The T-35PM ”Hydra” The Soviet Union looked at the specifications of the new RGFS vehicle with interest. It seemed that we had a vehicle that fit the bill right off the bat – the T-35, the heavy, multi-turreted breakthrough tank. Instead of selling it directly to the RGFS, we turned to the infamous rogue designer who went by the name of “Человек Брони”. Here are the changes made: - Main armament (short 76.2 mm) replaced with F-22 long barrel artillery piece. - Front 45 mm replaced with the short 76.2 mm cannon. - Removed front machine guns, turret sized up to fit the 45 mm cannon. - Rear 45 mm cannon replaced with triple RP 46 MGs. - Frontal MG installed - Both enlarged frontal turrets moved forward to allow them to turn about freely - Driver and co-driver positions moved forward, front chassis lengthened to allow - Engine compressor added - Armor increased - Camouflage hooks added - Commanders loudspeaker system added - Field binoculars added - Radio added - RP 46 MG mounted in main turret - Hull RP 46 MG mounted - Side ladders removed, replaced with rear ladder - Rear, top turret MG added The main tooth of this monster is the long F-22 cannon. Its AP and HE capabilities should be sufficient for years to come. Its armor, which ranged from 11-30 mm, was deemed to little. It was upgraded to 60 mm in frontal areas, and with a minimum value of 30 mm. This brought a substantial weight increase. Subsequent to this, it was decided to upgrade the engine with compressors, which brought it up to 580 horsepower. Crew: - Driver (front) - Co-driver and radio operator (front) - Commander/MG gunner (top turret) - Gunner (top turret) - Loader (top turret) - Gunner (lower 76.2 mm) - Loader (lower 76.2 mm) - Gunner/loader (45 mm) - Gunner (rear MG turret) Extras: “Человек Брони” sees the importance of crew comfort, and has thus gone to great lengths to provide ventilation for every crewmember, to prevent overheating. Every turret has a small cone with a hand-driven fan. It can be closed for combat, and solves lack-of-oxygen and overheating problems when on the march. Comfy, well cushioned seats are also added. Also, it was decided that small hooks to attach camouflage nets would be placed at regular intervals around the tank. The commander now has a pair of mounted field binoculars and a loudspeaker system to give orders through. To communicate with the other beasts, a radio was added for the co-driver. The side ladders were removed, seen as a danger – enemy infantry can mount the tank! Rear latter added instead, making access more difficult for enemy infantry and adequate for the crew. Specifications Dimensions Length: 972 centimeters Height: 343 centimeters Width: 320 centimeters Weight: 55 tons Armament Main: 76.2 mm artillery piece Secondary: 76.2 mm short cannon, 45 mm cannon, 6x RP 46 machine guns. Armor: Between 30 (rear) and 60 (front) mm, or 10 mm (top deck, underside) Mobility Engine: 12 cylinder M-17M w/ compressor 580 horsepower Speed on road: 28 km/h on road Speed off road: 18 km/h off road Power to weight ratio: 10.5 hp per ton Parting words The Hydra fits all criteria, and then some. Its main gun can engage and destroy enemy AFV’s with impunity. Firing with the smaller guns, it can shower the enemy with a demoralizing and destructive rain of HE, good for anti infantry work as well. Rear mounted RP 46s prevent infantry from scaling the tank, main turret and hull mounted RP 46s provides suppressive, forward facing anti infantry fire.