The problem with recce by fire with MBTs is that you are even more readily discovered and engaged then drawn into a battle that then requires reinforcement etc, because...you've got MBTs engaged right?
Perhaps the early German WW2 solution should be re-examined:
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Phenomenally complex machine, needed high quality manufacture, skilled mechanics and skilled operators.
The American answer was the Willys Jeep,
Cheaper, better off road, anyone could drive and fix it, and it kept you dry(ish)