ASCOD (Austrian Spanish Cooperation Development) is a collaboration between Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG of Austria and Santa Bárbara Sistemas of Spain, both now divisions of General Dynamics. This collaboration was born for the production of new armored fighting vehicles to replace the old vehicles of the Austrian and Spanish armies, over time these productions have aroused the interest of other countries by giving birth to new collaborations. During Eurosatory 2018, General Dynamics European Land Systems presented a new variant of the ASCOD 2, with the ASCOD 2 MMBT main medium tank, with a gross vehicle weight of 42 tons, is equipped with the Italian Leonardo Defense Systems HITFACT 120mm turret. This is also armed with a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun, another pintle-mounted 7.62mm and a 12.7mm remote gun emplacement on the roof. The 120mm smoothbore gun is coupled to a computerized fire control system, with the commander and gunner equipped with stabilized day/thermal sights incorporating a laser rangefinder. The engine is respectable, it is made up of a MTU V8 199 T21 twin-turbocharged Diesel engine which develops a power of 820hp which allows the vehicle to reach 70km/h, the Renk HSWL 256 transmission is also remarkable with 6 forward gears and 6 reverse gears.The ballistic protection is of a high standard for the weight of 42 tons, due to its low weight it has aroused interest especially in Far Eastern countries whose operating environment puts a strain on MBTs of 60 to 70 tons. Sure this vehicle would be a lot of fun to play in War Thunder maps, I hope it will be added very soon.
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