The Chieftain’s Hatch: Unmanned Patton

hatchlogoOver at his corner of the World of Tanks forum, Nicholas “The Chieftain” Moran has posted a new article about an attempt to make a remote control tank back in 1956.  The project involved an M48A1 tank equipped with a variety of video cameras, remote control devices and electronics at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.  A good number of pictures are included in the report.  As could be guess given the state of the technology of the day, the experiment was not all together successful.   All in all, a very ambitious project considering how new TV technology was in the mid 50’s.

Be sure to check it out at “The Chieftains Hatch.”


  1. Apparently the Brits were experimenting with radio-controlled tanks as early as 1942
    and the Soviets in the 1930s


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