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1965 - MBT-70 Main Battle Tank of the 1970's

US Prototype is equipped with a  152mm Gunlauncher-capable of firing AP/HE/WP rounds and the Shillelagh Missile.
Cast homogeneous armor steel. Inner shell
overlaid with spaced high hardness homoge-
neous rolled armor steel.

Armament:        1 -    120mm automatic gun (German Prototype)
                             1 -     7.62mm MG or

                             1 -     152mm  Gun/Launcher (US Prototype)
Engine:              Daimler-Benz, diesel MB-873 or
                             Continental 12cyl air cooled 1495 hp
Speed;               43 mph forward or backward
Range:               404 miles
Weight:               50  tons

This tank is the forerunner to the current M-1 .
It was a joint venture between the Germans and
ourselves and was to be the Main Battle Tank of
the 70's. It was revolutionary in many of its
features, such as the gunlauncher, the suspension,
and the driver in the turret. It was very expensive-
$1.2 million per copy. The current M-1 costs about
$750,000 per copy. Congress canceled the MBT-70
project in 1971 because of the cost.

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