The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank is widely used by the United States Army and Marine Corps. These vehicles serve as the backbone of the United States ground forces in every major conflict. They are air transportable by C-17 and C-5 aircraft.
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Tank Urban Survival Kit
The Tank Urban Survival Kit is an upgrade kit for the Abrams Main Battle Tank. This kit can be applied by the units in field conditions, to improve the vehicle’s protection, firepower, situational awareness and survivability in urban environment.
These upgrades include:
- add-on explosive reactive armor, fitted to side skirts (provides protection against RPG rounds)
- slat armor is added to the hull rear (also provides protection against RPG rounds)
- 32 dischargers for 66-mm defensive grenades (loaded with a combination of smoke and anti-personnel grenades)
- transparent shielding around the vehicle commander’s .50 Caliber machine gun
- or a remotely controlled weapon station (M1A2 SEP tanks only)
- shielded 7.62mm machine gun for the ammunition loader
- thermal weapon sight for the ammunition loader (now he can locate targets and fire from his machine gun at night)
- one more remotely controlled .50 Caliber machine gun over the main gun, fitted with a spotlight. This machine gun is referred as counter sniper and anti-material weapon, firing single shots or in full-auto mode. It is aimed using the main gun
- 360 degree camera for the vehicle commander (improves situational awareness)
- rear vision camera for the driver
- an infantry phone, which allows nearby infantry to communicate with the tank commander and coordinate their actions in combat
It is worth noting that sometimes tanks are fitted with only some components of the TUSK kit. It is done depending on situation and mission requirements.
- XM1 Abrams, first prototype
- Introduction of the M1A1
- Introduction of the M1A2 (deliveries began in 1998)
The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks is the backbone of the armored forces of the United States Army and Marine Corps. Its purpose is to provide mobile firepower for armored formations of sufficient capability to successfully close with and destroy any opposing armored fighting vehicle in the world, while providing protection for its crew in any conceivable combat environment.