The American AA1 Rapid Deployment Force Light

The American AA1 Rapid Deployment Force Light

The AA1 Corporation who produced the HSTV(L) for the US Armies Tank-Automotive Research and Development Command went on to market the vehicle as the RDF/LT around 1983 as an air-transportable tank for Airborne operations. It was offered with a 76mm main gun instead of the original 75mm (which had export restrictions outside of NATO member countries) with a slightly heavier 2 man turret and a diesel engine. It was trialled in South America, but failed to arract any orders and the project ended around the mid 80’s.

Spec’s

Armament: x1 76mm main gun / x1 7.62mm MG
Armour: Unknown
Crew: 3
Dimensions: Length 7.34m (including gun) / Width 2.54m / Height 2.24m
Weight: 13.2 tonne
Engine: General Motors 6V-53T 6-cylinder turbo-charged 770hp diesel
Speed: 64km/h
Range: 500km’s

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