Introduced in 2014, The T100A3 Snow Leopard Main Battle Tank (known as M100A3 in service) is a VERY formidable tank. Some might even call it the best tank in existense. Designed as an expensive private venture, it is intended to be sold to clients who need a very advanced tank for a price. It compares very well with other tanks in its class. It has served in the Middle East, Africa, and also against European rebels.
Armament: One 5.51in (140mm) Rheinmetal smoothbore gun/missile system, 1 or 2 M61A2 15mm Vulcan multibarreled gun
Armor: classified composite armor
Weight: 51.2 tons
Powerplant: Textron Lycoming AGT 1700 gas turbine, 1700hp
In Service: Norway, Sweden, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa
Service Length: 2014-present
Side View. The T100A3 Snow Leopard Main Battle Tank may be the best tank ever designed. It combines a variety of features that make it very near unbeatable. Its modern composite armor plating on the sides, front, and turret make for a well-protected tank.
Front View. You don't want to mess with that 140mm smoothbore gun!
Turret Profile. The commander and (optionally) another person sit on top. Mounted is a thermal sight, advanced communication systems, the Digital Compass System MkII that disrupts first-and-second-generation wire guided missiles, and a new 15mm Vulcan weapon. A second Vulcan can be mounted, providing a horrible death for any fool stupid enough to come close.
The new Giat active protection system. This has a 95% chance of destroying an incoming enemy RPG or light antitank weapon with much less possible collateral damage to friendly troops. During one engagement in Iraq, a Snow Leopard destroyed 13 out of 14 incoming RPGs, an incredible feat.
The Snow Leopard is equipped with the latest in protection systems and gear. It has a French FINDERS MkIII, which shows the host tank, friendly and enemy forces,as well as the terrain, all in high-quality satellite images. Zooming in and out is a new feature. Gyrostabilized sights and a stabilized gun make the tank very accurate. Diesel can be injected into the exhaust, creating a smokescreen. Stealth and crew comfort are designed into the tank.And to top it off, a nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC)system is integrated into the air conditioning.
The LDC imported a Russian Broadsword GM-12 hidden missile system, and installed it on the tank. This replaced the unpopular side-mounted exposed TOW system. (Credit to Aleksander S.E. for the idea.)
Back Turret View. This view clearly shows the Digital Compass System (the bulb) and the communications equipment.
The containers on the back can hold extra 140mm APFSDS rounds, food, or weapons. Here, a crew member takes out a Colt M4A1.
To date, the Snow Leopard, with its 140mm smoothbore NATO standard gun, has destroyed over 300 tanks.
A hatch on the back allows easy access to the engine. Textron Lycoming had experience in gas turbines before for the M1 Abrams, and designed the AGT 1700 specifically for the Snow Leopard. This powerful engine allows the tank to travel at speeds of up to 44mph.