M41DK-1 at an exercise near Oksbøl
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In the years after the Second World War several NATO nations got extensive help from the US in forms of military equipment. One of these nations was Denmark who recieved many different vehicles and planes to build up a defences force against the enemy USSR. The very last ground vehicle Denmark got for free through the military aid was the M41 Walker Bulldog. in 1962 53 tanks were delivered and put into service.
Jump foward to the 80s. The M41 was still in service, however, it was becomming rather out-dated and was very much in need of an upgrade. It was then decided to upgrade the M41 to extend its service life to well into the 90s. The trials started in the mid 80s.
After trials with prototype vehicles repowered by Falck Schmidt in Denmark, NAPCO International in the US and FFG in Germany, the first power pack was selected by the Danish Army.
In addition to the installation of a new diesel power pack, which increases the range of action as well as being more reliable, many other modifications were incorporated to improve its fighting capability and battlefield survivability.
A total of 53 M41 light tanks was upgraded to the new standard, called the M41 DK-1, with final deliveries being made in 1988.
The overall layout of the M41 vehiclewas not changed but some 70 improvements had been carried out. These included the replacement of the original petrol engine with a more fuel-efficient US Cummins VTA-903T diesel developing 465 hp (similar to that in the Bradley); installation of four forward-firing grenade dischargers either side of the turret (as already fitted to the Danish Leopard 1); installation of an NBC system in the turret bustle; a fire detection and suppression system; new battery installation; improved internal layout; redesigned stowage rack and bins; a heater; a new DISA 7.62 mm anti-aircraft machine gun mount on the turret roof in place of the 12.7 mm M2 MG; installation of side skirts similar to those on the Leopard 1; new electric gun controls, a thermal night vision system for the gunner with an integrated laser range-finder; a halogen searchlight mounted on the gun mantlet; a night vision periscope for the driver; and night vision goggles for the commander. A scavenger system was fitted for the 76 mm gun breech and 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.
Prior to the completion of the modernisation programme, the Danish Army had already taken delivery of a new AAl-developed 76 mm APFSDS-T round which had a significant increase in armour penetration characteristics over the existing ammunition.
The M41DK-1 was in many regards a completely new tank. Especially the thermal sight and laser rangerfinder for the gunner was a big improvement, and would certainly be so in Warthunder too. The same goes for the NV-periscope for the comander.
In regards to the new ammuniton, I have had a hard time to find actual balistics for it. However, I have found mentions on several official sites that states it were such an improvement that it was equal or better at fighting enemy armour to the Centurion that also was in Danish service at the time. My guess is that the performance is rather similar to the dart fired by the OTOMATIC. I have contacted the Danish Pansermuseum and are awaiting to hopefully get some propper stats on it.
M41DK-1 at Aalborg Forsvars- og Garnisonsmuseum
Regarding a proposed BR I am a bit on the loose here. As it is a very fast and light armoured vehicle with a hull performance of 6.0 (current M41 BR) yet with a very deadly round that performs around 8.7 and with thermals equal to 9.0 + I would suppose a BR of 8.3 and maybe even 8.7 as a more dedicated scout vehicle. Yet, it lacks a stabelizer which I think warrants the BR of 8.3.
Lets be real here, this beast belongs in a Kalmar Union tree. However, if we are only going to see a Swedish tree it would make a great premium. It would be awesome to have the most upgraded M41 Walker Bulldog in the game!!
- Replacing the original petrol engine with a more fuel-efficient US Cummins VTA-903T diesel, developing 465 hp (similar to that in the Bradley)
- Installation of four forward-firing grenade dischargers either side of the turret (as already fitted to the Danish Leopard 1)
- Installation of an NBC system in the turret bustle
- A fire detection and suppression system
- New battery installation
- Improved internal layout
- Redesigned stowage rack and bins
- A heater
- A new DISA 7.62 mm anti-aircraft machine gun mount on the turret roof in place of the 12.7 mm M2 MG
- Installation of side skirts similar to those on the Leopard 1
- New electric gun controls, including a thermal night vision system for the gunner with an integrated laser range-finder
- A halogen searchlight mounted on the gun mantlet
- A night vision periscope for the driver
- Night vision goggles for the commander
- A scavenger system fitted for the 76 mm gun breech and 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.
- Belonging around BR 8.3/8.7 in either a Scandinavian tree or as a Swedish Premium
Edit: formating and spelling.
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