Ok first thing… The name "manticore" is a straight fabrication on Wargamming's part. It was a real design, but it was called the Chimera. While I have no way of knowing for sure, I highly suspect this was to avoid confusion with the other Chimera. And yes, there were several different Chimeras. The
1950 Chimera currently in game, the
1955 "Manticore", and the
1984 Chimera to name a few.
I'm not going to refer to a more obscure tank project by a fake name; WOT has such considerable weight that Manticore is probably going to become the accepted name while being the fake name. For the remainder of this, I'll be referring to the 1955 project as simply the Chimera.
So first off, while the Chimera is certainly a "light" tank at 12.4 tonnes (27,345lbs more precisely), it would have been more accurate to describe the tank as a self-propelled anti-tank gun. To quote the documents about the aim of the STT project "To design a vehicle-mounted substitute for the BAT which is acceptable in the Forward Infantry positions. Its role is to provide anti-tank defence for the Infantry Battalion up to 1000 yards stand off distance in front of the Forward Defended localities." For reference, the L2 BAT is a 120mm recoil-less rifle used by the British as a Battalion anti tank gun. The vehicle also had a much smaller engine, but I'll get too other inaccuracies in a moment.
So now for some pictures as I'm sure people don't want to read through a giant wall of text without them.
3 dimension drawing
A cutaway of sorts view
Some basic specifications about the Chimera
The following page
To sum up these (and other information) in a simplified WOT-friendly form.
- Turrets: Chimera
- Guns: Gun: QF 105mm (ex 20 pounder). The 105mm L7 was still being developed at this time.
- Engines: Rolls Royce B81 (198bhp @ 3700 RPM)
- Suspension: Webbed Single Trailing Spud
- Radio: B 47 VHF and C 47 VHF
- Crew: 2 (Commander/Gunner/Radio Operator, Driver/Loader)
- Weight: 27,345lbs (12.403 t)
- Max Speeds: 32mph (51.49km/h)
- Hull: 25mm / 29mm / 17mm.
- Turret: 28mm / 28mm / 20mm
- Elevation/Depression: +10/-10.
- Shell Capacity: 20 rounds (not 16)
And as for the dimensions.
- Dimensions: 66 Inches (1.6764m) High, 96 inches (2.4384m) Wide, 183 inches (4.6482m) Long, 272 inches (6.9088m) long counting gun.
For reference sake, and because I'm not going to directly compare them too much,
here is the current iteration on the supertest.
So next obvious question that I've seen popping up: "Is it an autoloader?"
Yes and no. Yes in that there was an autoloading system, no in the sense of a drum autoloader like you see in the AMX-13 tanks.
The autoloader is a little different. Trust me, it takes a while of looking to understand how it works. With a crew of 2 (because you aren't fitting 3 people in a vehicle that small with an L7), the autoloader was to prevent delays between the driver/loader's change of duties, and aid in handling the rounds inside the very small tank. It's unclear how fast the autoloader would operate as it is mentioned nowhere what documents I have (though few autoloaders operate as fast as they do in WOT).
"Was it ever to be built?"
STT design exercises were never intended to be built. Some were overoptimistic ideas that were technologies infeasible, others were for training, while certain designs saw elements and components worked into future vehicles. I'll admit, I'm not quite clear exactly the nature of the STT designs and where one project might differ from another in purpose. Either way, the Chimera was never intended to be built.
"What about low tier lights like the tetrach?"
I suspect wargamming doesn't really care too much about them as they don't get near the return off them as they do high tier tanks.
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