Heavy tanks comparable to the US’ M103 (pictured right here), although formidable, might be unwieldy, although they had been additionally awe-inspiring powerhouses that commanded respect. In 1957, the Soviet Union’s Leningrad Kirov Plant set about creating maybe probably the most intimidating idea for such a automobile ever devised. Object 279, at round 60 tons in weight, completely put the heavy in heavy tank.
With armored plating round 11 inches thick, the idea for Object 279 was seemingly targeted on one factor: frontal assaults. It was well-equipped to make them, too, boasting night time imaginative and prescient, infrared focusing on, a 130mm M-65 and a singular defensive design that might have enabled it to soak up enemy blasts via each armor thickness and its explicit form. The crew inside additionally had entry to defenses towards nuclear assault.
Moreover, its unorthodox association of treads might have helped it overcome that conventional weak spot of the standard tank: troublesome terrain. Muddy floor can simply render tanks all however ineffective, trapped within the mire by their treads, however the colossal Object 279 might not have been as susceptible to this. It was positioned on distinctive beams and, working as two pairs of two, the 4 treads doubtless may have stored it from sinking into the bottom.
Theoretically, at the very least, Object 279 had the potential to be probably the most distinctive and formidable (offensively and defensively) heavy tanks ever fielded. Its solely challenge was that heavy tanks had been coming to the tip of their sensible lifespan because it was being developed.