Long time between drinks but I've finally gotten around to adding the next evolutions in the DCFI Tank genealogy. See first post on this thread to view this in context with the other tanks developed thus far, but for now...
AV-T 'Cavalier' Main Battle Tank
Designed in the late days of WW2 and not fielded in time to participate in the defeat of Germany. Collaboration with Great Britain resulted in a hull and drive train design very similar to the superlative Centurion series MBT. Powered by the Falklands Mod V2 diesel engine, with a revised turret as per the AV-H series tanks, capable of mounting 20pdr, DCFI 90mm, 105mm and General purpose 120mm guns. (more follow-on Marks of this design to be represented in the future)
AV-L 'Sentinel' Main Battle Tank
Designed in 1942 as a replacement for the capable but increasingly obsolescent AV-S series light tanks, the AV-L series light tank (known as the 'Sentinel' in DCFI service) used the common AV50/60 series chassis and drive train as its basis. Powered by the compact Rolls Royce Phoenix diesel engine (based on the Merlin/Griffin/Meteor line of engine development), this chunky little speedster could cruise at 45mph and carried class-leading armour and gunnery in the form of the FQF75 GP gun capable of firing all types of anti-armour, anti infantry and common high explosive ordinance. testing was completed by early 1943 and sentinels began to be issued to units in time for the Operation TORCH landings and the 8th Army's pursuit of Rommel's DaK into Tunisia. It was highly successful in the combat recce and cavalry roles throughout this and the remaining battles of the European war, and was also pressed into service as an escort and command vehicle for artillery and logistics units. Small numbers made it to the pacific conflict being used by the Australian and New Zealand forces in operations on New Guinea, New Britain, Bogainville and Borneo, where their size, exceptional all-terrain mobility and high firepower was particularly useful in the tough jungle fighting.
These drawings are 100% original work - any comments of a constructive nature are welcome
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