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M61 Eisenhower 'Grizzly' MBT by PaintFan08 M61 Eisenhower 'Grizzly' MBT by PaintFan08
M61 Eisenhower Main Battle Tank

Crew: 4
Country: United States of America
Other Users: European Alliance, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt
Builder: Chrysler Defense

Armament: 1x M68A1 105mm
1x M2 12.7mm HMG (Turreted)
2x M204 7.62mm MGs (1x COAX)

By the end of the Second World War the United States was equipped with a mix of M4 Sherman II tanks and heavier M48 Patton MBTs. The M48 continued to be upgraded through the 1950s and early 60s. However by the late 1960s the U.S. Army was concerned that their armor was falling behind the curve. Beginning in 1965 the European Alliance introduced a series of new tanks. These were better armored, armed, and ahead electronically then the latest Patton tanks. Not to mention Soviet rearmament had been ongoing since the early 60s.

Worried about how the M48 would compare to the Chieftains, Leopards, and Soviet ‘Rhinos’ the Defense Department announced that it would hold a competition for a new MBT in 1966. After much debate and testing Chrysler’s XM61 was chosen. The M61 had many improvements compared to the M48. New composite armor, electronics, and crew survival systems were incorporated into the design, named for General Eisenhower. A new feature of the M61 was a separate ammo compartment that kept the crew away from the tank’s explosive ammunition (a feature in all of the European tanks and new to the T-64). Blow out panels and thick blast doors protected the crew in the event of a penetrating hit on that compartment. Fire suppression systems were also built into the engine and turret.

The 105mm cannon that armed the Grizzly, was a licensed copy of the British L7. An innovative feature of this new gun was a stabilization system. This allowed the Eisenhower to fire while on the move. Room was left in the turret for new technological upgrades in the future. The first fleet of M61s was armed with simple low light night fighting systems, but replacing these with new thermal sights coming online in the next decade was very easy. The tank commander had his own controllable turret armed with a M2 HMG that could be targeted with a periscope and sight. It also allowed the TC to fire his MG under cover.

After its production went into full swing the M61 was fully equipped to the 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Armored Division. It is not known how but the tankers of both heavy divisions christened the new tank the ‘Grizzly’. The name stuck perhaps because it was easier to say in than Eisenhower. Crews enjoyed the fire on the move ability of the M61 along with its high powered engine. However the speed was also achieved by less armor. The special composite nature of the armor did provide better protection then just steel, but this lack would become a weakness in the next war.

Grizzly tanks found themselves in combat only hours after the Soviet invasion of the United States in June of 1975. Eisenhowers from Fort Hood and other military bases in Texas ran head first into Red Army T-64 ‘Rhino’ tanks with their powerful 125mm cannons. It was quickly discovered that while the Grizzly had fine frontal protection, it had weaker side protection that could be penetrated by the Rhino’s main weapon. The Grizzly could move faster though and shoot while moving, something the Rhino lacked.

Despite weaknesses to the Soviet T-64s and even more powerful T-72 Apocalypse tanks, the Grizzly could hold its own against larger Soviet numbers. Shoot and scoot became the motto of American tankers. Quickly moving from defense positions and killing Russian tanks on the move. The Grizzly’s deadly ability increased with the introduction of thermal sights and depleted uranium shells for their 105mm guns. Combined with a new ballistic computer and laser range finders, the technological gap between the Soviets and the American forces grew, in the USA’s favor.

As war production swung into full swing, the U.S. was able to supply export M61 Grizzlies to the European Allies. Poland who used a mix of equipment received a large number of M61s and used them in the defense and counterattack launched by the Europeans. The Grizzly would serve through the entirety of the Third World War. Many M61 crews received fame and awards throughout the war. M61A1s have been sold too many other nations to equip their armed forces.

The latest Grizzly models are being upgraded with a 120mm cannon and new armor of British design. These with additional electronic upgrades will allow the M61 to continue to match any other tank around the world.

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Okay this is my take on the Grizzly Tank from Red Alert 2. Once again I’ve adopted to do it as a real vehicle instead of the cartoonier version. I based it heavily on the M1 Abrams but kept many similarities of the M60A3. The most notable Patton feature on the Grizzly is the TC command turret with built in M2 HMG. It is armed with the same 105mm cannon that the first line of M-1 tanks had. Not sure what AFV of the Red Alert Universe I might do next.

Comments are appreciated!
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:iconwulf-1045:
WULF-1045 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
I think you should make a Leopard 3 because the worlds best tank today is the German Leopard 2a6 go look on youtube Leopard 2a6 Discovery channel
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spartan2spec Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
cool
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noder23 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
nice

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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Thx!
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:iconrkraptor70:
rkraptor70 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist
How much it weights?
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Lighter armor than say an M60 Patton or M1A1 so maybe forty tons. One standard of Red Alert is that Allied tanks were always less armored than Soviet models.
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
A very nice design and story. :)
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:iconpaintfan08:
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Thanks I love doing the history bits as much as the art.
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Very nice job dude what kind of suspension does it have?
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:iconpaintfan08:
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Something similar to the M60 or M1
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Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Ah tortion bar very nice pick
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SpyFreakM16 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student Artist
wud u use to create it?
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:iconpaintfan08:
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Paint and GIMP a free photoshop like program.
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:iconromanov302:
romanov302 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Put 'em to the ground!
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:iconpaintfan08:
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconromanov302:
romanov302 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nyet problema! Grizzly attacking target!
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95ACgrfs1228 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student General Artist
High Speed, Low Drag...

Not the strongest tank but they are a great distraction for my real final attack against the soviets...

(brings in a huge squadron of Black Eagles to bomb the enemy base while they're busy dealing with ground troops, and brings in an army of F-18s from 4 Aircraft Carriers to help the Black Eagles do their job quickly)

YOU ARE VICTORIOUS

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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Glad you like it!
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:iconthejoeybird:
TheJoeybird Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am enjoying these realistic renditions of Red Alerts vehicles very in depth history.
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:iconpaintfan08:
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Thanks dude, the IFV is up next!
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:iconcerebralerror:
CerebralError Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist
I really like these designs, I love the realistic take you've given to the RA2 mechanized units. You should try giving the Mirage Tank a try.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Thanks might give the Mirage tank a try in the future. The only problem I have is the stealth ability, a bit hard to explain. I know I have for example the Tesla tank and Prism tank but those can be based on actual weapons like DEWs. I'll give it some thought and see what I might come up with.
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CerebralError Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Yeah, I was wondering how that would fit in with your realistic take on the universe. Maybe make it less of an 'invisible' tank, and more of a stealth tank? Kind of like an armored F-117 on land?

Or, you could always try designing the Soviet amphibious lander. That was always a design that made me go 'What?'
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Well the landing craft for RA2 were all hovercraft which both the Soviets and the USA developed in real life. Unless your talking about RA3, do the Soviets have an odd amphib vehicle in that one?
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CerebralError Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Nah, I was talking about the ones in RA2. Just the 'twin cushion' design looked odd, and I wasn't sure how stable they would be in practice.
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Marine-dude Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
"Red Killer" awesome
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:iconpaintfan08:
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Thanks!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
What a fun alternate history, what a neat idea for an AFV. Very worth the time to see, and draw.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Thanks there is also alternate history for the T-64 Rhino, Tesla Tank, Prism Tank, and other RA2 vehicles.
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VickersIndependent Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
It might be a 1,500HP American ACVR or an update of the M48's engine AVDS-1790-10 vs the older AVDS-1790-2A which only gave 750HP. It's power to weight might be in the area of 27HP per tonne,which is fast.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Sure :-)

It's obvious you know more about the technical engine side than me.
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VickersIndependent Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
What's its weight and engine and power to weight ratio?
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:iconpaintfan08:
PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Hmm to be honest don't really think much about that part of the design. Since its supposed to be a cross between the M60A3 and M1 Abrams it is probably similar to those two.
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DR2525 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
-Oberst- The Apoc system of turning (im my mind anyways) is that the four tracks are in self linked pods (like the Mammoth in C&C3) but each pod is also capable of rotating in the X and Y axis. Thus if the Apoc stopped and then articulated the pods (front ones toe in and rear ones toe out) and then moved the tracks (Portside tracks forward rotate, Starboard tracks reverse) it could make a 360* right turn without moving in any direction and with minimal track wear.

-PaintF-Great pic and intel, Soviet Power Supreme!
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Oberst-Von-Grobel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Someone needs to Voxel-ize these so we can put them in RA2.

I love the amount of detail you put into both the tank itself, and the backstory. It makes me giddy, frankly, because I like knowing the cool little technical details.

I wish to see what your rendition of the Apocalypse tank is, too. I feel you might need to provide a frontal or top view, though, so we can see the likes of those nice cannons, and if you decide to pursue the twin-cannon nature of the unit, or a more plausible single-barrel design.
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Thanks a lot Oberst!

Since it is only a profile I try do a lot of detail to make it worth while. Writing the fake background to each AFV is one of the best things. I love those military channel or history channel weapon shows where to do something similar.

For the Apocalypse I was going to do a top down view of the turret as well as the profile. Since the double cannon is a signature part of the tank I will probably include it in the final design. The Apocalypse will be a blend of the T-72 and T-80.

Thanks for the feedback.
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Oberst-Von-Grobel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I also wonder - yet doubt - if you'll incorperate the four-tread cassis common to the Mammoth series. (Since you also gave the Rhino a 125mm gun, I assume the Apoc will get a pair of 140 or 152mm cannons, right?)
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PaintFan08 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
For sure it will not have four treads. Seems overly complicated and asking for something to break. The question of caliber is one I have thought about. Originally was thinking about doing just twin 125s, however maybe a higher caliber would be better. One of the traits my Apoc will have tube launched missiles.
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Oberst-Von-Grobel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, four treads was tried in Real Life, in the form of a successful experimental tank, which I forget what it was called. The treads were side-by-side, though. (How exactly would you turn with a trackbase like the Apoc's, anyway?)

Also, though it may remove the AA abilities, might you consider the Apoc having a Gun Missile System?
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rkraptor70 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist
It's called obyekt 279. Here: [link]

Anyway I'm against the Idea of removing the AA ability. North Korean P'okp'ung-ho features 9K38 Igla on turret ( [link] ) so why shouldn't the Apoc have AA abilities?
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Oberst-Von-Grobel Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True. Also, the image floating around of a T-72(I think?) with a pair of 23mm cannons fitted to the sides of the turret.

Though that might serve more as an inspiration for the Overlord more than the Apocalypse.
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rkraptor70 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist
You're probably thinking about the Slovakian T-72M1 "Moderna". It had two 20mm Oerlikon Contraves KAA-001 cannon on side of the turret for air defense.

Here: [link]
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