WASHINGTON, (BM) – US Ground Forces received the first mass-produced modernized tanks M1A2 SEP V3 Abrams, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. These machines are distinguished from earlier versions, in particular, by an increased level of protection and improved electronics.
The third Greywolf armored brigade of the first cavalry division received the upgraded Abrams main battle tanks (MBT). One of the main features of the M1A2 SEP V3 is the Israeli Trophy active defense complex, which can effectively intercept enemy ammunition with radar and striking elements.
Previously, the effectiveness of this system was confirmed in real combat operations when Israeli Merkava tanks equipped with Trophy fell under the fire of grenade launchers and anti-tank missile systems. At the same time, according to some experts, the complex will experience great difficulties if it is necessary to deal with modern shells flying at a speed of 1500-1700 m/s.
In addition to the Trophy, the upgraded tank received a JTRS radio communications system, an upgraded fire control system, an improved technology for structurally replaceable units, a new version of the remote control improvised explosive defense system, and a number of other important improvements.
Recall that the contract for the modernization of additional tanks to a new level was issued to General Dynamics Corporation in January last year, and the general preliminary framework contract from December 2017 involves bringing more than 435 M1A1 tanks to the M1A2 SEP V3 level in the coming years. In general, the modernization of MBT to a new level should significantly increase the potential of the US Ground Forces.
The United States is far from the only country that in recent years has thought about a radical increase in the combat capabilities of its tanks. In Europe, the Germans are considered leaders in this area. Last year, the German army received the first Leopard 2A7V tank, which differs from earlier versions by a number of important improvements, in particular – the most advanced electronics today. In total, the German Ministry of Defense should receive 104 tanks in the 2A7V variant with the delivery of the last of these vehicles in 2023.
In addition, now Germany and France are actively working on a new generation tank, which should replace the Leopard and the French Leclerc in the future. The contract for the creation of the tank was signed in April this year. One of the features of the MBT can be a fundamentally new, more powerful gun caliber 130-140 mm.
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