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09 December 2013

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What about some parachuting Tankettes?
German Army has an armoured vehicle category that fits inside CH-53: The Wiesel Armoured Weapons Carrier.

Weight of Wiesel 1 is about 3 tonnes and length less than 4 m (12 ft). Wiesel 1 is equipped with TOW missiles or 20 mm cannon (AP/HE).

The slightly bigger Wiesel 2 weights less than 5 tonnes. Wiesel 2 is in service as light air defense system (Stinger/IRIS-T) and 120 mm armoured mortar system (gunner protected).

Tracked driving pleasure up to 50 mph: http://youtu.be/D4OTszqbWtQ
(Power to weight ratio just like a main battle tank)

Tank commander-gunner in following video is also paratrooper: http://youtu.be/KNkcHAzAbeY

http://www.military-today.com/apc/wiesel_1.htm
http://youtu.be/sm9tjddIp18

MHalblaub: The Wiesel may be called a tankette, but it has no airdrop capability.

If they are considering the ASCOD or CV90, they might as well look at a 105mm armed Bradley. They are all in roughly the same weight class (too big for a C130), and we wouldn't have to introduce a new chassis.

The Army has airdropped a Stryker MGS representative load, IIRC. So it could be an off-the-shelf option that fits within existing procurements.

Gentlemen: I take the point about the Wiesel, but the US Army's notion for this concept is much larger. The Army wants a big gun on the vehicle. It's also reasonable to speculate about what BAE Systems in the US might want to propose with a Bradley, but I've not seen anything so far.

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