Development of 120-mm Gun Tank, T43E1
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ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC
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The military characteristics originally established for the T43 included a maximum gross weight of 55 tons, a maximum length of 275 inches for the tank itself, and a ground pressure of 11.3 psi. The main armament was to be a 120-mm gun with quick-change tube mounted in a sloped turret on an elliptical hull the designs of both turret and hull were to be worked out so as to present a minimum area of flat surface to enemy fire. As the development proceeded, many changes were made in both the characteristics and the design developed to meet them for the most part, they were introduced to improve different features of the tank, to facilitate its transportation, and to reduce production problems to a minimum. In recognition of these changes, in July 1952 the item was redesignated the T43E1 120-mm gun tank.
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