Multipurpose Tank

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Multipurpose Tank
A Multipurpose Tank in Destroy All Monsters
Targets Godzilla, Rodan, Manda, Anguirus
First appearance Latest appearance
Destroy All Monsters Godzilla vs. Megalon

The Multipurpose Tank (多目的戦車,   Tamokuteki Sensha) is a fictional tank which appeared in the 1968 Toho film Destroy All Monsters.

Name[edit | edit source]

The tanks are called either 多目的戦車 (Tamokuteki Sensha)[1] or 多用途戦車 (Tayōto Sensha)[2] in Japanese, though both translate to "Multipurpose Tank."

History[edit | edit source]

Showa era[edit | edit source]

Destroy All Monsters[edit | edit source]

The Multipurpose Tanks first launched a long-range attack against a mind-controlled Godzilla, Rodan, and Manda as they raided Tokyo, to little effect. Later, they were part of a United Nations force which moved on the Kilaak base at Izu. Godzilla and Anguirus quickly intercepted them and forced them to retreat after destroying several Multipurpose Tanks.

Weapons[edit | edit source]

200mm cannon[edit | edit source]

The tank has a 200mm central cannon[3] which appeared to be nearly impossible to overheat.

160mm rocket launchers[edit | edit source]

The main cannon was flanked on both sides by twin 160mm rocket launchers[3] that could fire in quicker succession, helping provide constant fire between the main cannon's shots.

Dual missiles[edit | edit source]

The tanks were armed on the top with a rack capable of launching two yellow-tipped missiles.

Radar dish[edit | edit source]

The tanks were armed with a radar dish on the right side of the top, near the missile launcher.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Multipurpose Tank. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Ozawa et al. 2018, p. 121.
  2. Nomura 2014, p. 183.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Matsumoto 2003, pp. 114-115

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Ozawa, Ryoko; Murai, Shugo; Imai, Atsushi; Nakamura, Satoshi; Tomoi, Kento; Shimazaki, Jun, eds. (20 July 2018). All Toho Mechanic Pictorial Book (2nd ed.). Yosensha. ISBN 978-4-8003-1461-1.
  • Nomura, Kohei (7 August 2014). Godzilla Dictionary [New Edition]. Kasakura Publishing. ISBN 978-4-7730-8725-3.
  • Matsumoto, Mitsunari, ed. (10 April 2003). Toho SFX Mechanic Chronicle 1954-2003. Shinkigensha. ISBN 4-7753-0142-X.

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