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==Missile armed tanks==
 
==Missile armed tanks==
 
[[File:M551 Sheridan.jpg|thumb|The U.S. [[M551 Sheridan]] was an amphibious air-mobile light tank with a 152 mm gun/missile launcher.]]
 
[[File:M551 Sheridan.jpg|thumb|The U.S. [[M551 Sheridan]] was an amphibious air-mobile light tank with a 152 mm gun/missile launcher.]]
During the latter half of the 20th century, some tanks were armed with [[ATGM]]s (Anti-Tank Guided Missiles) which could be launched through a [[smoothbore]] or (in the case of "Shillelagh") a rifled main gun barrel with a provision to prevent imparting "spin" to the missile. In the U.S., the M60A2, [[M551 Sheridan]], and prototype MBT-70, with 152 mm barrel/launchers used the [[MGM-51 Shillelagh|Shillelagh]] infrared-guided missile.
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During the latter half of the 20th century, some tanks were armed with [[ATGM]]s (Anti-Tank Guided Missiles) which could be launched through a [[smoothbore]] or (in the case of "Shillelagh") a rifled main gun barrel with a provision to prevent imparting "spin" to the missile. In the U.S., the M60A2, [[M551 Sheridan]], and prototype MBT-70, with 152 mm barrel/launchers used the [[MGM-51 Shillelagh|Shillelagh]] [[infrared]]-guided missile.
   
 
The MBT-70 was cancelled prior to production due to high cost, and superseded by the [[M1 Abrams]], which used a conventional gun. The M551 and the M60A2 were widely considered disappointing due to problems of overall complexity, sensitive advanced electrical systems (some components of which involved the Shillelagh guidance system) and issues related to the conventional rounds with combustible cases, though the Sheridan would serve into the 1990s before finally being withdrawn. The M60A2's were eventually replaced by M60A3s using conventional 105 mm guns.
 
The MBT-70 was cancelled prior to production due to high cost, and superseded by the [[M1 Abrams]], which used a conventional gun. The M551 and the M60A2 were widely considered disappointing due to problems of overall complexity, sensitive advanced electrical systems (some components of which involved the Shillelagh guidance system) and issues related to the conventional rounds with combustible cases, though the Sheridan would serve into the 1990s before finally being withdrawn. The M60A2's were eventually replaced by M60A3s using conventional 105 mm guns.

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