Schützenpanzer LANG HS.30

In 1956 the Swiss Hispano Suiza company began the project for an infantry combat vehicle (IFV) to support the soldier’s advance on the battlefield. This idea was really advanced for the time, since previously, personnel carriers were considered as simple “battlefield’s taxis”. These vehicles were only responsible for taking the troops to the battlefield, without participating in the fighting, hence their nickname. In 1958 a”Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30” prototype was introduced and the production production started shortly after. In 1960 entered service with the Bundeswehr, although with little success at the beginning. The HS.30 were always characterized by their mechanical problems, which were gradually being solved, but brought them a considerable bad reputation. To end its reputation definitively, the HS.30 was the unwitting protagonist of an economic scandal unprecedented in Western Germany at the time. There were accusations of bribes and illegal commissions to politicians to approve their massive acquisition by the German Army in what was known as the “HS.30 Skandal”.

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Country of origin

Germany

Builder

Hispano Suiza

Type

Infantry fighting vehicle

Entered service

1960

Crew

3 crew members + 5 passengers

Combat weight

14,600 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

5.56 x 2.25 x 1.85 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: 30mm

Power plant

1 x Rolls-Royce B81 Mk 80F petrol engine, 220 hp

Speed

51 km/h

Range

270 km

Armament

1 x 20mm HS.820 gun + 1 x 7.62mm MG
2 x 4 smoke grenade dischargers

Ammunition

2,000 x 20mm rounds

Production

2,176