Object 775 (Weird Warfare honorable mention)
This is not a clever camera trick or use of angles, this was the Soviet attempt to produce an extremely low profile guided missile tank.
Object 775, succeeded and failed. It was an extremely low profile and difficult to hit tank. However, the "pancake" turret limited visibility. Visibility was so poor in fact that it was one of the deciding factors to cancel the project. It was not necessarily that the crew could not see that saw the tank cancelled however.
The second area the 775 both succeeded and failed in was with the missile armament. Using a 125mm rifled gun, the 775 would fire either Rubin or Bur missiles. The Rubin was a HEAT AT missile capable of penetrating 250mm of armor at a 60° slope. The Bur was a longer range surface to surface missile, simply for anything not enemy armor. These were optically guided munitions, meaning they followed an infrared beam to the target rather than being wire guided, such as a TOW. The beam however, had to be kept on target by the crew. This brought the otherwise successful tank back to the poor visibility issue.
Primarily, the tank existed because of the prevailing belief that missiles were the future. It was drawn up during the same time as the Sheridan, the more successful American attempt to build a tank that fired missiles and when the F4 Phantom was designed without a single gun built in. The eventual decision was to switch to smoothbore guns that could fire both conventional ammunition and missiles. This would be supplemented with external launchers in some cases.
This image was taken at Kubinka Tank Museum, not by the author.
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