Abrams M1A2

Abrams is a platform that adapts new technologies while minimizing development time and cost. This superbly engineered and battle-tested design continues to meet the challenges of new and emerging threats associated with the next generation of warfare. The Abrams M1A2 Tank is built to confront and destroy enemy forces using unrivaled firepower, maneuverability and shock effect. With its manually loaded, 120-mm M256 smooth bore cannon, the M1A2 can fire a variety of different rounds against armored vehicles, personnel and even low-flying aircraft. A heavy exterior armor provides outstanding protection to its crew of four.

Abrams M1A2 System Enhanced Package (SEP) tank sits ready for its crew to begin night live-fire training
Abrams M1A2 System Enhanced Package (SEP) tank sits ready for its crew to begin night live-fire training

 

Weight & Dimensions

Weight 69.54 tons
Length (Gun Forward) 387 in/9.83 m turret
Width 144 in/3,66 m
Height 93.5 in/2,37 m
Ground Clearance 19 in/0.48 m
Ground Pressure 15.4 psi/106 kPa
Crew 4 Man

 

Power

Gas Turbine Engine 1,500 hp/1,118 kW
Power to Weight Ratio 21.6 hp/ton/16 kW/ton
Hydro-Kinetic Transmission 4-Speed Forward/2-Speed Reverse

 

Performance

Maximum Speed 42 mph/68 km/h (Governed)
Cross Country 30 mph/48 km/h
10% Slope 17 mph/27 km/h
60% Slope 4.1 mph/6.6 km/h
Acceleration (0 to 20 mph/0 to 32 km/h) 7.2 sec
Cruising Range 265 miles/426 km
Maximum Trench Crossing 9 ft/2.7 m
Vertical Obstacle 42 in/1 m
NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) System 200 SCFM (Standard Cubic Feet per Minute)
Electronics/Crew Cooling 25,600 BTU/hr (British Thermal Units per hr)
Cooling 14 kW Hydraulic

 

Weapon

Main Armament 120-mm XM256 Smooth Bore Cannon
Coaxial Weapon 7.62-mm M240 Machine gun
Loader’s Weapon 7.62-mm M240 Machine gun on Skate Mount
Commander’s Weapon 12.7-mm/.50 Cal M2
Ammunition Storage 42 Rounds 120-mm
11,400 Rounds 7.62-mm
900 Rounds 12.7-mm (50 caliber)
32 Screening Grenades
210 Rounds 5.56-mm

Soldiers assigned to the 2nd «Stallion» Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st «Ironhorse» Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, prepare an M1A2 Abrams tank for a firing iteration during the Stallion’s fall gunnery
Soldiers assigned to the 2nd «Stallion» Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st «Ironhorse» Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, prepare an M1A2 Abrams tank for a firing iteration during the Stallion’s fall gunnery

 

Significant Benefits

  • Improved Survivability
  • Improved Armor
  • Compartmented Fuel & Ammunition
  • Increased Lethality
  • High Agility
  • Low Silhouette
  • Automatic Fire Detection/Suppression
  • Digital Ballistic Computer
  • Laser Rangefinder
  • Thermal Imaging Night Sight
  • Optical Day Sight
  • Digital Electronic Control Unit (DECU)
  • Battlefield Override (BFOR)
  • Primary and Auxiliary Sights
  • Day/Night Fire on the Move Capability
  • Increased External Stowage
  • Advanced Suspension
  • Torsion Bars/Rotary Shock Absorbers
  • Gas Turbine Engine – Multi-Fuel/High Power-to-Weight Ratio
  • Automatic Shift/Steering Transmission
  • Onboard Malfunction Detection System
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) System
  • Fording Depth to Turret Roof with Kit
  • Pulse Jet System (PJS)
  • External Auxiliary Power Unit (EAPU)
U.S. Army Soldiers with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, come on line in an M1A2 Abrams Tank before moving on to assault an objective during breach training near Fort Carson's Camp Red Devil, Colorado
U.S. Army Soldiers with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, come on line in an M1A2 Abrams Tank before moving on to assault an objective during breach training near Fort Carson’s Camp Red Devil, Colorado

 

Abrams TUSK

Continued deployment and world operations have emphasized the priority to update existing Abrams’ systems with increased capabilities. To this end, General Dynamics Land Systems, in partnership with the Project Manager for the Heavy Brigade Combat Team, created the Abrams TUSK, or Tank Urban Survivability Kit. TUSK is an add-on kit for M1A1 and M1A2 series tanks that enhances crew survivability in urban environments.

 

Loader’s Thermal Weapon Sight (LTWS)

Provides Night Vision Capability for Loader

Signal-Out to Helmet Mounted Display (HMD)

 

Loader’s Armor Gun Shield (LAGS)

Provides a Fenced Enclosure that protects a Loader from Typical Threats

Allows Loader to See Targets while firing Behind a Transparent Frontal Guard

 

IED Seat

Seats Designed to Absorb Impact of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices)

 

Tank Infantry Phone

Provides External Communication with Dismounted Elements in Urban Terrain (MOUT)

Troops can Assist Tank Crew in Locating Urban Targets and Alert Tank Crew of Pending Dismounted Troop Activity

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Thunder Squadron, climb into an Abrams M1A2 SEP at FOB Hammer, Iraq
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Thunder Squadron, climb into an Abrams M1A2 SEP at FOB Hammer, Iraq

 

Abrams Reactive Armor Tiles (ARAT)

Provides Side Protection against Handheld Urban Weapons engaged at close range

 

Abrams Belly Armor

Additional Armor Protection Added to the «Belly» of the Tank to Combat IEDs

 

Power Distribution Box (PBR)

Provides Power Feeds with Proper Circuit Protection for TUSK Components

 

Driver’s Vision Enhancer (DVE)

Provides Driver with Thermal Night and All-Weather Vision Enhancement

 

Counter Sniper/Anti-Material Mount (CSA-MM)

Provides Accurate Counter Sniper Stabilized Fire without Exposing Crew

Mounts 12.7-mm/.50 cal M2 Machine gun coaxially on Main Gun Remote Thermal Sight (RTS)

 

Remote Thermal Sight (RTS) M1A1 only

M1A1 Commander’s Thermal Sight for Engaging Urban Targets in Closed Hatch Mode

Thermal Display and Controller Mount to the CWS Sight Allow Closed Hatch Adjustment of the Night Sky

 

Honeywell Aerospace AGT1500

The AGT1500 engine has been the force behind Abrams M1 Main Battle Tank mobility for the past 30 years. It provides the power, speed, quick acceleration and quiet operation which have earned the M1 such high marks across all military theatres. It has operated more than 39 million operating miles, and demonstrated outstanding in-service reliability through the enhancements introduced through the TIGER (Total InteGrated Engine Revitalization) program.

Its features include compact design, cold-starting capabilities, instant power, multi-fuel capabilities and stealthy operation. This engine is the world standard for tank durability and survivability.

Honeywell’s AGT1500 vehicular turbine engine is the proven power source for the M1 Abrams
Honeywell’s AGT1500 vehicular turbine engine is the proven power source for the M1 Abrams

 

Features & Specifications

Maximum Power 1,500 hp/1,118 kW
Torque 2,750 ft-lb/3,738 N-m at 3,000 RPM
Dry Weight 2,475 lbs/1,122 kg
Length 66.5 in/1,69 m
Width 39.0 in/0.99 m
Height 31.8 in/0.81 m
Gas Flow Parameters Mass Flow, Nominal 11.8 lbs/sec/5.35 kg/sec
Exhaust Temp, Nominal 930 °F/  499 °C (Fully Recuperated)
Primary Fuel DF-2 Diesel, JP8 Jet Fuel
Alternative Fuel DF-1, DF-A Diesel; JP4, JP5, Jet A Jet Fuels
Emergency applications Gasoline, Marine Diesel

 

 

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