Provide heavy armor superiority on the
Description and Specifications
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, make the
Abrams tank particularly suitable for attacking or defending
against large concentrations of heavy armor forces on a highly
Features of the M1A1 modernization 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 integrated appliqué
computer and a far-target-designation capability.
The M1A2 modernization 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 diagnostic 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.
General Dynamics (Sterling Heights, MI; Warren, MI; Muskegon,
MI; Scranton, PA; Lima, OH; Tallahassee, FL)