The Lince was a Spanish main battle tank development program during the
late 1980s and early 1990s. It was intended to replace the Spanish
Army's M47 and M48 Patton tanks which it received through a military
assistance program between 1954 and 1975. The Lince was also intended
to complement the AMX-30E tanks manufactured for the Army during the
1970s. Focusing on mobility and firepower, the Lince program put
secondary priority on protection and aimed for a tank lighter and
faster than its competitors. The vehicle's size was also restricted by
the Spanish railroad and highway network. To achieve a sufficient level
of firepower and protection, given the size requirements, the Lince was
to use Rheinmetall's 120 mm L/44 tank-gun and German composite armor
from the Leopard 2A4. The Spanish government decided to upgrade its
AMX-30Es in the late 1980s, which distracted attention from the
program. The Lince was eventually canceled in 1990 when Spain adopted a
large number of North American M60 Patton tanks retired from Europe in
accordance with the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Taksin the Great was crowned king of the newly established Thonburi
Kingdom in the new capital at Thonburi, present-day Thailand.
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Messina,
Italy, killing over 100,000.
Irishwoman Constance Markiewicz became the first woman Member of
Parliament elected to the British House of Commons.
World War II: After eight days of brutal house-to-house fighting, the
1st Canadian Infantry Division captured the Italian town of Ortona.
A suicide bomber killed 43 in Karachi, Pakistan, during a procession on
the Day of Ashura, the holiest of days for followers of Shia Islam.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To play aimlessly.
2. To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc.
3. To play
Wikiquote quote of the day:
At terrestrial temperatures matter has complex properties which are
likely to prove most difficult to unravel; but it is reasonable to hope
that in the not too distant future we shall be competent to understand
so simple a thing as a star.
--Arthur Stanley Eddington