A Look At The Capabilities Of The U.S. Army M1 Abrams Supertank
The M1 Abrams main battle tank has been the mainstay of the U.S. Army’s armor branch for more than thirty years. Heavily armored, powered by a gas turbine engine and equipped with a powerful 120-millimeter gun, the M1 has proven an adaptable tank capable of fighting from the rolling hills of southern Germany to the deserts of Iraq. And yet, the tank appeared to be a failure at first, caught in a tug-of-war of competing, with varied interests that threatened to sink the project completely.
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A highly mobile third-generation main battle tank (MBT), the M1 Abrams is a well armed and heavily armored MBT designed for modern armored ground warfare. Included among the most notable features is the use of a powerful multi-fuel turbine engine, as well as the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. Weighing nearly 68 short tons, it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service, not to mention one of the heavy weights in every sense of the term. Not really the type of guy anyone in their right mind would want to pick a fight with.
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