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by Woodwind
Mon 23 Nov 2015 00:47
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

I am still "around" as it were - but I am not a regular visitor to the site. That said, how can I help ?
by Woodwind
Fri 24 Jan 2014 21:31
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

The gun could not go higher as it made the overall vehicle too high - if you take the max depression and then see where the roof has to be to accommodate the top rear edge of the breech block on full recoil , it would have raised the overall height by too much. Part of a TD's strength is that it has...
by Woodwind
Fri 24 Jan 2014 19:53
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

I understand your question now. No - I do not think that was ever the intention. I believe that the timescale of the transition to war (TTW) would have been far too rapid to consider that sort of response. I doubt that we would have had time to even get our UK-based forces across and into position b...
by Woodwind
Fri 24 Jan 2014 17:17
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

As far as the bigger picture was concerned, we did not have to look at or justify the vehicle on a whole life cost basis - other than to consider how we could make the best use of the existing Chieftain fleet by providing a low-cost TD variant. Given that the assumption was the the tanks were reachi...
by Woodwind
Fri 24 Jan 2014 13:10
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

then unfortunately it is not designed like the strv 103 able to move up and down and rotate to traverse the gun :D No - the Chimera was not an S-tank design. The S-tank (as we called it in the UK), has a very low "L over C ratio" - that is to say, the ratio of the track length on the grou...
by Woodwind
Fri 24 Jan 2014 11:33
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

We thought long and hard about the possibility of a mantlet but always cameup against the problem of weight and gaps. Chobham is not going to solve the problem of how to fill the gaps. It is also heavy. The only way I would see anything being done (and it is a partial solution which we were not awar...
by Woodwind
Fri 24 Jan 2014 01:31
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

You cannot cover the gap and allow for full elevation and depression. The 15 degree traverse each way would also present problems. If the cover is to be sensible it has to match the rest of the frontal 60 degree arc protection levels - which would make it very, very heavy and the gun kit would proba...
by Woodwind
Thu 23 Jan 2014 23:22
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

No - it was supposed to be a space for some new version of Chobham - or simply a big lump of steel to protect the side of the fighting compartment that would be exposed in a typical fire position. We were not really into ERA at that time. The background scenery gives a bit of a feel for the strategi...
by Woodwind
Wed 22 Jan 2014 13:39
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

The L30 would have of course gone on to be fully developed and is used in the Chall 2 today. Part of the costing assessment looked at crewing by reservists as there was no way we were going to be able to propose raising several more regular armoured regiments to man these vehicles. The three-man cre...
by Woodwind
Wed 22 Jan 2014 11:49
Forum: Wargame : AirLand Battle
Topic: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)
Replies: 73
Views: 12224

Re: On Chimera again ... (designer's notes)

Sorry - at some point I meant to say in that last sentence. Though a pint also sounds good!

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