In June 1954, 9 projects of potential replacements for the M48 medium tank were proposed at the Detroit Arsenal. It was supposed to develop a machine with a combat weight of about 30 tons, which has increased (relative to the M48) indicators of mobility and firepower. As a result, the TL-1 project was chosen, but work continued on the light, well-armed TL-7 vehicle. The results were presented on April 7, 1955, but it was decided to abandon the project in favor of the T95 program. Not a single copy was built.