This Well-armored Brazilian tank that can can withstand attacks, while administering substantial damage.
Historical Description[edit | edit source]
the private Brazilian firm Engesa saw a market opportunity for main battle tanks in the early 1980s. Saudi Arabia was looking for a new tank, and Brazil's army was interested as well. The design for the EE T-1 Osorio was conventional in most ways although not based on any existing chassis. Its composite armor was light but highly effective, it sported a machine gun and a smoothbore main, and its zoomed along roads at upwards of 40 mph. thus it combined protection, firepower, and mobility.
In 1989 the Osorio's export variant, the EE-T2, won a tank competition held by Saudia Arabia. This was all the more impressive considering that it beat out successful main battle tanks like the American M1 Abrams and the British Challenger 1. The Saudi government therefore agreed to purchase over 300 Osorios. However, out of gratitude for U.S. intervention during the Gulf War, the Saudis later canceled the order in favor of the M1. Suddenly without its main buyer, Engesa went bankrupt, and the Osorio never entered full production.
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