At the Hague, Jan 19, the Dutch Army demonstrated an experimental armoured reconnaissance vehicle, which can be driven equally fast- at 100 kilometres, about 62 miles, per hours forwards or backwards.
GV Vehicle on test track.
CU Vehicle turning.
PAN Vehicle over bumps.
LV Vehicle on the ice track.
SV Soldiers watch.
CU PAN Vehicle moves through ice and water.
LV Vehicle moving at high speed.
LV PAN Ditto.
LV Vehicle moves ahead and then reverses.
GV Officers talk to men in vehicle.
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Background: At the Hague, Jan 19, the Dutch Army demonstrated an experimental armoured reconnaissance vehicle, which can be driven equally fast- at 100 kilometres, about 62 miles, per hours forwards or backwards. Quick reversal will enable it to be extricated swiftly from position unexpectedly coming under enemy fire.
Called the"YP 104", the vehicle has two steering wheels, and double controls, but only one engine and gearbox. It operates with a crew of two drivers and one observer-radio operator. Lightly armoured, against machine-gun fire and shrapnel, it is expected to provide its crew also with protection against radiation should it enter on an area contaminated by an atomic explosion.
Based on an experimental prewar design, which never came into use, the"YP 104" has an independent drive on all four wheels. It is 13 ft long and 5 ft high, and resembles the British Army's "Ferret" vehicle in appearance. It will be armed with a machine gun.
A much larger vehicle of the same type, designed for a crew of 12, is to be supplied to the Dutch Army at a later date.