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Chieftain
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No: 5526   Contributor: Chris Streckfus   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrong   Country: United States of America
Chieftain

3/4 front view of a U.K. Chieftain Main Battle Tank (FMCV0278 B15) . After being asked about this tank from someone in Europe I inquired about the history of this tank. After returning to the museum and looking for identifying numbers on the tank hull and turret, emailing the curator and conferring with the European researcher it was confirmed. Despite being a British tank this example was one of four that were transferred with the German Army.

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Great Britain
Chieftain (Main Battle Tank)
Initial Production 1963
Combat Weight 59.4 Tons

The Chieftain was the most powerful main battle tank in the NATO arsenal when it appeared in the 1960s. It was armed with a 120mm rifled main gun, two 7.62mm machine guns and a .50 caliber ranging machine gun. The British designers of the Chieftain kept the height of the hull low by creating a reclining position for the driver. The Chieftain had a top road speed of 30 mph and a cruising range of 310 miles.

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Picture added on 26 April 2011 at 19:47
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Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA
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