One of the most important principles in tank building is that one must start working on a tank's successor as soon as it is accepted into service. Various intermediate stages are developed on the way to the next tank, some of which remains as drafts or technical projects, and some even reach the full scale model stage. One such vehicle that never came to be was the Object 430 tank designed in 1953.
|Object 430 model.
|Object 430 model as seen from the front.
|Object 430 model from the back.
|Object 430 model from the side.
|Comparison of the silhouettes of the T-54 (dotted line) and Object 430.
|Drawings of the Object 430 variant with the 8D12-U engine.
|Cutaway of the Object 430 first variant.
|Object 430 first variant top view with the fighting and engine compartments shown.
|Ammunition racks and fuel tanks of the Object 430 first variant.
|Cutaway of the Object 430 second variant.
|Object 430 second variant from above, fighting compartment and engine shown.
|Ammunition and fuel carried on the second Object 430 variant.
|Object 430 turret.
|Object 430 hull.
|Object 430 armour thickness compared with the armour of the T-54.
|Protection diagram for the hull of the Object 430.
|Torsion bar suspension with a road wheel.
|First variant of the tracks.
|Second variant of the tracks.
|Third variant of the tracks.
|Fourth type of the tracks.
|Model of the Object 430.
- Simplicity of the design and layout.
- Maximum use of the tank's internal volume.
- Reduction in weight of all components without exception.
- Simplicity in design and production for all components.
- Economy of expensive or rare materials.