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Expeditionary tank
Expeditionary Tank.jpg
Expeditionary Tank prototype
Type Light tank
Place of origin  United States
Production history
Manufacturer General Dynamics
Weight 19 tons, 30 tons with Appliqué armor
Length 7 meters
Width 3.6 meters
Height 2.8 meters
Crew 3

105 mm M68 gun
MAG, M-60D (C)
Engine Cummins VTA-903T 8-cylinder diesel
Transmission HMPT-500 hydromechanical transmission

The Expeditionary tank was a Unites States light tank developed alongside the M1 Abrams in the 1980's by Teledyne Vehicle Systems (now General Dynamics Land Systems).



In the late seventies Teledyne Vehicle Systems carried out several studies on a highly mobile light tracked vehicle, which could be used for a variety of tasks. The in-house trials lasted from 1980 to 1981. 1982, a detailed design had been decided on. The first prototype was completed in December 1983, the turret was completed mid-1984. In October of the year took place in the Nevada test center mobility and reliability testing, in April 1985 the chassis and turret were united. A month later, in May, was the overall in the U.S. Army Armor Conference at Fort Knox presented for the first time. A 1986 test firing took place. After the program had proved to be a complete success, it was discontinued.




The tank would be transported by a C-130 or C-141. To ensure a high level of protection despite the low weight of the front end of the vehicle there was a "Panzerbox" (armored nose box), behind it is the drive block, behind the crew. The vehicle is operated by a three-man crew, all sitting in the tub. The driver sits front and left, behind the first wheel. The tank is equipped with a double bottom in order to increase the probability of survival in mine accidents.

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