M1 Abrams Tanks Getting Much Needed Upgrades
So, one may ask, why is an automotive site writing about tanks? Well, isn't this the ultimate vehicle most of us could hope to drive? Come on, who among us (who hasn't served in a military tank division) hasn't fantasized about driving one of these bad boys? After all, it's the ultimate jet-fuel powered funny car when you think about it.
According to this history on Wikipedia, "The M1 Abrams is a third-generation main battle tank produced in the United States. It is named after General Creighton Abrams, former Army Chief of Staff and Commander of US military forces in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972. Highly mobile, designed for modern armored ground warfare, the M1 is well armed and heavily armored. Notable features include the use of a powerful gas turbine engine (fueled with JP8 jet fuel), the adoption of sophisticated composite armor, and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out compartment for crew safety. Weighing nearly 68 short tons (almost 62 metric tons), it is one of the heaviest main battle tanks in service.
"The M1 Abrams entered U.S. service in 1980, replacing the M60 tank. It served for over a decade alongside the improved M60A3, which had entered service in 1978. The M1 remains the principal main battle tank of the United States Army and Marine Corps, and the armies of Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and Iraq in 2010."