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M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams: Why There May Be No Better Tank Anywhere

M1A2 SEPv3
M1A2 SEPv3. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Why the M1A2 SEPv3 might be the best tank on Earth, as explained by one top military expert: Tanks are very much a part of modern warfare. The war in Ukraine has shown that beyond any doubt. They are more vulnerable—or at least their vulnerabilities have been exposed more broadly—than previously thought, but they are an integral part of combined arms warfare.

The U.S. military is fortunate to have a potent main battle tank arsenal. The U.S. M1 Abrams is the most advanced main battle tank in the world. And the M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams is the most advanced version of the weapon system.

The Latest Version of the Most Advanced Tank 

Development of the M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams began in the middle of the previous decade, and the first tank was delivered to operational U.S. Army units in 2020.

The SEPv3 upgrade brought to the M1A2 Abrams additional electrical power from an auxiliary power unit, upgraded its network capabilities, gave it stronger armor, including explosive reactive armor mountings, for greater protection against strikes of all types, provided an improved ammo data link to interface with advanced ammunition, such as airburst munitions, and reduced the maintenance required to upkeep the main battle tank.

The M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams also has excellent improvised explosive device (IED) countermeasures, a feature directly related to the Global War on Terror and the challenges American tanks faced in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.

“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, 120mm M256 smooth borecannon, 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,” General Dynamics Land Systems says about the M1A2 Abrams upon which the SEPv3 upgrade was based.

The M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams is getting popular abroad too. In January, Australia announced its decision to purchase 75 M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams and a number of armored personnel carriers for approximately $2.5 billion.

The Missions of the M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams 

According to the Pentagon, the primary mission of Army units equipped with the M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams main battle tanks is to “close with and destroy the enemy by fire and movement across the full range of military operations.”

More specifically, the Army has tasked the M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams with the following mission sets: defeat and/or suppress enemy tanks, reconnaissance vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, anti-tank guns, guided missile launchers (ground and vehicle mounted), bunkers, dismounted infantry, and helicopters.

The M1A2 SEPv3 is expected to support the full range of military operations by being fully integrated, expeditionary, networked, decentralized, adaptable, and lethal.

1945’s New Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business InsiderSandboxx, and SOFREP.

1945’s Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist with specialized expertise in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. thelaine

    June 7, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Thanks for the marketing department press release.

    • John Catsicas

      June 7, 2022 at 10:05 am

      Until the German and French tanks have fought in a real war we can comment about the prerss release. We wont bother about the Russian tanks – they have proved how effective they have been in the last 100 days

  2. CREANCY

    June 7, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Maybe, maybe, but there are
    Leopard 2A7, and Leclerc

    • just sayin' Ma...

      July 4, 2022 at 9:57 pm

      Neither of which have a proven track record in battle, with the exception of the Leclerc in the First Gulf War! Whereas the M1 has fought in every US conflict since the First Gulf War…

  3. Dan Farrand

    June 8, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    I believe this tank costs $8 million per copy. It is as vulnerable to top attack or attack from sides and rear as any Russian tank. I can’t remember if this version includes active protection, but I’m not sure if the active protection system used will stop attack profiles like the Javalin.

    No doubt it is a good tank and is effective with a well trained and motivated crew and in conjunction with a well drilled combined arms team.

    Hopefully someone in the Pentagon is watching Russia in Ukraine closely. The Juvenile high-school, cancel-culture, mentality that substitutes for thinking in our society may mean learning lessons is no longer possible.

    Russia is winning against the strongest military in Europe trained to Nato standards over the last 8 years.

    Something important is happening on the battlefields in Ukraine. The great risk is that only the Russians are going to learn the lessons.

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