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history of tanks

colton meier

on 9 April 2012

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M1A2 ABRAMS ARMOR MOBILITY HISTORY ARMAMENT The abrams was named after General Creighton Abrams formor Army Chief of Staff and army commander in vietnam 1962-1972 The M1 replaced the M60 patton in 1980 By the time the russians bulit the T95 the patton was obsolite The first attepmtes at replacing the patton was in the 1960's The M60 patton was in service before the abrams and was labled as obsolite by the US The first prototypes of the Abrams were created in 1976 In the 1950's the abrams was modifed to the M1A1 version Eventually the M1A1's were updated to the M1A2 The M1's have been deployed in the gulf war, Iranq war, Afghanistan The first prototypes of the M1A3 are expected to roll off the production line in 2014 and fielded in 2018 or 2019 the Abrams tank is composed of multiple layers of different material which is called chobham armor invented by the British The tank can all so be equiped with reactive armor which is equiped to the armored skirts of the tank Their are blast doors on the tank that allow the crew to survive if the tank takes a direct hit to it's ammo stores The first M1's had the M68A1 rifled cannon The abrams also has sloped armor to deflect most antitank weapons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_Abrams information from... http://www.fprado.com/armorsite/abrams.htm pictures from google images and videos from youtube thanks for watching and sempi fi When the M1A1's and M1A2's where developed the main gun was upgadeed to the M256 smoothbore gun The Abrams also has a .50 cal machine gun in front of the commanders hatch or they could have a Mk 19 grenade launcher They also are equiped with an M240 machine gun in front of the loaders hatch The tank is also equiped with a coaxial M240 machine gun (optional) they could have a 2nd coaxial machine gun All abrams tanks carry an M16 or M4 carbine in storage and all crew members carried an M9 Beretta during iraq freedom they were issued an M136 AT4 incase they where to incounter enemy armour in close corters were the main gun could not be brought to bear
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