The MBT-70 (German: KPz 70) was a 1960s German-U.S. joint project to develop a new main battle tank,
which was to be equipped with a number of advanced features. It
utilized a newly developed hydropneumatic "kneeling" suspension and
housed the entire crew in the large turret. The MBT-70 was armed with a
152 mm XM-150 gun/launcher, which could use conventional ammunition and the Shillelagh missile for long range combat.
In 1969 the project was well over budget and the Germans withdrew
from the effort, developing a new main battle tank on their own instead
(the Leopard 2).
In the US the development continued for a short time, until in 1971
when Congress cancelled the program. The MBT-70 is the "grandfather" of
the Leopard 2 and the M1 Abrams, the current main battle tanks of both countries.
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