, it was designated the TV-8 and had an unusual looking turret, with a T208 90mm gun and a hydraulic ramming device.


 

From Matej, his drawing of the TV-8 and an illustration demonstrating the fat turret's use as a flotation device:



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Also from Matej:



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Stingray wrote:
TMK-2 wrote:

THe Russians and Germans developed nuclear armored vehicles as well. As for the Chrysler proposal you mentioned, it was designated the TV-8 and had an unusual looking turret, with a T208 90mm gun and a hydraulic ramming device.


 

From Matej, his drawing of the TV-8 and an illustration demonstrating the fat turret's use as a flotation device:


 

That Chrysler design is so ugly! That Soviet mobile powerplant ain't pretty either.



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Stingray wrote:
TMK-2 wrote:

THe Russians and Germans developed nuclear armored vehicles as well. As for the Chrysler proposal you mentioned, it was designated the TV-8 and had an unusual looking turret, with a T208 90mm gun and a hydraulic ramming device.


 

From Matej, his drawing of the TV-8 and an illustration demonstrating the fat turret's use as a flotation device:


 

Sorry for useless post, but why this still cracks me up I'll never truly understand. XD



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