.: Tony McGoldrick's Tamiya M1A2 Abrams Tank Diorama

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M1 Abrams

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M1 Abrams

M1A2 Abrams with prototype TUSK equipment and Common Remotely Operated Weapons Station (CROWS).[1] 50 machine gun at the commander's station
Front  · Rear
Type Main battle tank
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1980 – present
Used by See Operators below
Wars Persian Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Production history
Designer Chrysler Defense (now General Dynamics Land Systems)
Designed 1972 – 1979
Manufacturer Lima Army Tank Plant (since 1980)[2]
Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant (1982–1996)
Unit cost US$6.21 million (M1A2 / FY99)[3] Estimated in 2012 as US$8.58 million (with inflation adjustment)
Produced 1979 – present
Number built 10,000+[4]
Variants See variants
Weight 67.6 short tons (60.4 long tons; 61.3 t)
Length Gun forward: 32.04 ft (9.77 m)[5]
Hull length: 26.02 ft (7.93 m)
Width 12 ft (3.66 m)[5]
Height 8 ft (2.44 m)[5]
Crew 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)


Chobham, RH armor, depleted uranium strike plates, Kevlar mesh[citation needed]

  • M1: Hull & turret – 350 mm vs APFSDS, 700 mm vs HEAT[6][nb 1]
  • M1A1: Hull & turret – 600 mm vs APFSDS, 700 mm vs HEAT[7]
  • M1A1HA: Hull – 600 mm vs APFSDS, 700 mm vs HEAT, Turret – 800 mm vs APFSDS, 1,300  mm vs HEAT[7][8][nb 2]
  • M1A2: Hull (turret) – 600 (780 mm) mm vs APFSDS, 800 mm (1,060 mm) vs HEAT[6][not in citation given]
105 mm L52 M68 rifled cannon (M1)
120 mm L44 M256 smoothbore cannon (M1A1, M1A2, M1A2SEP) with 42 rounds
1 × .50-caliber (12.7 mm) M2HB heavy machine gun with 900 rounds
2 × 7.62 mm (.308) M240 machine guns with 8,800 rounds (1 pintle-mounted, 1 coaxial)
Engine Honeywell AGT1500C multi-fuel turbine engine
1,500 shp (1,120 kW)
Power/weight 24.5 hp/t (18.27 kW/t)
Transmission Allison DDA X-1100-3B
Suspension Torsion bar
Ground clearance 0.48 m (1 ft 7 in) (M1, M1A1)
0.43 m (1 ft 5 in) (M1A2)
Fuel capacity 500 US gallons (1,900 l; 420 imp gal)
M1A2: 426 km (265 mi)[9]
Speed M1A2: Road 67 km/h (42 mph) (governed)
Off-road: 40 km/h (25 mph)[9]

The M1 Abrams is an American third-generation main battle tank produced by the United States. It is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and Commander of U.S. military forces in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972. Highly mobile, designed for modern armored ground warfare,[10] the M1 is well armed and heavily armored. Notable features include the use of a powerful gas turbine engine (multifuel capable, usually fueled with JP8 jet fuel), the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. Weighing nearly 68 short tons (almost 62 metric tons), it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service.

The M1 Abrams entered U.S. service in 1980, replacing the M60 tank.[11] It served for over a decade alongside the improved M60A3, which had entered service in 1978. The M1 remains the principal main battle tank of the United States Army and Marine Corps, and the armies of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Iraq.

Three main versions of the M1 Abrams have been deployed, the M1, M1A1, and M1A2, incorporating improved armament, protection and electronics. These improvements, as well as periodic upgrades to older tanks, have allowed this long-serving vehicle to remain in front-line service. As of 2009, the M1A3 was under development.[12]

M1A2 (Baseline): Production began in 1992 (77 built for the US and more than 600 M1s upgraded to M1A2, 315 for Saudi Arabia, 218 for Kuwait). The M1A2 offers the tank commander an independent thermal sight and ability to, in rapid sequence, shoot at two targets without the need to acquire each one sequentially, also 2nd generation depleted uranium armor components.[76]

  • M1A2SEP (System Enhancement Package): Has upgraded 3rd generation depleted uranium armor components with graphite coating (240 new built, 300 M1A2s upgraded to M1A2SEP for the USA, also unknown numbers of upgraded basic M1s and M1IPs, also 400 oldest M1A1s upgraded to M1A2SEP).


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