Light Tank Stingray1-6

Stingray: General
Date of first acceptance 1988 Total acceptances 106
Manufacturer Cadillac Gage Co. Crew
4 men:
  • Commander in turret right rear
  • Gunner in turret right front
  • Loader in turret left
  • Driver in hull center front
Stingray: Dimensions
Combat weight 44,500lbs
Height 100"
Length without gun 248"
Gun overhang forward 117"
Width 107"
Ground clearance 18"
Turret ring diameter 72.0"
Ground pressure, zero penetration 10.2psi
Stingray: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Max traverse rate Elevation Max elevation rate
105mm Gun LRF Turret 32 rounds
(8 ready)
(manual and electrohydraulic)
30°/sec +20° to -7.5°
(manual and electrohydraulic)
12.7mm M2HB MG Commander's cupola 1100 rounds 360°
-- Manual --
7.62mm M240C MG Coaxial to 105mm gun 2400 rounds 360°
(manual and electrohydraulic)
30°/sec +20° to -7.5°
(manual and electrohydraulic)
Night vision
M36E1 day/night sight for gunner, NV52C day/night sight for commander
Stingray: Armor
Cadalloy steel
Stingray: Automotive
Engine Detroit Diesel 8V-92TA; 8 cylinder, 2 cycle, vee, turbocharged diesel
Horsepower 535@2300rpm Fuel capacity 170gal
Transmission Allison XTG-411-2A
Stingray: Suspension
Type Road wheels Track return rollers
Torsion bar 6 dual/track 3 dual/track
Drive sprockets Idlers Shock absorbers
Rear drive Dual at front of track 3/track
Stingray: Track
Center guide, double pin, steel with detachable rubber pad
Width 15"
Pitch 6"
Stingray: Performance
Max level road speed 42mph
Max trench 84"
Max grade 60% Max vertical obstacle 30"
Max fording depth 42"
Cruising range 300mi

The Stingray was a private venture by Cadillac Gage (now Textron Marine & Land Systems Division of Textron, Inc.) built to provide main battle tank-class firepower to a light deployable tank. The British-produced Royal Ordnance Nottingham Low Recoil Force 105mm gun is derived from the L7A3 and can fire all standard NATO 105mm ammunition, and a novel recoil system and muzzle brake reduced the recoil force of the gun by 60%. The gun weighs 1,932kg (4,259lb) not counting the recoil guard; it has a 762mm (30.0") service recoil length; and it has a service trunnion pull of 11,600kg (25,600lb). Stingray is armored to withstand 14.5mm ammunition frontally, and 7.62mm ammunition on all other surfaces. Stingray is only used by the Royal Thai Army. The Thai Stingrays were fitted with a British Marconi digital fire control system, and a 2-axis gun stabilizer is optional. The suspension of the Stingray is derived from that of the M109 self-propelled howitzer.

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