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The U.S. Army is carrying out an aggressive development program to produce a new, lightweight composite armor for its next generation tank. This vehicle, part of the FCS (Future Combat System) series of vehicles, will weigh under 30 tons. The current U.S. tank, the M-1, weighs 70 tons. Composite armor was invented in Britain during the 1980s, but British developers soon found that layers of different metals and ceramics made the armor lighter and more resistant to penetration by solid shot or HEAT shells. As a result of this discovery, the U.S. added a layer of depleted uranium to its composite armor and produced the most penetration resistant tank armor ever.

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