I thought we're speaking about the '60s, right? HEAT from 122 mm would be attractive even today.
Yes, '60s. Problem with HEAT is that other then 250 BK-5/5M acquired with T-54s and mostly used for testings no other HEAT ammo was actually available until 1969. and local production of improved BK-5M as M69...
Imagine the next version with 125 mm. If they squeezed 122 mm in Sherman, 125 mm (with separate ammo) could be made to work as well. Engines, transmissions and suspensions would be in terrible condition by then, though.
No way to cope with recoil, Soviets had to make test stand for 125mm from 203mm howitzer carriage, they could not use previous that was based on ML-20/A-19 carriage...
I was under impression that even SU-100 was not as available as T-34.
65 were acquired, enough for 4 Bdes (12 vehicle Bde SP-gun group) and training vehicles, which was a minimum quantity Soviets required for us to acquire...
Hack, the majority of T-55 came in the '70s... I know, M320 was far from the execution, but by relying on e.g. the French, a help in casting technology (e.g.barrels) could be expected.
Doubt that French would help, they were deep in Europanzer project* at that moment. I know that at one moment we wanted to get new gun that French were developing (105mm F1), but French flat out refused and then required that we first acquire AMX-13s (that were already tested and found wanting).
What about M48? Was it tested and found better than T55?
No, idea predated acquisition of T-54/55, technical delegation was sent to US in IIRC 1955. Team was generally satisfied, with main problems being that tank was expensive, US did not have a lot available to spare (and insisted on us getting more M47 first) and fuel consummation was horrible. Talks prolonged then were suspended in 1957. and finally T-54s (later T-55s) were acquired.
Where was that picture from? It shows the tank pretty well, especially the size of the gun and modified turret...
Found it on WoT livejournal community, one of developers credited it to Predrag Popovic, librarian from Senta who sent it to them. I found additional data by asking some contacts.
*Which M-320 quite resembles actually... I would have to check but it is quite possible there was technical delegation in France when whole Europanzer project was being developed. Quite possible they hoped we would purchase it once it was finished (they sure tried to sell us AMX-30 later).
Edited by bojan, 12 September 2012 - 0926 AM.