The United States/Federal Republic of Germany Main Battle Tank Program: A Pioneering Effort in International Development 680534

The United States and the Federal Republic of Germany have under joint development a new Main Battle Tank (MBT-70) which brings together for the first time several component improvements, some of which press the state-of-the-art, to yield advances in the track-laying combat vehicle field. The challenges of performing this task even on a unilateral basis would be classified as a major accomplishment.
This joint program started “right at the beginning” which involved formulization of joint military characteristics, managerial and technical operating procedures, standards, and a glossary of equal or similar terms; all in addition to concepts, mock-ups, detail design, hardware fabrication, and tests.
The degree of planning and cooperation required had never before been achieved. The new vehicle which evolved, the technical management aspects, and the new mobility and firepower features -- all represent significant achievements.


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