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1954 - USA M-48 Medium Tank General Patton 2

Armament:      1- 90mm gun Model M41
                           1 - 7.62 coaxial MG
                            1- 7.62  MG
                           1- 0.5" MG in cupola
Engine:            Continental, air cooled V-12 gasoline
                            AVDS-1790-5  series. 800 hp
Speed:             30 mph
Range;              70 miles ,135  miles with jettison tanks
Crew:                4
Weight:             52 tons

Rushed into service during Korean War.  Many initial production problems.  Continuously upgraded through 7 models.  Used  by over 19 nations.  Equipped with ballistic computer.  Many improvements over the M46 including wider tracks, quick change gun barrel, optical rangefinder, improved armor. Major fault was gas engine which gave abysmal range.  The hull is cast and boat shaped.

 

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