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No: 7241   Contributor: USDoD   Year: 1970   Manufacturer: GMC / Allison   Country: United States of America

American prototype MBT-70 at Aberdeen Proving Ground speed tests.
Picture added on 15 September 2011 at 17:35
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Note that the driver is in the turret. He was in a stabilized cupola so when the turret was traversed he would reamain facing to the front.

Added by Mark Holloway on 16 September 2011.
looking at the gun, it looks similar to the one in he M551, ie conventonal munitions and ATGW.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 16 September 2011.
From what I've gathered the American version had a 152mm gun/launcher that fired the same ammo as the M551 but also fired a sabot round. The German version mounted a 120mm gun. The American MBT70/XM803 mounted an IR transmitter for the Shillelagh missile atop the gun mantle. Since this photo doesn't show that I'm assuming it's the German version with the 120mm gun.

Added by Mark Holloway on 17 September 2011.
An XM803 is shown in picture #4830. You can see the IR transmitter on the gun mantle in the photo. The XM803 lacked the 20mm cannon that was found on the MBT70.

Added by Mark Holloway on 17 September 2011.
according to the book "Die Rad- und Kettenfahrzeuge der Bundeswehr 1956 bis heute" (recommended reading!), the German KPz70 prototypes were also fitted with the 152mm gun/launcher.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 17 September 2011.
I found a photo of one that was supposed to have a 120mm smoothbore cannon. Apparently the Germans had their prototypes, the Americans had their prototypes and then there was the one they built together. I think the Germans tried the 120mm and 152mm as well as an MTU gas turbine engine. Hard to find info on these.

Added by Mark Holloway on 18 September 2011.
I found another photo showing the IR transmitter for the Shillelagh Missile relocated to the left side of the turret. So this must be a 152mm. Although I've found references to a German version with 120mm gun I haven't found any pictures of it.

Added by Mark Holloway on 18 September 2011.
I've just read that the later German prototypes WERE fitted with the Rheinmetall 120mm smoothbore gun. Two prototypes *from 7) are still in existence, one in Koblenz and the other in Munster (Tank Museum). Both, however, are earlier versions with the 152mm gun/launcher. I believe that two versions still exist in the USA, one at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and the other in Fort Knox. 7 prototypes were also produced in the USA.

Added by Roger Greenaway on 19 September 2011.
A photo would be quite rare :-)

Added by Mark Holloway on 19 September 2011.
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