The main tank of the US Armed Forces remains relevant 40 years after it entered service. The upgraded M1A2 Abrams could give the US military an edge in a potential conflict. The features of the Abrams tank were named by the authors of 19FortyFive.
The first M1 Abrams tanks entered service in 1980, but the vehicle was tested in battle only in 1991. The publication notes that during Operation Desert Storm, the Americans lost 18 tanks. At the same time, half of the cars were restored.
The upgraded M1 Abrams tanks are equipped with a 120 mm smoothbore cannon and a 1,500 horsepower gas turbine engine. The loader can reload the gun in three seconds, writes 19FortyFive.
Modern modifications of the tank are equipped with the information and control system IVIS (Inter Vehicle Information System), which allows you to automatically detect targets and determine their priority. IVIS also facilitates interaction, allowing the commander to see the actions of the unit's vehicles in real time.
The modernized Abrams is equipped with a commander's thermal imaging device and a new gunner's sight. The driver's seat of the updated car was equipped with a digital display. The author believes that the modernization will allow the crews of American tanks to maintain an advantage in a potential conflict.
“However, in a potential armored battle against Russia or China, the army will have a decisive advantage with various enhancements to the Abrams,” writes 19FortyFive.
Previously, the authors of 19FortyFive compiled a list of the deadliest weapons of the United States Air Force. The first place was given to the GBU-43 / B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) air blast ammunition, which was first used in 2003.