Tanks & Fighting Vehicles

In this section you can learn all about armored transports like tanks and Humvees. Find out what makes them so tough and how they are used in combat situations.

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M-60 Main Battle Tank

The M-60 Main Battle Tank entered production in 1960, developed in response to increasingly advanced Soviet tanks. More than 15,000 of these tanks were manufactured before production ceased in 1987. Explore the M-60 Main Battle Tank.


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During the Cold War, the U.S. and USSR kicked nuclear submarine production into high gear. But if the Cold War is over, why are we still making them? What are our nuclear subs up to these days?

Type 61 Main Battle Tank

The Type 61 Main Battle Tank was the first armored vehicle designed and built in post-war Japan. The Type 61's design is conventional and maybe that's why tank was never exported. Check out the Japanese Type 61 Main Battle Tank at HowStuffWorks.

Type 97 SHINHOTO CHI-HA Medium Tank

Before producing the Type 97 SHINHOTO CHI-HA Medium Tank, Japanese Army observers watched tank developments in Europe and studied as avidly as any other military officer. Read about the history and design of the Type 97 SHINHOTO CHI-HA Medium Tank.

Merkava Main Battle Tank

It was not until 1967 that the Israeli government turned its attention to the creation of a main battle tank, the Merkava. Israel and the surrounding area are either desert or rolling hills, which form ideal tank country. Read about the Merkava tank.

Type 95 KE-GO Light Tank

The most ubiquitous of all Imperial Japanese tanks was the Type 95 KE-GO Light Tank. The Type 89 was intended to be a light tank, but armor and the 57mm gun raised it to medium class and made it very slow. Read about the Type 95 KE-GO Light Tank.

The Stridsvagn 103 Main Battle Tank

The Stridsvagn 103 Main Battle Tank, or S tank, is the first practical turretless MBT to be developed. The low profile makes the tank hard to see when moving and very hard to find when lying in ambush. Check out the Stridsvagn 103 Main Battle Tank.

Japanese Type 89 Chi-Ro Medium Tank

The Type 89 CHI-RO tank was suited to fight a war where the enemy was infantry equipped with small arms, machine guns, and a few larger guns. It was this type of war that the CHI-RO fought in the 1930s. Check out design of the Type 89 CHI-RO tank.

Is the army testing an invisible tank?

Scientists are working on a cloaking method that would render tanks effectively invisible. New metamaterials may bend light, making the tank and its shadow indiscernible.

Historic Tanks

Tanks are armored military vehicles designed to break through enemy lines. However, as time has passed, tanks can be just about anything that the designer wants it to be. Check out profiles of historical tanks with photos and specifications.

Infantry Tank Mark II A-12

The Infantry Tank Mark II A-12, or Matilda II, signified a change in Britain's thinking about tanks. Fortunately, this change in tank design came just in time for the start of World War II. Learn about the Infantry Tank Mark II A-12.