main battle tank

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USA, 1955, main +‎ battle (n. attr.) +‎ tank.

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main battle tank (plural main battle tanks)

  1. The primary tank of a country or armed forces.
  2. (military) A tank with a good balance of firepower, cross-country mobility, and armoured protection, and therefore capable of carrying out the roles of breakthrough, exploitation and infantry support.

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