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Tango0111 Dec 2017 10:16 p.m. PST

…It Can Swim.

"The vehicle entered production in 1951 as the PT-76, named after the rifled 76-millimeter D-56 gun in the turret, which had the same caliber and barrel length as the F34 gun on World War II T-34 tanks. However, the D-56 could use more powerful ammunition. While most of the 40 onboard shells were high explosives or armor piercing shells that could penetrate 100 to 127 millimeters of armor, later PT-76s received special low-velocity BK-350M shaped-charge HEAT rounds that could penetrate 200 to 280 millimeters. These could threaten the heavier tanks of the era, though only at short range.

The PT-76 seems like a minor oddity of the Cold War  a Soviet amphibious light tank with thin armor and an unimpressive gun. Certainly it seemed bound for rough treatment on modern battlefields full of heavy weapons and heavier tanks…"
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Armand

Caedite Eos12 Dec 2017 3:41 a.m. PST

What's this doing in Ultramodern?

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2017 4:46 a.m. PST

Wikipedia lists 22 countries as current operators of the vehicle.

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Caedite Eos12 Dec 2017 6:58 a.m. PST

Looking at the list of operators and the age of the purchases you can probably count the number of units running on one hand.

Tango0112 Dec 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

(smile)

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Armand

ScoutJock12 Dec 2017 2:50 p.m. PST

The M551 Sheriden could swim too.

Once anyway. As long as the flotation screen was intact.

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