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M1A2 Abrams  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1998
Total Production: 755
Unitary Cost: USD$4.0 million
Also Known As: M1A2S
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: General Dynamics
Parent System: M1 Abrams
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: 10,288
Total Cost: USD$40 billion
Family Members: M1 Abrams, M1A1 Abrams, M1A2 Abrams SEP, M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 and M1A2 Abrams SEPv4
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Description: The United States of America M1 Abrams tank was designed to provide heavy armor superiority on the battlefield destroying enemy forces using mobility and firepower. Initially the US Army and the German agreed to develop a new heavy tank in the 1970s but the joint program split into the German Leopard 2 and the US M1 Abrams. It was deployed in the early 1980s replacing the aging M60 Patton main battle tank (MBT) within the US Army and within the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in the 1990s. It has been exported to the Armies of Egypt (M1A1), Saudi Arabia (M1A1 and M1A2), Kuwait (M1A2), Australia (M1A1) and recently Iraq (M1A1). Roughly 10,000 M1 Abrams main battle tanks were produced for the US Army, the USMC, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

In addition to its heavy armor, the M1 Abrams tank features Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) protection and a 1,500-hp AGT-1500 gas engine which allows high mobility on road and off road. The M1 Abrams 105mm or 120mm stabilized cannon can open fire moving or stationary, at night, in adverse weather against moving and stationary targets with a high probability of kill using depleted uranium penetration ammunition and its advanced ballistic computers, as well as its sensor package housed on the turret. The frontal part of the turret is protected using depleted uranium plates which are more resistant than steel. Export Abrams are not provided with the depleted uranium armor.

The M1A2 Abrams main battle tank features a M256 120mm smooth bore gun 42 rounds, two M240 7.62mm machine guns and a M2 12.7mm machine gun which provides a short range air defense capability against helicopters and low flying aircraft. The first M1A2 was fielded within the US Army in 1996. The US Army M1A2s are remanufactured and upgraded M1 Abrams main battle tanks. This model retains mobility and increases firepower compared to previous M1 tank. The M1A2 provides the Abrams with improvements in lethality, survivability, and fightability required to defeat advanced threats. The A2 includes a commander's independent thermal viewer (CITV), an improved weapon station, fire control system, and increased armor. The US Army has a requirement to upgrade older M1 to the M1A2 configuration. The first US Army M1A2-equipped unit was ready for the active duty in 1998. The M1A2 was exported to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The US Army's M1A2s were upgraded to the SEP v2 standard and the Saudi Arabia's tanks are being upgraded to the M1A2S standard.

The General Dynamics M1A1/M1A2 Tank Urban Survivability Kit (TUSK) consists of Loader's Armor Gun Shield (LAGS), a Tank Infantry Phone (TIP), Abrams Reactive Armor Tiles (ARAT), a Remote Thermal Sight (RTS) and a Power Distribution Box (PDB). This add-on crew enhanced survivability kit was ordered by the US Army for the first time in late August 2006 as a rapid response to the threat posed by insurgents to heavyweight tanks in Iraq. The order was valued at $45 million for production and installation of 505 tank kits.

M1A2 Abrams Applications

Auxiliary Vessels JHSV

M1A2 Abrams Specifications

Ammunition Load: 42
Crew: 4
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 7
Height: 2.44 meter (96 inch)
Length: 9.83 meter (387 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 120 millimeter
Width: 3.66 meter (144 inch)
Max Range: 411 kilometer (255 mile)
Power: 1,500 shp (1,119 kW)
Cross Country Speed: 48 kph (13.3 mps)
Top Speed: 68 kph (42 mph)
Combat Weight: 68,570 kilogram (151,168 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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M1A2 Abrams News

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21 Jul 2006 and 29 Nov 2018
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Thursday, November 29, 2018FMS: Morocco Wants 162 M1A1/A2M Abrams Tanks
Thursday, March 22, 2018FMS: Saudi Arabia Seeks Support for M1A2, M2, HMMWV and LAV Armored Vehicless and M198 Towed Howitzers
Friday, December 1, 2017US Army Places Order for Additional CROWS Weapon Stations for M1A2 Tanks
Monday, October 16, 2017FMS: Kuwait Wants 218 M1A1 Abrams Tanks
Wednesday, October 11, 2017China Confirms Domestic VT-5 as New Light Tank
Friday, December 23, 2016US Army Orders CROWS Weapon Station for M1A2 Tanks
Tuesday, December 13, 2016FMS: Kuwait Seeks Recapitalization of 218 M1A2 Tanks
Tuesday, September 6, 2016Russian Army Places First Order for 100 T-14 Tanks
Saturday, August 20, 2016Russia Completes New Test Campaign of Kornet-EM Missile System
Tuesday, August 9, 2016FMS: Saudi Arabia Requests 153 M1A2S Main Battle Tanks and 20 M88A1/A2 Recovery Vehicles

Operators & Related Equipment

Saudi Arabia537
Tanks to be converted into M1A2S starting in 2010 and expected to complete conversion work in December 2012. Another 69 M1A2S tanks were ordered in January 2013. Saudi Arabia ordered 153 M1A2S tanks and 20 M88A1/A2 recovery vehicles in August 2016 to cover for loses in the war against Yemen.
Jul 2014384
Jan 2013315Upgraded from M1A2 to M1A2S
United States of America586
Upgraded to M1A2 SEP v2

Grand Total 1,3413
Cannons & Gear
120mm L44x1
M2 Browningx1
Defensive Weapons
M831A1 TP-T
XM1111 Mid Range Munition
Propulsion Systems
Sensor Systems
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