Mark Kubiak’s M-16

United States of America (1962) Self-Propelled Gun – Proposal Only In 1962, an up and coming tank designer drew up plans for a new type of fighting vehicle. Ostensibly a self-propelled gun, the design was closer to a hybrid between an assault gun and a Vietnam gun truck, with the forward half of the vehicle …

M998 GLH-L ‘Ground Launched Hellfire – Light’

United States of America (1987-1991) Missile Tank Destroyer – 5 Built The AGM-114 ‘Hellfire’ missile was developed by the US Army specifically to counter modern Soviet main battle tanks in a potential clash of superpowers during a Cold War-turned-hot scenario. Thankfully for all concerned, such a conflict did not erupt, the Cold War ending with …

M113 / M901 GLH-H ‘Ground Launched Hellfire – Heavy’

United States of America (1990-1991) Missile Tank Destroyer – 1 Built The AGM-114 ‘Hellfire’ missile was developed by the US Army specifically to counter modern Soviet main battle tanks in a potential clash of superpowers. Thankfully for all concerned, such a conflict did not erupt, the Cold War ending with the collapse of the Soviet …

Moon ‘Tanks’ and Lunar Combat

United States of America (1958-1967) Lunar Vehicle Concepts – None Built Following the defeat of Germany in 1945, the two former allies and ‘superpowers’, the United States and the Soviet Union, began a decades-long confrontation and global competition which became known as the Cold War. The United States, assisted by its allies, such as Great …

19.5 ton Electric Drive Future Combat Vehicle (E.D.F.C.V.)

United States of America (1984-1987) Combat Vehicle – Models Only In 1984, the US military was considering the problems connected with a new range of vehicles, such as the M1 Abrams main battle tank and the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). As part of the evaluation of trends in future vehicles, a commission was …

FMC Howitzer Improvement Program (HIP)

United States of America (1979-1983) Self-Propelled Gun – None Built FMC HIP design. Source: Janes The SPG deficit The United States had, by the 1970s, realized that the majority of their artillery was aging rapidly or just out of date. Open topped, slow, vulnerable, based on obsolete chassis, the existing self-propelled guns (SPG’s) in service …

LVTP-77 Cybernetically Coupled Amphibian & Articulated LVT

United States of America (1966) Research Vehicle – 1 Built Ideas about coupling vehicles together and of an articulated body for fighting vehicles are as old as tanks themselves. Coupling two vehicles together offers the designer some significant benefits for mobility and design for a variety of roles, one of which was with amphibian tanks. …

Composite M2 Bradley IFV

United States of America (1983-1992) Infantry Fighting Vehicle – 1 Turret & Hull Built The pressure on armored vehicle designers to keep down weight without compromising protection or performance is great. Much focus has been made on moving away from traditional steel armor to aluminium or even titanium and ceramics as an alternative. Whilst these …

Assault Amphibian Personnel Carrier LVTPX-12

United States of America (1964-1982) Amphibious Landing Vehicle – 15 Built The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has, as core element of its role, the task of assaulting enemy-held coastlines. In order to fulfill this obligation, they required a form of transport that could get them from the landing ship off the coast to shore …

M109 Maxi-PIP Howitzer Improvement Program

United States of America (1979-1984) Self-Propelled Gun – 1 Prototype Built During the mid-1970s, the US Military determined that there was a need to update, replace or overhaul their existing and aging fleet of self-propelled guns (SPG). The focus was on the replacement of the M109 SPG and several options were available. The US Army …