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Type 74 Main Battle Tank

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The Type 74 (74式戦車 nana-yon-shiki-sensha) is a main battle tank (MBT) of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). It was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a replacement for the earlier Type 61. It was based on the best features of a number of contemporary designs, placing it in the same class as the American M60 Patton IV or German Leopard 1. Like these designs, it mounts the Royal Ordnance L7 105mm/52-caliber gun. The design did not enter widespread use until 1980, by which point other Western forces had introduced more capable designs.

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