The double gunned Leopard.
In the early 1960's there was a joint German-American project to design and built a new main battle tank capable of going up against the newest tanks of the USSR, mainly the T-62 and T-64. However by the end of the decade Germany withdrew due to budget concerns, and the chassis built for the prototype were put to another use.
In the early 70's, Maschinenbau Kiel were tasked with mounting two 105mm guns on a turretless MBT-70 hull, the result was codenamed the VT tank. The VT 1-2 is the second vehicle of the program.
The main feature of the VT 1-2 is the twin 120mm smoothbore guns (upgraded from 105mm from the first vehicle). Each gun has a six round automatic loaders, reducing the crew to three men and increasing rate of fire to 10-12 rounds a minute from both guns. A new and more powerful engine was also fitted compared to its predecessor. An MTU turbo diesel providing a sustained 1500hp or a maximum burst of 2400hp. Suspension was hydropneumatic, presumably adjustable to provide elevation for the guns in similar fashion to the Swedish Strv.103.
Two vehicles were built, the original VT 1-1 and the upgraded VT 1-2, although after trials they proved to be lacking, and offering no real advantages over the newly designed Leopard 2. It also proved to be too difficult to incorporate into existing tactics, although it did show that a turretless twin gun tank could be realistically built.
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