The M1 Abrams is a third-generation American main battle tank. The M1 Abrams entered service in 1980 and serves as the main battle tank of the United States Army and formerly of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
There are three main operational Abrams versions, the M1, M1A1, and M1A2, with each new iteration seeing improvements in armament, protection, and electronics.
The latest upgrades consist of commander’s independent thermal viewer, position navigation equipment, a full set of controls and displays linked by a digital data bus, improved fire control system, remotely operated stations (CROWS or CROWS II), color displays, better interfaces, better front and side armor, an upgraded transmission for better durability and more.
The main armament of the M1A1 and M1A2 is the M256 120 mm smoothbore gun(an improved variant of the Rheinmetall 120 mm L/44 gun carried on the German Leopard 2).
The M1 Abrams’s powertrain consists of an AGT1500 multifuel gas turbine capable of 1,500 shaft horsepower.
About 10000 M1 Abrams tanks were produced since the 80s.
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