Tank Chats #84 Leopard PRTL | The Tank Museum

Tank Chats #84 Leopard PRTL | The Tank Museum

this tank chats going to be about the
vehicle beside me which in dutch service is known as the PRTL were very
fortunate today to be able to have this vehicle here it’s 2019 and it’s about to
be our tank fest event and the dutch historic collection have brought this
vehicle over so we can see it demonstrated now many of you may know
this vehicle in a slightly different format as to the Gepard
it’s developed in the 1960s in germany the first five pre-production prototypes
to the dutch standard and the dutch standard has different radars on two
different types of radars they are delivered in 1972 for trials and the
actual Dutch military accepts as series three different batches of the vehicle
from 1977 to 1979 and they actually order in all its 95 vehicles go into
service they they come with slightly different modifications they’re called
batch ca1 ca2 ca3 now the Dutch to end up using a radar system designed by Holland
signal as opposed to the German systems that’s being used this radar system you
can detect planes coming in from about 15 kilometers away and once they are
detected by the radar system which is on the back of the vehicle it’s then
electronically handed over as it were to the tracking radar which is on the front
of the vehicle and that will track the incoming plane out to about 13
kilometers now the system just like the Gepard is actually armed with 35
millimeter Oerlikon kDa cannons and they can put a tremendous amount of fire onto
a target very very quickly out to about five and a half kilometers these things
when the two cannons are firing together you’ve got about 1100 rounds coming out
– that would be equivalent of a minute it is a ridiculously fast system
fires and if you see one of these firing what comes out the side is the empty
spend ammunition cases so a very short burst of this fire onto a target should
do the do business now some of the weapons systems so if the ammunition it’s
firing it mainly fires armor-piercing a type of armor-piercing that’s actually
designed specifically in an anti-aircraft role it does a separate
type of armor-piercing if for other types of target but the idea being that
what they call frangible armor-piercing discarding Sabot it’s called FA P DS
frangible armor-piercing discarding sabot and the idea behind that is the type of
round when it hits an aeroplane or or the target a helicopter etc the metal of
the armor-piercing round breaks up by its frangible and that causes more
damage or has a potential to cause more damage to the target so a very effective
ground defense system and it was put into service really to go with the
armored units so that it can keep up with tanks going forward so it’s got
them a level of close air defence and close air support to protect those
vehicles when they’re on the battlefield now as you can see you may recognize a
hole here it’s based on the leopard one chassis and it has slight modifications
it’s slightly lengthened if you look at the wheel stations the middle wheel
stations are slightly further apart they end up taking where the ammunition
would have been stowed for the 105 millimeter gun on the leopard one next
to the driver they take that away and they put in there
it’s got a mercedes-benz engine in there instead to give about 60 kilowatts of
power so that power is then available to traverse the turret and not necessarily
take power off the main engine drive so it’s the equivalent of a dolly engine or
an APU in other vehicles the power source by the way goes to a generator to
convert that into electricity and out the side here you can see along the side
is where the exhaust would be to vent away the fumes from
that secondary engine in the back is the standard MTU diesel engine that powers
all the Leopards but overall with the complexity of that turret system with
two crew members inside and the driver in the standard position down the front
all of these adds up to a very complex and expensive vehicle one of these costs
three times the amount of leopard one tank costs and there’s another side to
that because of course with the increase in speeds and tactics of jet fighters
doing ground attack roles that meant this system had to be upgraded so over
time the standards on these vehicles were upgraded not all of them were
upgraded to the same standard and for example this particular vehicle it’s not
digitized in the way that some in the the netherlands army the royal
netherlands Army’s fleet was what the dutch actually did once they’d done a
digital conversion they put out a photograph of one of the newer vehicles
it was seen online it belonged to C company and C company name all their
vehicles after animals and the furni was called C Cheetah that photograph
appeared in the dutch press in the year 2000 the public started calling these
vehicles cheetahs and after trying to correct it for a number of occasions the
Dutch military in the end gave up and said no let’s call it cheetah and for
them they actually quite like that because PRTL pronounced pruttle by the
troops which means like splutter almost the noise of the guns when they’re
firing didn’t sound as good actually cheetah sounds quite sexy so it ended up
being called cheetah in the later Dutch service their outer service now in
Holland some were sold on 60 the Dutch ones were sold on to Jordan some other
countries kilee for example were buying some Belgium also had get parts in
service some of those have been sold on Chile had a look at them but as an
indicator of how complex these vehicles are to keep running keep them in service
and very expensive to maintain Chile ended ended up handing four of them back
saying look we just can’t afford to do this we can’t actually maintain them and
keep them going so for many countries the idea of anti-aircraft guns mounted
on a hull has gone out of service most of them now have missile systems on an
armored hull instead and in fact Gepard at one point was adding missiles on the
side of the turrets along with other features it could be remotely controlled
there was a version where you could actually put the vehicle almost as a
camp defense weapon unmanned by the crews but it would be linked into a
central control point that would then be able to trigger it off but again we’re
very very grateful to our friends from the royal netherlands army and the
historic collection that looks after this particular vehicle for bringing it
over to us so people can see it at Tankfest and you can see it on one of our
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  • M. H. B. says:

    An AT-ST on tracks; nice

  • Oscar P says:

    They should be used to suppress infantry or terrorists…

  • spookanide says:

    Hollandse Signaal is now part of Thales and still really good at radar.

  • GutPusher says:

    Crazy how fast those barrels move

  • craig chick kubisz says:

    at least it was issued…….unlike the sgt york……….the outhouse fan killer

  • EA SS says:

    David, why are the tracks on back to front?

  • Daniel van Slooten says:

    You have a Pruttel! It stands for Pantser Rups (=tracked) Tegen (=against) Luchtdoelen (=air targets), but yeah, we call them pruttel, which means splutter or "put-put" when referred to an engine or a boiling pot.

  • Henning Malland says:

    Buy a Tunguska…

  • Lukas Mol says:

    The Russians not that long ago developed the Terminator-tank, not that different to this (just add the rockets and some grenade launchers) And instead of transforming this, the idiots sell it of……(after it was never used in the first place)

  • wrongway1100 says:

    Did the Japanese have this thing?

  • Mauricio VB says:

    Brazilian Army have this tank

  • GoViking says:

    I like all the tank chats I’ve seen so far but this one was extra interesting for some reason. You guys are such great narrators and so informative!

  • Davey Bernard says:

    Its got that satisfying Panzer Squeak at the end.

  • Lisa B. says:

    It may seem expensive, but that circular screen provides the greatest game of Atari Missile Command when the crew is off-duty.

  • Asif Ifas says:

    Govts just live to waste our taxes we can 4kun starve as long as they have their death dealers and millions of barrels of oil to fuel them.

  • Pipito Paerata says:

    Lethal but once you turn those radars on….

  • お化け猫 says:

    I love this spaa😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😘

  • Friso S says:


  • Lukos0036 says:

    In Warthunder these things can shred mbts.

  • Ontario Oliver TV says:

    That is a cool piece of armour!

  • New Jones says:

    What is it to the Dutch except a wasted of gasoline and money?
    We have Nukes and probally in the future there will be spacewar.
    The force off those weapons that will be make the King Tiger look like a toy hotrod for kids.

  • Dınø satay says:

    Is that a german Tunguska?

  • chris99103 says:

    All coming from the Wehrmacht…Wirbelwind > Ostwind>Zerstörer45> ….the Kugelblitz was preproduced in small series by the end of WWII and was by a big margin the most modern Flakpanzer in the world and there was the Coelian (Panther chassis) coming too..like with almost all other military tech and industrial tech Germany was 20-30 years ahead of the world…Wehrmacht developed Uranium ammunition already in 1944 but due to a lack of raw material changed for Tungsten which got into short supply too…Panthers G with night vision at the Lake Balaton Battle in 1945..over 390.000 patents stolen by US Engineer Troops who systematically raided German authorities and over 1000 scientists taken to US under threat of either work for US or being trialed in Nürenberg..others like von Braun just got burried under a mountain of money

  • robin6512 says:

    Pantser Rups Tegen Luchtdoel PRTL aka Pruttel. Very cool to see them in action

  • mr Bigears says:

    great to see I actually was a commander on one of these in the early nineties, the accuracy of those guns was amazing.
    I remember it firing 10/11 shot bursts (you only have something like 700 before you need to reload) the whole 47-ton tank would 'sway' back and after the rounds left the guns you would hear the cartridges drop to the ground. verry impressive. But no aircon and you are stuck in a metal box between to running diesel engines… so not so comfortable.. 🙂

  • Jean-Marc V. says:

    The dutch version is called 'cesar'. I was K in a belgian gepard ( K for kommandant)

  • Blah b says:

    This was basically the SPG version of the older '40 long 70' AA cannon. 40 MMs on a centrally guided radar.

    Very destructive to have a battery of those, but with helicopters and counter-radar missiles it simply became too dangerous to have a setup with static cannons and an active radar sending out a massive "Hi guys, I'm here, please come bomb me".

    These things were much better, more mobile and with passive-active radar.

  • Mister Zippo says:

    Ik ben een simpele man. Ik zie de Nederlandse vlag, ik klik duimpje omhoog.

  • Bill Hunt says:

    It's a motorized pancake flipper lol

  • A. Soldier says:

    The A10 in tank form.

  • Muhammad Hussain says:

    Is it just me or should this tank still be kept in use in 2019 aswell

  • Robert Teunissen says:

    I was in the Netherlands Army in '84/'85, in the 12th PALUA battalion, (PAntser LUchtdoel Artillerie).
    This tank was then named the PRTL, or pruttel.
    When you see that thing in action, on the practice range, shooting bullets at a target , WOW, happy times, it is nice to see this tank again 🙂

  • Rat King says:

    @The Tank Museum +The Tank Museum Could you provide clarity on track construction and what the the Pros and Cons of each type, Live vs dead. also center guide vs sprocket teeth driven track, track tension, slack track vs return rollers or skids, (not going to ask you to do steel vs rubber tracks/ that research is still being worked on).

    I hope there is a public information style film on this issue, as i am sick to death arguing, and explaining this area of the tank.

  • Uncle Dan says:

    You know, I used to live in Oerlikon, which is on the north side of Zurich in Switzerland. Where can I find more information about why that area developed such popular weaponry?

  • Laurens A. says:

    I like the sticker saying: "Caution: High frequency radiation danger. Safe distance 13 meters.". Would not like to be the person manning this beast: cancer guaranteed.

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  • Mr. Onbekend says:

    Prtl stands for pantserrups tegen luchtdoelen. Or in english something like armour against air targets

  • delvescoa says:

    A very interesting episode

  • the7observer says:

    I just imagined this but with 2 flak autoloading 88mm guns with the same fire rate. LOL, impractical I know, but still…

  • Icanifiwant says:

    Beautiful machine..

  • christina Rodriguez says:

    The tracking aiming system setup for the dutch gepard or cheetah by holland signaal was the start for the development of the CIWS Goalkeeper. Still in service to day by several countries.

    Also some information on Holland signaal before the 2nd world war they had the name Hazemijer some might know that they developed the Triaxale stabalized mounts for the 40 mm bofors and created and developed advanced fire fontrols for navy ships and AA bateries. that had their own fire directory or could be centrally operated by the automatic tracking computers. the british copied the system and called it the MK IV twin mount.

  • A H says:

    lol i served on that tank… getting dizzy again thinking of the 1st few days

  • PitbullTerror88 says:

    As a Dutchman somehow this makes me feel a bit proud :p

  • peter ago says:

    I built this in a 1/16 Tamiya RC

  • 9to5BioOrg says:

    I think that the jsdf uses a similar platform, forgot the name though.

  • wertyman6 says:

    PRTL means 'Panzer Rups Tegen Luchtdoelen' which means 'Armoured Tracked Against Air targets' It's also a bit of a joke because 'prtl' sounds a bit like the sound it makes when firing.

  • Theo Florea says:

    A great video! Thank you for coming to the Netherlands with the Challenger and an awesome chat 🙂

  • William Knowles says:

    Search YouTube for "1988 free lion korps" and there is bunch of footage of American, Dutch, and German vehicles including the PRTL during an exercise in Northern West Germany. During Free Lion, we had one attached to our tank company for a few days. Was fun watching them track low flying aircraft, especially when the cloud ceiling was low and you could only hear them fly by. Also found out that the Dutch army was unionized (at least that is how they explained it), and the soldiers worked 12 hour shifts, so the PRTL had a big panel truck following behind where the second crew slept until it was their turn to man the vehicle. Good times!

  • Mark Holm says:

    Wish the US would have bought a updated version of this instead pouring all the money in to the M247.

  • Traveller2016 says:

    Een Pruttel, LOL. Maar geen grapje om als tegenstander te hebben. Fantastische machine.

  • Neil Degrasse Tyson says:

    Please do a gepard tank chat

  • Eric Williams says:

    Could you imagine using this on ground forces!!!!!!!

  • Hell yeah! says:

    The first and last time i saw four off them racing down the road ,was on my first day of national service while waiting to get kitted out in Ede .

    It was a fantastic sight and sound !!

  • Mark Juricic says:

    They should've used these in "Reign of Fire" against the dragons! 😆

  • Zeerob says:

    Saw this thing in action at the National Military Museum and boy did it look awesome. Also wanna thank David for coming to the event as well, much love from the Netherlands.

  • Rayyan Ali says:

    The turret reminds of every SciFi medium anti-personnel mech.

  • Walt Man says:

    Ptrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhrrrnmhhmmmrll! It goes!

  • ODDBALL SOK says:

    7:45 and who is this woman, and why does she has this ..odd..accent ?

  • Christian Rafa says:

    How much per 1 unit

  • Mark Maxwell says:

    Lollll an expensive vehicle.
    Like the old UK submarines that they can't afford to decommission.
    If l was the UK l would keep my nose out of other people's business.

  • Flipje NL says:

    Is the pruttel really that old?

  • Krijn Mout says:

    What’s most striking about that thing is the speed and acceleration of the turrets and cannons. It is really violent. Some people in training for these vehicles had to leave because they got sick inside 😁.

  • Oliver Kurzweg says:

    I wonder if there will ever be Mantis system tank.

  • stephen allen says:

    The 2:24 footage of an F-80 being shot down is actually from a 1960s US demsotration video and was shot down by an F-105 not a german AA

  • Eelco Brinkcate says:

    Served as a conscript soldier in the Royal Dutch Army during ftx Free Lion held in the German Weserbergland Hills in sept. 1988. Great to see this animal back again. Brings back melancholy into my Heart…. Already so long ago…Just 18 years old then, now I am 49….Time flies as they say. Thanks for posting!!!

  • Phillip Mulligan says:

    I wonder if it can shoot down incoming small diameter precision guided bombs and other guided anti tank artillery munitions?

  • Mathew Bateman says:

    Sabot – sabotage. Is this a French word or Latin maybe?

  • Fosters Pets says:

    Would love to see the Haynes manual for this.

  • buryitdeep says:

    Where do all those AA shells land when they come back down?

  • Moondoggy says:


  • geheimschriver says:

    General Schwarzkopf said during Desert Storm that he would use no more than 5 Apaches to counter 150 tanks. Anti-tank Helicopters are the greatest threat to tanks. The way the PRTLs were deployed is to have 2 for each squadron of (16) tanks or battery of mobile armored artillery.
    Having seen the PRTL in action, 5 Apaches would be toast before they get their first missle off.

  • Rayie b says:

    Very well explained!

  • Dave Sharkey says:

    There's no way I'd want to be in that thing during a war. Too many ways to die. Airplanes can jam radar then blow you away. Missile can get you. A-10 can get you. So many ways. War has almost become obsolete because the weapons have become too deadly. Nobody wants to die in 1 second on battlefield. You'd need 1 million dead guys just to prove anything…its not worth it.

  • Ernst van Loon says:

    TIL the name "Cheetah", In my time in the Dutch army I just knew them by "pruttel"…

  • Rat King says:

    Ends with Sofilein!

  • Wladislav says:


  • Stephen Lauret says:

    Anybody knows how well those turrets are protected armour wise? Sure enough a lot of the electronics on them could not take big hits, how much could that handle? Just curious 🙂 Thanks in advance for any answers 😀

  • Michael Ritzen says:

    I actually had the great pleasure of crawling along the inside of both the PRTL and Leopard 1 during my bachelor's party in the Dutch Military Museum. Thanks to the museum and my friends, one of my life long dreams has been fullfilled.

  • Jonathan Larkby says:

    Ohi Sofilein

  • Marten Trudeau says:

    It looks like it came out of a Robo Cop movie.

  • Claudy Focan says:

    There is a Gepard in the Royal museum of the armed forces in Belgium.

    I visited it with my granddad who did his armed forces service back in the day. His cousin was a CRVT commander (first lieutenant) in a Tank batalion. He led the tank unit composed of first Leopard 1 and than 2’s into battle in his small tank with its thin Aluminium armor 😕 they had a 30mm autocannon tho 🤷🏼‍♂️ lots of experience in our family 😂

    When I visited the museum with the ancient ones they saw the gepard among a F104, F16, Mi-24 etc etc even some spitfires, mosquito’s and some other Vietnam era jets. They said “This is the cat amongst the pigeons.”

    Now I understand why. What a mighty piece of kit. Firing this system must be awesome! Spending 1100rnd of 35mm a minute sounds pretty messed up.

  • YOUR MOMMA says:

    I love those enthusiastic sober working accurate Island historians. Greeting from a Kraut and a friend 🇩🇪 🍺

  • MilHanSolo says:

    I love these AA tanks

  • Georgi Var says:

    Somebody saw Shilka in action and decided to do their own rework of the Soviet classic.

  • Dennis B says:

    Wen i was in service in 1994 in ede i had te honor to be in one of these prtl battelions, it's so sad to see they are all gone including the military terrains in ede i wish i had taken more pictures of these beautifull machines.

  • 1s0sp1e2p3s4i4 says:

    Can this be used as anti personnel weapon ?

  • youtube Tutorial says:

    Für den Häuserkampf wäre das doch die richtige Ergänzung mit einigen Umbauten

  • ThatDutchguy says:


    Pas op HF (Hoge Frequentie) Stralinggevaar

    Veilige Afstand 13 meter.

    Pay attention HF (High Frequency) Radiation danger.

    Safe distance 13 meters.

    Of course only when the system is operating and you are infront of it, just an FYI.

    But i had the pleasure (or displeasure rather;) standing close enough to one of these firing on an exercise in my Royal Dutch Army days.

    It was loud,…couldn't hear anybody for an entire day, that loud.

    So, stay well away from these when they are operating xD.

  • whysosyria1 says:

    what I cannot understand, we spent billions on developing the blunderous York anti aircraft vehicle but we couldn't spend less to get copyright to the gepard.

  • Joe Blow says:

    "Actually cheetah sounds quite sexy." LOL!!

  • al coles says:

    Liked it despite the absence of David Fletcher

  • Ted Carruthers says:

    The Cheeseheads couldn't design their way out of a wet paper bag…..

  • BamBam Bigelow says:

    Ground attack aircraft might want to avoid this bad boy……

  • Fraser Henderson says:

    I have a highly detailed Tamiya Gepard 1/16 scale RC model, all singing, all dancing. Rear radar erects on startup and rotates. Front radar deploys with gun activation. Much Polish metal photo-etch parts and sophisticated sound (2 motors, turret rotation and guns), lighting and control electronics from AFV in Germany. Hundreds of hours with bright light and high magnification to detail and paint.

  • seoulkidd1 says:

    35mm should do the business indeed

  • sick boy says:

    This would be great for to use against the alphabet bois when the boogaloo kicks off.

  • GuyL Morin says:

    It would be amazing if they did a tank chat about the FV 4005.

  • Howdulike Themapples says:

    Probably the coolest F***ing thing I'VE EVER SEEN!

  • GazubaGames says:

    At around 1:39 there's a closeup of the Gepards barrels. What's with the wires and odd muzzle brake? Any answers would be appreciated.

  • WarriorPoet01 says:

    I was at a military exhibition at a kassern in Germany when I was about 11 or 12. They had one of these – and it fired a burst of blank rounds. FUN!

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