Medium Tank M45 (T26E2)

United States of America (1945) Medium Tank – 185 Built In 1945, after a long and convoluted development process, the T26E1 – that lead to the M26 Pershing – entered service, and saw action in the closing months of the Second World War in Europe. The T26/M26 was armed with a powerful, high-velocity 90 mm…

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…

152mm Gun/Launcher M60A2 ‘Starship’

United States of America (1975) Main Battle Tank – 526 Built In the middle of the Cold War, there was some debate regarding the main tank weapon of the future, largely focused on conventional kinetic energy rounds (cannon shell) versus missiles. In 1966, in an effort to utilize both capabilities, General Dynamics Land Systems designed…

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,…

105mm Gun Tank M60

United States of America (1960) Main Battle Tank – 15,000 Built A logical evolution of the M48 The M60 looks, at first glance, very much like the M48 designed five years earlier, and for good reasons. It was nothing more than an evolution of the type but modified too extensively in too many ways to…

90mm Gun Tank M48 Patton III

United States of America (1955) Medium Tank – Around 12,000 Built A real departure from the M47. Third in line to be named after US Army’s ardent promoter of tanks during ww1 and legendary commander during WW2, the M48 was a development of the M47 Patton (or “Patton II”). It was born soon after it…

90mm Gun Tank M47 Patton II

United States of America (1950) Medium Tank – 8,576 Built First real postwar US MBT The M47 was a relatively short-lived MBT (then called “medium tank” created to replace the M46 Patton/M26 Pershing and the M4 Sherman). It was widely produced to fit the needs of the US Army, US Marines, but also NATO nations…