By T. J. O'Malley
One hundred forty four pages, unique line drawings, b/w images, thesaurus. offers an illustrated examine many of the struggling with automobiles used world wide as we speak with up-to date (1996) details with complete specification and operational info.
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62 mm MG Variants: SKOT, SKOT-2, SKOT-2A, SKOT-2AP - also, see text The large and bulky SKOT (OT-64) APC, seen here in Czech Army service. Fahd APC The Fahd wheeled APC was developed in response to an Egyptian Army requirement by Thyssen Henschel of Germany with the prototypes being manufactured in Germany. Thereafter production switched to state-owned factories in Egypt, from 1985 onwards, where the Fahd gradually replaced a whole host of older APC types in service, The Fahd is essentially a box-type armoured steel body built onto the chassis of a Mercedes-Benz 1117/32 4 x 4 truck, with extensive use being made of readily available commercial components, where possible.
Others include the AMX-10 SAO and VAO which are intended for forward artillery observation, with the AMX-10 SAT for artiUery survey The AMX-10 TM tows a 120 mm mortar and carries the crew, plus some ammunition; this variant retains the 20 mm cannon. One type of AMX-1 OP carries a battlefield surveillance radar. 62mmMG Variants: AMX-10P HOT, AMX-10P PAG 90, etc - also, see text The AMX-1 OP IFV armed with an externally-mounted 20 mm cannon.
The road wheels are also small while the tracks are only 230 mm wide. The hull is bulky to render the vehicle amphibious but the hull space behind the turret is sufficient for only three personnel. Two more are seated each side of the driver while the turret houses only the gunner. The 73 mm gun has a coaxial 7,62 mm MG while two more 7,62 mm MGs are fixed for firing from the front hull; a 30 mm grenade launcher on a ground mounting is also carried as standard, On the BDM-2 the 73 mm gun is replaced by a 30 mm cannon; from 1990 BMD-1 ACV onwards a new BDM-3 has appeared but is a new design overall.