BAE Systems unveils prototype of Expeditionary Light Tank at Fort Benning Expo

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BAE Systems unveiled a new prototype of Expeditionary Light Tank Air Deployable Tank at the  Fort Benning Expo.

At the 2016 Fort Benning Expo, BAE Systems will be highlighting the newest technologies in electronic systems, combat vehicles, body armor and more Expeditionary Light Tank.

The Expeditionary Light Tank is an improved version of the M8 AGS (Armoured Gun System) designed and manufactured by the Company BAE Systems. Following an international competition, in mid-1992 the US Army selected the FMC Corporation, Ground Systems.

According to www.armyrecognition.com, the BAE Systems Expeditionary Light Tank (ELT) is based on the Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) hull. The ELT layout is similar to the M8 AGS with the driver position at the front, the turret in the middle and powerpack at the rear. Several stowage boxes are mounted to the right side of the vehicle. At the rear part of the turret there is a trapdoor to eject empty cartridge case.

The light version of ELT is made on all-welded aluminium armour which provides protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. This version is designed for rapid deployment force and can be airdropped with a weight of 18,000 kg. The ELT can be fitted with two armour package.

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