Saturday, November 29, 2014

M1A2 Abrams

M1A2 Abrams (Main battle tank) – 1174

In service: 1980-present
Designer: Chrysler Defense (now General Dynamics Land Systems)
Designed: 1972-79
Lima Army Tank Plant (since 1980);
Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant (1982-1996)
Unit cost: $8.58 million (with inflation adjustment)
Produced: 1979-present
Number built: 9,000+

Weight: 62 t
Gun forward – 9.77 m;
Hull length – 7.93 m
Width: 3.66 m
Height: 2.44 m
Crew: 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)
Armor – depleted uranium mesh-reinforced composite armor:
Hull – 600 mm vs APFSDS, 700 mm vs HEAT;
Turret – 800 mm vs APFSDS, 1,300 mm vs HEAT
Main armament: 120 mm L/44 M256A1 smoothbore gun (42 rounds)
Secondary armament:
1× Browning .50-caliber (12.7 mm) M2HB heavy machine gun with 900 rounds;
2× 7.62 mm M240 machine guns with 10,400 rounds (1 pintle-mounted, 1 coaxial)

Engine: Honeywell AGT1500C multi-fuel turbine engine, 1,500 shp (1,120 kW)
Power/weight: From 20.05 kW/t to 17.74 kW/t
Transmission: Allison DDA X-1100-3B
Suspension: High-hardness-steel torsion bars with rotary shock absorbers
Ground clearance: 0.43 m
Fuel capacity: 1,900 L
Operational range: 426 km
Road – 67 km/h (governed);
Off-road – 40 km/h

System Enhancement Package
M1A2SEP has upgraded third-generation depleted uranium armor components with graphite coating.

Tank Urban Survival Kit
The TUSK is a series of improvements to the M1 Abrams intended to improve fighting ability in urban environments.

Under development, with prospective prototypes by 2014, operational by 2017. Improvements are to include a lighter 120 mm gun, added road wheels with improved suspension, a more durable track, lighter armor, long-range precision armaments, and infrared camera and laser detectors. A new internal computer system is also desired, with current wiring replaced by fiber-optic lines that could decrease weight by some two tons.

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