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Author:  SPAD [ 17 Mar 2018, 06:44 ]
Post subject:  Getting onto / into a tank:

So here is a silly question: how do modern tank crews get on top of their tanks in a somewhat dignified way, i.e. without a running start or treating it as a climbing wall?

The Centurion had what I assume are "foot holes" on the sides, and these have been retained in the various Olifant upgrades.

But I do not see any such niceties on an M1 or Challenger. So how do they do it?

Author:  Ferdie [ 17 Mar 2018, 20:34 ]
Post subject:  Re: Getting onto / into a tank:

Get inside through the doors and then through the lookout hatches on top.

Author:  Roger the Dodger [ 17 Mar 2018, 21:10 ]
Post subject:  Re: Getting onto / into a tank:

Ferdie wrote:
Get inside through the doors and then through the lookout hatches on top.

Where are the doors?

Author:  atc1225 [ 19 Mar 2018, 09:48 ]
Post subject:  Re: Getting onto / into a tank:

Well on the Leopard and likes, there are foot steps incorporated on the road wheel skirts or plates that cover the tracks.

Pierre

Author:  Shirai [ 29 Mar 2018, 10:08 ]
Post subject:  Re: Getting onto / into a tank:

I'll throw my 10 cents here.

Funny thing is that there is absolutely no way climb onto T-90 in a dignified way.
Driver has to climb up upper frontal plate in order to get to his hatch, two other crewmen are forced to climb up the side of the tank close to its rear (grabbing whatever they can grab to help themselves) and then climb up to the turret, grabbing special handles on top of it. Overall this is quite tiresome.

There is slightly more improvements on T-14 Armata, throug. Crew now has to climb up sides in the frontal part of the vehicle and special props have been added that helps climing up easier. Aside from the fact that there are only two crew hatches in T-14 for three crew members.

Author:  gregair [ 14 Apr 2018, 16:44 ]
Post subject:  Re: Getting onto / into a tank:

As Olifant Mk1, Mk1A and Mk1B crew in the 80's, we didn't often use the side plate "steps", we generally climbed up onto the front hull armour plate which is lower than the rest and easier to access

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