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|Place of origin|
|In service||1971 - 2003|
|Produced||1971 - 1983|
|No. built||390 (all versions); 195 68/88; 1 Panzer 68-2000 (prototype)|
|Variants||Panzer 68; Panzer 68/75; Panzer 68/88; Panzer 68-2000 (prototype)|
|Length||9.49 m (31 ft 2 in)|
|Width||3.14 m (10 ft 4 in)|
|Height||2.72 m (8 ft 11 in)|
|up to 120 mm |
|105 mm |
6× smoke dischargers
|Suspension||plate springs and hydraulic dampers|
|Ground clearance||400 mm|
|200 km (120 mi)|
|Speed||55 km/h (34 mph)|
The Panzer 68 was based on the
In 1968 (hence the name) the Swiss parliament decided to buy 170 vehicles. Deliveries of the Panzer 68 started in 1971. In 1977 a second batch was manufactured. In the years between 1978 and 1983, a third and fourth batch followed. The last two lots were called either AA3 and AA4 or Panzer 68/75. The most important change was the introduction of a bigger turret.
The Austrian army showed some interest in the Panzer 68 in the late 1970s, but decided not to buy the model when the deficiencies of the system became public.
In 1992 the Panzer 68 underwent one more modernization program which introduced a new fire control system which was on a par with the system used in the new Panzer 87 (license-built
Some Panzer 68s can still be seen in military museums around the world.