posted on Jun, 8 2006 @ 09:33 PM
I don't know tanks, but may I suggest Ignorant Ape may be darn close to the answer, if he'd just turn his argument around?
Begin designing our mystery machine, and build at least one mock-up/test vehicle. During a few tests of this vehicle, if it is discovered that the 5
wheels present just can't do the job, modify the plan to ADD another axle. (thus shortening the tread distance between road wheels, possibly
reducing tension on the treads, and reducing breakage.)
On the other hand, the hull of the MT-LB extends considerably beyond the tread length, and rides very much 'over' it rather then the more 'nestled
down in-between' configuration on the mystery vehicle.
Those very large ducts on top have me truely intrigued. If it were meant as a hover tank, it's doubtful they'd have stuck treads on at all, with
any number of road wheels. However, if it were an early expieiment in gas-turbined power, hopefully for a high speed tank, it could make some sence.
Unfortunately, the only picture with much chance of confiming/refuting that theory is the last one, where I would be looking for the distortion caused
by some very large amounts of very hot exhaust. I say Unfortunately, as there is nothing but clear sky visible behind the vehicle.