This week we will be covering the M1 Abrams heavy armor battle tank. This bad boy entered service in 1980 and has been used since. The Abrams tank closes with and destroys enemy forces on the integrated battlefield using mobility, firepower, and shock effect. There are three variants in service: M1, M1A1 and M1A2. The 120mm main gun on the M1A1 and M1A2 combined with the powerful 1,500 hp turbine engine and special armor, makes the Abrams tank particularly suitably for attacking or defending against large concentration of heavy armored forces on a highly lethal battlefield.
Features of the M1A1 modernized program include increased armor protection; suspension improvements; and a nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection system that increases survivability in a contaminated environment. The M1A1D modification consists of an M1A1 with an integrated appliqué computer and a far-target-designation capability.
The M1A2 modernized program includes a commander’s independent thermal viewer, an improved commander’s weapon station, position navigation equipment , a distributed data and power architecture, an embedded diagnostics system and improved fire control systems. The M1A2 System Enhancement Program (SEP) adds second-generation thermal sensors and a thermal management system. The SEP includes upgrades to processors/memory that enable the M1A2 to use the Army’s common command and control software, enabling the rapid transfer of digital situational data and overlays
I hope you guys enjoyed this weeks issue on the Abrams tank you can read up more on this beast at the following links: