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Tank Design

Concept design for a futuristic tank. I gave it hydraulic suspension and a vertically-launched missile system as its main weapon in order to keep its height as low as possible - 1.8 metres with the suspension fully lowered and the turret not deployed. This makes it harder to hit and transportable by shipping container. The gun turret can be raised up to fire from behind cover. It's powered by two large hydrogen fuel cells (mounted over the front tracks) driving twenty hub-mounted electric motors in the wheels. The large blue cannisters in the rear are hydrogen fuel tanks. The two crew don't have any windows but see vio VR headsets and backup flat-panel displays. All the driving and weapons controls are fully duplicated between the two crew stations in order to allow the most efficient division of tasks between the crew in a given tactical situation.
The missile system is in a self-contained module, containing 4x6 "Wolverine" surface-to-surface missiles, 4x5 "Storm" surface-to-air missiles, or any combination thereof. Missiles can be reloaded either individually, in 4- or 5-unit pods, or en masse with replacement of the entire module.
The weapons module itself can be replaced entirely with a railgun turret modue, a mortar, a passenger compartment carrying six troops, a command unit, or an ambulance unit.
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Can i see this tank with people inside?
A obvious problem is the clear lack of slope on this tank. Modern tanks such as the Abrams are highly sloped, making thinner armor highly more effective. The rounded design does offer some sort of slope protection, but not enough for a tank this size.
Chaosticket's avatar
1 well an obvious flaw would be Electronic and missile counter measures making this weapon totally ineffective. Its one of the reasons why attempts to switch to missile tanks during the 1960s didnt work.

2 Hydrogen fuel cells? that would be highly volatile.

3 the defense turret would need to higher mount rather than a stalk. being on a stalk gives it better view but would also reveal the vehicle's location and make the gun easier to destroy.

4 the armor doesnt look anywhere sufficient and aside from the single gun, defensive weapons are nil.

This vehicle does however look like it would be a highly effective mobile weapon, but not a "tank" either in form or function. The railgun turret module would make this close to a "tank destroyer", but it would still have defense and fuel issues.

this vehicle has far too little of its mass available for any-kind of transport. a commom M2 Bradley IFV carrier an autocannon, tows missiles, and infantry. This vehicle has to choose between either a heavy missile load, or a small transport bay.
This vehicle lacks the multiple weapon mounts for versatility for an IFV and the space to function as a dedicated Armored Personel Carrier.
CalebKane's avatar
What's the tanks role?
It kinda looks like a chimera to me...
Only 2 crewmembers to man that tank?

Seems implausible for such a tank.
And why is the turret telescopable and why do the tracks have a hydraulic suspension to raise and thus even more expose the tank to enemy fire?
And why are these liquid hydrogen tanks stored next to the missile siloes?
You do know that military hydrogen-driven vessels like Type 212 submarines use a metal hydrid storage and that the fuel cells are a means of secondary engine used for silent running and its main engine is a diesel engine?
Whar sense does a fuel cell engine make... in a tank?

Tanks are not exactly known for stealth...

This tank is a death trap, it doesn't even have anti-infantry packs attached!
Aseika's avatar
how curious a telescoping tank head. cool!
Part tank part DDG all awsome!
BrutalityInc's avatar
They'll just shoot the exposed tracks...
BO-7's avatar
Great drawing! Loads of detail and accuracy here. I bet you could build that tank tomorrow if you had the tools and technology was available. Gj!
Panzerfan93's avatar
when i first looked at this i thought: "this looks too cartoony" but then i looked closer and came to the conclusion that this is a really clever design
good job!
PeteriDish's avatar
hydrogen... damn. i wouldn't like to sit inside this when it gets a hit. that most be a big BOOOM when the H thingy explodes =D
pardon my joking. i really like this one, it's one of the very few tank concepts out there on deviantart that were made logically and not just for looks. i'm not saying it looks bad, it looks great actually!
all the better the prctical aspect it has. i really like you made it low in the first place, many other concepts don't even bother thinking about it... there is still something about the tracks which i am suspecious about. i think the reason why recent tanks have them the way they do has a reason, i mean those wheels above the ground, but i guess it's the different drivetrain and transmission that allows this arrangement, and, excavators have the track wheels in line, so it has to work after all... =) well done!
PaMaThreat's avatar
that is awesome
TrueEros's avatar
very awesome design, but when i saw the hydraulics it made me question its ability to survive landmines, a problem most tanks have trouble dealing with today...but either way it's an awesome design
davbla's avatar
Seriously convoluted, but for gaming purposes what the heck, its all for fun anyways.
olafanderson's avatar
I don't mean to rag on you but where is the main gun? There is no cannon.
zomzombie's avatar
super interesting
Rezec's avatar
dat's look interesting...
alphawolfgang's avatar
i recommend you give it a V hull. and a cage on the exterior or an anti rocket laser defense.

i like it. very moddable and looks very useful as an all round military asset. quick resupply and many different possibilities for the chassis.
Interesting vehicle that looks quite believable. There would a couple of things I'd change. Give it a three man crew (commander, gunner, driver) since I think anything more than a battlefield taxis is going to need a dedicated gunner (unless you're counting on some kind of AI). Also I'd lose the side door. It would be a weakpoint in the side armour (unless that armour is already really thin)

Still I like it.
VegaofTheBlackFlame's avatar
Not bad for a fighter, but you should erase the little "side note" about the steering modes. It's on caterpillar tracks and those have no need to turn to turn the vehicle; simply reverse one while the other keeps going forward and that beast will pop a 180 in a flash and will keep doing so until you return the other one to a forward motion. Back to the actual tank: as I said, it's only good for a fighter. With the size of it, you might be able to fit a couple troops in the back, but you couldn't use it as a command unit or medical unit. The amount of gear you'd have to have in any case would fill up such a small space and leave no room for occupants.
Tounushi's avatar
Cool design concept, but the doors (generally the sides of the crew cabin) look a little thin to me. Is this intentional? Certainly looks like this woun't fill the MBT niche. Certainly a hunter-killer, but no combat tank.
Xenoken's avatar
Just one HEAT round ^^
MalletMann's avatar
Isn't hydrogen highly flammable?
Other than that, a good design.
Tounushi's avatar
It's flammable only when hit. That's why this tank is so low. Same idea as with the T-72: one penetrating hit could ignite the ammo inside and BOOM.
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