SPz Lang HS-30

Schutzenpanzer Lang HS.30

TypeInfanteri kampvogn

Den Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30 (also Schützenpanzer 12-3) was a West German infantry fighting vehicle developed during the 1950s. It was a Swiss Hispano-Suiza design, with a Rolls-Royce engine. After some early mechanical problems only some 2000 were built of the 10,000 planned. It was armed with a 20 mm cannon which was an unusually powerful weapon for an armoured personnel carrier of the period. Its design proved to have many flaws and drawbacks and the construction was followed by a great political scandal in West Germany in the 1960s. 2176 SPz 12-3 and variants were built until 1962, for which the German government paid 517 million DM, or about 238,000 DM per vehicle. The SPz 12-3 was first deployed in 1958 and was replaced by the Marder infantry fighting vehicle from 1971

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The Schutzenpanzer Lang HS.30 was a West German infantry fighting vehicle that entered service in 1960. It was designed by the Swiss company Hispano-Suiza, and had a 20 mm HS 820 autocannon as its main armament. The HS.30 was intended to provide fire support and mobility for the mechanized infantry units of the Bundeswehr, and to fight alongside tanks in both offensive and defensive operations. The HS.30 had a low profile, a torsion bar suspension, and a Rolls-Royce B81 petrol engine that gave it a top speed of 58 km/h. However, the HS.30 also suffered from many technical problems and reliability issues, such as engine overheating, transmission failures, and poor quality control. The HS.30 was also involved in a political scandal in the 1960s, when it was revealed that the German government had paid a much higher price than originally agreed for the vehicle, and that there were irregularities and corruption in the procurement process. The HS.30 was gradually replaced by the more modern and effective Marder infantry fighting vehicle from 1971 onwards, and was phased out of service by the 1980s.

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