Nahkampfkanone 2

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Nahkampfkanone 2
Nahkampfkanone II 'Gustav' Military of Switzerland.jpg
Nahkampfkanone 2 at Panzermuseum Thun
Typelight tank destroyer
Place of originSwitzerland
Service history
In service1946 - 1947
Used bySwitzerland
Production history
ManufacturerGeorg Fischer, Berna at Olten & Saurer
No. built1
VariantsA1, A2, B1, B2
Mass24 tonnes
Length5.24 m (17 ft 2 in)
Width2.85 m (9 ft 4 in)
Height2.15 m (7 ft 1 in)

Armour80 mm
L/49 75mm Pak with 45 rounds
Engine90° V12 cylinder four-stroke Saurer CV1DL
280 hp
Suspensionleaf springs
Speed50 km/h (31 mph)
off-road:25 km/h (16 mph)

Nahkampfkanone 2 is a prototype tank destroyer of Swiss design.

History and development[edit]

Front three-quarter view, showing the mantlet, the suspension and the large, boxy, cast-steel body

The hull and the superstructure were made of cast steel by the Georg Fischer AG. The construction of the chassis was by Saurer in Arbon, the assembly of the chassis at Berna in Olten and the design and installation of the gun of the K + W in Thun. Driver, commander and the horizontal gunner sat side left, right vertical gunner and loader. The gun was mounted in a hull based superstructure and had only a limited traverse arc, so the entire vehicle had to be turned onto the target before the gun itself could be aimed. The gun barrel could be retracted for travel.

Four different types (A1, A2, B1, B2) were planned, but one prototype was made and that did not see service; only driving tests were made in Thun from 1946 to 1947 for testing in troop deployment. Development was stopped in 1947.

The prototype is on display at the tank museum in Thun.

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