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Cold War US MBTs Has Own Video

105mm Gun Tank M1 Abrams ‘Improved Performance’ (M1IP)

United States of America (1984-2000) Main Battle Tank – 890 Built The Improved Performance M1, often referred to as IPM1 or M1IP, was a stopgap before the introduction of the M1A1 upgraded standard. It was intended to implement some of the features being added on the M1E1 prototype and rush it into a production Abrams […]

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Cold War US MBTs Modern US Armor

M1 Abrams

United States of America (1978) Main Battle Tank – 9,000 Built The American iconic MBT The M1 Abrams eclipsed for the last thirty years all past MBTs to date, including the M48/M60 series. It represented a definitive change in US tank design since World War 2 and was engineered with the crew protection in mind, […]

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Cold War US MBT Prototypes Has Own Video

120mm Gun Tank M1E1 Abrams

United States of America (1979-1985) Main Battle Tank – 14 Built Following the failure of the MBT-70/KPz-70 joint project, the need for a new tank for West Germany and the USA (amongst others) had not gone away. One of the main points of value for those projects was the interchangeability of parts and, even after […]

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Cold War US Vehicles in Foreign Service El Salvadorian Armor

Marenco M114 in El Salvadoran Service

Republic of El Salvador (1976) Armored Fighting Vehicle – 23 Converted Following the invasion of Honduras by El Salvador in July 1969, the nation was placed under a strict arms embargo which lasted until 1979. Many weapons were still obtained during this time, including heavy mortars (UMB-59 120mm heavy mortars) as well as anti-aircraft guns […]

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Cold War US M113 Prototypes

M226 (M113 Cybernetically Coupled Research Vehicle ‘CCRV’)

United States of America (1972-1982) Research Vehicle – 1 Built This science-fiction sounding vehicle was a real project from 1973 by the Stevens Institute of Technology to create a new type of Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) capable of significantly improved cross-country abilities by using the novel means of articulation and force-feedback control. Such ideas have […]

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Cold War US M113 Prototypes

M113A1/2E HOTROD

United States of America (1978-1980) Armored Personnel Carrier – 1 Built By the late 1970s, there was an emerging belief that armor may have had its day. New anti-tank weapons borne by helicopters, infantry, and a new generation of anti-tank missiles, as well as Soviet tank armament, made the US consider if armor was worth […]

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Modern US Engineering Vehicles

M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV)

United States of America (2008) Combat Engineer Vehicle – Estimated 239 Built The Assault Breacher Vehicle or ‘ABV’ is (as of 2018) the United States’ latest Combat Engineering Vehicle or ‘CEV’. It is built on the hull of the US Military’s currently serving Main Battle Tank (MBT), the M1 Abrams. CEVs were a concept made […]

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Modern US Engineering Vehicles

M60A3 Panther & M1 Panther II MDCVs

United States of America (1996) Mine Detection & Clearing Vehicles – 6 of Each Built The most dangerous part of operating a mine-clearing vehicle, is operating a mine-clearing vehicle. Even protected inside an armored vehicle, the crew of such a vehicle could be severely injured or killed when operating in an area heavily saturated with […]

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Modern North Korean Tanks

M-2020

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (2020) Main Battle Tank – At Least 9 Built The date 10th October 2020 marked the 75th Anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), the far-left party of the totalitarian one-party Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). This took place in P’yŏngyang, the North Korean capital, […]

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Cold War Taiwanese Prototypes

Wan Cheng 2/萬乘二

Republic of China (Taiwan) (1975) Fire Support Vehicle – 1 Prototype Built The Republic of China (中華民國), exiled in Taiwan, was a key US ally in East Asia during the Cold War. Following the defeat in mainland China and Hainan during the Chinese Civil War, the Kuomintang political party and Republic of China were able […]