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A tank is a tracked, armored fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat.

Models

Chimera

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Gameplay article: Operation: Anchorage

The Chimera is a co-opted mining rig that has been weaponized and armored by the Chinese to serve on the Alaskan front.[1] Described as bigger and tougher than any tank in the American arsenal, the Chimera was fitted with multiple long range weapons and armor.[1]

Main battle tank

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Gameplay articles: Fallout 4, Fallout 76

This type of heavy duty tank was utilized by the United States Armed Forces before the Great War. What remains of these tanks can still be found throughout the Commonwealth and Appalachia. The nuclear-powered tank was comprised of steel with two 140mm cannons on a single turret mounted on the top.[Non-game 1] The tank weighed 60 tons which made it susceptible to sinking in marshlands and other soft terrains. The tank required a key to start, but a skilled person could hotwire a tank without it.[2][Non-game 1]

Mentioned-only models

Chinese tanks

Gameplay articles: none (mentioned in Fallout Bible, Fallout Shelter, Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel)

The People's Republic of China also employed tanks, which found their match in 2067 in the form of American T-45 power armor units.[Non-game 2][Non-game 3]

IS-2

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Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout)

The IS-2 was the heavy tank of the Soviet Union's Red Army in the late stages of World War II. The entire IS tank line was developed as a replacement of the aging and outdated KV tank series. Lighter, faster, and harder hitting than the old KVs, the IS was equipped with a 122mm gun capable of penetrating any German tank or fortification it came across and was primarily used as a breakthrough tank in assaults.

Mark VIII tank

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Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout 4)

Retaining many of the features of the Mark One through Five tank series, the Mark Eight nonetheless introduced a number of changes to the design, the most important of which was the introduction of compartmentalization, separating the working engine from the crew, shielding them against noise, fumes, and heat. Otherwise, it was a typical First World War line tank: Huge, slow - top speed was just 5.25 mph (8 km/h) - and poorly armored, though with a pair of 57mm guns it could project excellent firepower. It was originally intended for the 1919 offensive against the Central Powers, with initial production runs fielded in Europe as soon as possible, but delays caused it to enter service after the capitulation of the Central Powers.

M46 Patton

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Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout 4)

The M46 Patton[Non-game 4] started its life as an upgrade of the M26 Pershing and eventually developed into a new type of tank - one of the main medium tanks of the United States in the early stages of the Cold War (1949-1950s). Restricted primarily to United States service, its key upgrade was the replacement of the original power plant, a new transmission and the 90mm M3A1 gun with bore extractor. Its only known period of service was during the Korean War.[Non-game 5]

Old type tank

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Gameplay article: none (mentioned in Fallout 3)

The United States military utilized modern, conventional main battle tanks as late as 2066.[1] It can be seen in a photograph from 2066 showing American troops moving against the Chinese in Alaska.[Non-game 6] It should be noted, however, that this is a slightly modified photo of a M46 Patton from the Korean War[Non-game 7] which has had a second tank added to it, and only appears once as a 2066 tank on a newspaper in a Fallout 3 official trailer.

Non-canon

Tank

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Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The tank is a pre-War combat vehicle which has been heavily modified over the years. Unlike other Fallout Tactics vehicles it possesses a weapon, a tank gun, which deals 50 to 120 damage with a range of 50. There is a Brotherhood of Steel insignia on its side.

Notes

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Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lone Wanderer: "What exactly IS a Chimera?"
    Lieutenant Thomas Morgan: "Put simply, its co-opted mining rig that's been changed into a armored vehicle - bigger and tougher than any tank we have in our arsenal. The Chinese fitted the vehicle with multiple weapons, reinforced the armor and outfitted them for longer range."
    (Lieutenant Thomas Morgan's dialogue)
  2. Bogged down
  3. Raul Tejada: "Do you often go toe-to-toe with guys dressed as tanks, boss? That might not be great for your life expectancy."
    (Raul Tejada's dialogue)

Non-game

  1. 1.0 1.1 Modiphius vehicle description
    "This battlefield behemoth is an example of one of the US Army’s pre-war main battle tanks and one of the most powerful vehicles to ever rumble through the wasteland. Powered by a nuclear engine, its single turret design boasts a twin pair of heavy duty 140mm main cannons which it can use to demolish all but the most formidable of assailants in a single salvo. Weighing in at a monster 60 tons, its mass makes it unsuitable for use in soft terrain, but otherwise it’s a steel beast which dominates conventional battlefields. Modelled on the M46 Patton tank last used by the US Army in the conflicts of the mid to late twentieth century, several abandoned examples can be found scattered across the Wasteland and if you’re fortunate to find a working model it can be hotwired and restored to full capacity with a minimum of fuss. Woe betide your foes, if you succeed and one of these leviathans ever becomes fully operational again."
  2. Fallout Bible 0: "2067 The first suit of Power Armor is deployed in Alaska. While lacking the full mobility of future versions, this Power Armor is incredibly effective against Chinese tanks and infantry. Its ability to carry heavy ordinance becomes key in various localized conflicts, and it has the power to destroy entire towns without endangering the wearer. China rushes to create its own versions, but they are many years behind the United States."
  3. Fallout Shelter item description: "Deployed pre-War against Chinese tanks. That's right – tanks."
    (T-45d power armor (Fallout Shelter))
  4. Reference image for the mural
  5. M46 Patton history on Wikipedia.
  6. Original image was used as a photograph on the prop newspaper in the trailer.
  7. History of Tanks post on twitter

Non-canon

  1. Modiphius vehicle description: "This battlefield behemoth is an example of one of the US Army’s pre-war main battle tanks and one of the most powerful vehicles to ever rumble through the wasteland. Powered by a nuclear engine, its single turret design boasts a twin pair of heavy duty 140mm main cannons which it can use to demolish all but the most formidable of assailants in a single salvo. Weighing in at a monster 60 tons, its mass makes it unsuitable for use in soft terrain, but otherwise it’s a steel beast which dominates conventional battlefields. Modelled on the M46 Patton tank last used by the US Army in the conflicts of the mid to late twentieth century, several abandoned examples can be found scattered across the Wasteland and if you’re fortunate to find a working model it can be hotwired and restored to full capacity with a minimum of fuss. Woe betide your foes, if you succeed and one of these leviathans ever becomes fully operational again."
  2. Chris Avellone on Twitter August 11, 2011: "@ChrisAvellone In Fallout Bible, it mentions that NCR have a cav. division, but also says that horses died out. Could you please explain?
    "@Francis1605 Fallout Bible is no longer canon, but when I first wrote it, it meant mechanized cav. (a FEW scav tanks and jeeps)."
  3. Fallout Bible 0: "2067 The first suit of Power Armor is deployed in Alaska. While lacking the full mobility of future versions, this Power Armor is incredibly effective against Chinese tanks and infantry. Its ability to carry heavy ordinance becomes key in various localized conflicts, and it has the power to destroy entire towns without endangering the wearer. China rushes to create its own versions, but they are many years behind the United States."
  4. Fallout Shelter item description: "Deployed pre-War against Chinese tanks. That's right – tanks."
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