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The M1 Abrams Tank Only Fears One Thing (Not China or Russia)

M1 Abrams Tank
Battle Group Poland Fires an M1 Abrams Remotely

Two words: Father time. 

The Abrams is the U.S. military’s main battle tank that was designed by Chrysler Defense and named after famed General Creighton Abrams.

A History Like No Other Tank 

Originally conceived in the 1970s, the M1 Abrams tank is a lengend. There are three main operational Abrams versions—the M1, M1A1, and M1A2—with each new iteration seeing noticeable improvements in armament, next-generation electronics, and protection.

“(Abrams) provides the lethality, survivability and fightability necessary to defeat advanced threats well into the future. The Abrams tank is the Army’s primary ground combat system,” the U.S. military’s news release states.

“The Abrams Main Battle Tank closes with and destroys the enemy using mobility, firepower and shock effect. The Abrams is a full-tracked, low-profile, land combat assault weapon possessing unmatched survivability, shoot-on-the-move lethality and a high degree of maneuverability. The Abrams tank sends a message to those who would oppose the United States as to the resolve, capability and might of the U.S. Army,” it continues.

New Technologies

According to Military.com, the “M1A2 represents the U.S. Army’s technological improvement of the basic M1A1 design and the most modern battle tank in the world. Outwardly similar in appearance to the M1A1, the most notable exterior changes on the M1A2 are the redesigned Commander’s Weapon Station (CWS) and the addition of a Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer) on the left side of the turret forward of the loader’s hatch. Internally, however, the M1A2 has been radically redesigned to take advantage of newer technology,” it wrote.

“Most notable of these improvements is the addition of the Inter-Vehicle Information System (IVIS.) The IVIS system allows for the automatic and continual exchange of information between vehicles. By incorporating information provided by an on board Position/Navigation (POSNAV) system, unit commander’s can track the location and progress of subordinate elements automatically, without tasking vehicle crews,” it continued.

Not to be outdone, “enemy positions can be identified, plotted and disseminated, while reports and artillery requests can be automatically formatted, transmitted, and processed. Lastly, map graphic control measures and operational orders can be rapidly distributed via the IVIS system.”

Future of Abrams Tank: Beating Back Father Time? 

While clearly showing its ages, this piece of armored history somehow keeps getting better and better with time.

According to the U.S. military’s release, the M1A2 SEPv4, considered the most modern of all the Abrams tanks, is already deep in development. It writes that “the cornerstone technology is the third generation (3GEN) FLIR, which will provide tank crews much greater lethality. The 3GEN FLIR will be an upgrade to both sights and will be common with other combat platforms.”

After receiving this next-generation upgrade, “the Abrams will integrate a color camera, Eye-safe Laser Range Finder and a cross-platform laser pointer to facilitate multidomain battle into the commander’s sight.” In addition, the M1A2 SEPv4 will feature “full-embedded training to maximize crew proficiency of the system.”

M1 Abrams Tank

M1 Abrams Tank firing.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.

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Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Michael

    September 18, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    So what does it fear?

  2. Juan-Bamboula

    September 18, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Ah, so that’s the only thing the Abrams fears, thanks !

  3. Brian VanVeghel

    September 18, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Yeah I am with Michael I didn’t see that it fears anything. You guys suck if I see misleading stuff like this again I’ll stop reading 1945

  4. Vet

    September 18, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    A crew not competent enough to keep up.

  5. Boris

    September 19, 2021 at 3:43 am

    I’m thinking it fears falling for clickbait titles that are not being delivered upon in the article.
    I’ve been recently reminded that I do, so I guess that makes sense..

  6. Agara nze

    September 19, 2021 at 8:16 am

    “Any day the self acclaimed most civilized nations of the world quits promotion of violence. Rather seek cooperation with everyone through learning, understanding, and respect for one another. On that day THY KINGDOM WILL COME”.

  7. Thomas

    September 19, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I think you forgot to add the main part of the article….

  8. Americanfaggot

    September 19, 2021 at 9:52 am

    America is reduced to a has been power.. country’s no longer fear American hegemony. Tanks can be destroyed .Abrams have been knocked out.by iraqi and afghan insurgents..

  9. cwnco

    September 19, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Comes down to training and competency.

  10. Someone who can read

    September 19, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Two words: Father time.

  11. J

    September 19, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    You young guys won’t remember, but when the Soviet Union collapsed, their navy contacted 5th fleet & they gave up their ships for just the promise of rations because their men and their families were starving to death.

    China is doing the same thing to us now. Our morons buy trillions in f35s and tanks, meanwhile our special forces that all together cost as much as one f35 are fighting for budget. While we give up Bagram, our closest airbase to China.

    Get a food storage, this next 10 years is going to be eotwawki.

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