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Tank Design by Bristow-Bailey Tank Design by Bristow-Bailey
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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green6644 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
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.
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Chaosticket Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
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.
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CalebKane Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
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!
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Aseika Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how curious a telescoping tank head. cool!
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Tulsatrash Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Part tank part DDG all awsome!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
They'll just shoot the exposed tracks...
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BO-7 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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!
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Panzerfan93 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
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!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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PaMaThreat Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is awesome
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