Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ontos Project

The M50 "Ontos" tank destroyer was created as an antitank
vehicle that could be airlifted or airdropped in support of
airborne forces. It was developed in the early 1950s on the
T55/T56 chassis developed for APC use. The M50 had six
106mm M40A1 recoilless rifles which fired HEAT or HEP.
It could carry 18 rounds if the gun tubes were loaded. All six
tubes could fire at once or singly and top tubes were fitted
with a M8C spotting rifle that was used to determine range.
The M50 was used solely by the U.S. Marine Corps after the
design was rejected by the U.S. Army when 106 mounted jeeps
were found to be adequate. The name "Ontos" means thing in


Joe said...

Always liked this one, thinking
of an updated version for Stargrunt.

Bill said...

I've seen worse ideas...)