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Comet

The South African Comet tanks were decommisioned as main battle tanks in the 1960's. The tank hulls were available and some of them were rebuilt as armoured repair vehicles for the Olifant tanks. They were fitted with cranes, repair tools and repair equipment. They could also carry a complete engine assembly for an Olifant tank.

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Specifications
aa.VehicleComet
ab.Weight35 696 kg
ac.Length7,66 m
ad.Width3,04 m
ae.Height2,98 m
af.Crew5
ag.Armour 
ah.Primary Armament77mm Mk 2 gun
ai.Secondary Armament2 x 7.62 mm Browning MG-4 CA/AA Browning M1919 Machine Guns
aj.EngineRolls Royce Meteor Mk 3, V 12, Liquid cooled, Gasoline, 447 kW (600 hp) at 2 550 rev/min.
ak.Power/Weight18 hp/tonne
al.SuspensionChristy type, 5 pairs of road wheels, turn rollers
am.TransmissionHydraulic operated twin plate dry - type clutch. Gearbox - change-speed - constant mesh, manual incorperating steering mechanism and differential 5 forward gears 1 reverse - neutral turn steering and brakes - via drums - hydraulic operated
an.BrakesVia drums - hydraulic operated
ao.Tyres 
ap.Track2,54 m (track centres), 2,819 m (crown contacts)
aq.Wheelbase 
ar.Driveline 
as.Operating Range196 km (89 km Cross country)
at.Speed-Offroad35 km/h
au.Speed-Road51 km/h
av.Fuel Capacity522 litres
aw.Fuel Consumption 
ax.Fuel TypePetrol
ay.Clearance0,457 m
azGradient35%
ba.Side SlopeNot Available
bb.Vertical Step0,92 m
bc.Trench2,43 m
bd.FordingNot Available
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