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MBT-70
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Battle8111

Love that tank, to bad it was a engineering nightmare.

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willychong8921
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It is a good Abram substitute in Wargames: European Escalation and Wargames: Airland Battle. But against Soviet tanks with tier 2 ATGM it is sadly undergunned.

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The MBT-70 (German: KPz 70) was a 1960s German-U.S. joint project to develop a new main battle tank, which was to be equipped with a number of advanced features. It utilized a newly developed hydropneumatic "kneeling" suspension and housed the entire crew in the large turret. The MBT-70 was armed with a 152 mm XM-150 gun/launcher, which could use conventional ammunition and the Shillelagh missile for long range combat.

In 1969 the project was well over budget and the Germans withdrew from the effort, developing a new main battle tank on their own instead (the Leopard 2). In the US the development continued for a short time, until in 1971 when Congress cancelled the program. The MBT-70 is the "grandfather" of the Leopard 2 and the M1 Abrams, the current main battle tanks of both countries.

Type Main battle tank
Place of origin United States/ West Germany
Production history
Number built 14 (prototypes and pilots)
Specifications
Weight 50.4 tonnes (49.6 long tons; 55.6 short tons)
Length 9.1 metres (29 ft 10 in)
Width 3.51 metres (11 ft 6 in)
Height 1.99 to 2.59 m (6 ft 6 in to 8 ft 6 in)
Crew 3
Armor spaced armor
Main
armament 152 mm XM-150E5
120 mm gun (FRG only)
Secondary
armament 20 mm cannon
7.62 mm machine gun
Engine
1,500 horsepower (1,100 kW).
Transmission Renk HSWL354
Suspension hydropneumatic
Fuel capacity 1300 litres
Operational
range 644 km
Speed 43 mph (69 km/h)

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