1/600 Scale Modern US Rapid Deployment Force Light Tank.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
Rapid Deployment Force Light Tank
In 1980, the Soviet Empire still remained the enemy of the day for America and her allies. As such, World War 3 would most likely focus in Europe and, like World War 2, rely heavily on mass armor formations fighting for control of key positions. Despite the advent of nuclear weapons, it would most likely remain a conventional war fought with conventional equipment utilizing the latest in technologies. One key ingredient in such a conflict would be rapid response and fluid mobility of forward operating forces and, to this end, the US Army sought to field a lightweight tank that was air-transportable and made ready within minutes of disembarking. This gave rise to the Rapid Deployment Force/Light Tank (RDF/LT) specification requirement of 1980.
- 10x Rapid Deployment Force Light Tanks
In response, AAI Corporation began private development of a light tank hopeful of US Army interest. The initial 14.5-ton (Short) pilot vehicle was given a 76mm main gun in a two-man turret with a complete crew of three - a driver in the front hull and commander and gunner in the compact turret assembly. The main gun sported a double-baffled muzzle brake while 76mm shells were housed at the floor at the front-right of the hull. The engine was situated conventionally at the rear of the design. AAI also developed a modular powerpack arrangement in which repair/replacement could be quickly made through use of extendable rails at the engine compartment - providing the needed access. This prototype was the first of several related prototype vehicles intended for the RDF/LT requirement.
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