• Damien Lane

U.S. Army 'Abrams' tanks getting upgrades

The U.S. Army is always changing its weapons and vehicles to help the troops in many types of ways. A new upgrade will be going towards the "Abram" main battle tanks out in the battlefields.

The "Abrams" is a full-tracked, low-profile, riding land combat assault vehicle weapon. The tank's survivability ability is unmatched by other tanks as it is capable of being hit with everything the enemy can throw at it but still be able to work and fight. The maneuverability of the tank makes it like any other tank for being able to shoot on the move. The tank itself is a third-generation of its kind, based on a tank that was made to destroy bunkers.

The tank is one the of the biggest, most powerful symbols of the U.S. ground forces, and its 1,500-horsepower turbine engine, 120 mm main gun, and special armor make the Abrams tank particularly great against heavy armor forces. The Abrams' old control system was the M1A1 SA (Situational Awareness) and the M1A2 SEP (System Enhancement Program) version 2. The M1A2C is the new system that will be going into the tank to give it a new way to have more advanced multi-purpose ammunition (AMP), according to Army-technology.com.

The next version of the Abrams tank is in production and undergoing finalizing testing for this year, but it still needs to be field tested. The designers of the new, upgraded tank attempted to balance the weight and power issues that were identified during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The problem of balancing will be the main variant for all future upgrades for the tank, according to Globalsecurity.org.