The United States Army has placed an initial order with the Chrysler Corporation for 352 new battle tanks.
GV & SV XM-1 tank cruising on open terrain (4 shots)
SV Tank moving along and firing
AYLWARD: "The army's decision to go ahead with its plans to purchase the XM-1 tank represents a decided boost to the beleaguered Chrysler Corporation. The controversial XM-1 had suffered some setbacks in earlier testing, but according to military experts the new tanks has perfected. Powered by a turbine engine, similar to those used in jet planes, the XM-1 can accelerate to twenty miles an hour in about six seconds and can achieve speeds of up to 45 miles an hour on highway travel and thirty miles an hour across open country. It has an operating range of about 275 miles. The initial order calls for 352 tanks this fiscal year at a cost of nine hundred thousand will increase to one thousand a year by 1983.
"Its laser beam sights, in conjunction with an onboard computer, will make the XM-1 the most advanced tank in the world. Bill Aylward, NBC News, Washington."
REPORTER: BILL AYLWARD (NBC)
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Background: The United States Army has placed an initial order with the Chrysler Corporation for 352 new battle tanks. After nine years of development and prototype testing, the Pentagon and chrysler have signed a long term contract for the production of the new XM-1. The army claims the new machine is superior to present Soviet models. NBC's Bill Aylward reports.