It became known about what next updates will receive versions of the American tank Abrams. We are talking about the M1A2C and M1A2 SEP v4 versions, the financing of the program for the creation of which is laid down in the incredible size of the US military budget for 2021. At the same time, the M1A2 SEP v4 Abrams variant is planned to be put into production in the mid-2020s.
The M1A2C Abrams version has several innovations. One of them is an auxiliary power unit in addition to the Honeywell AGT1500 M1 gas turbine engine with a capacity of about 1,5 thousand hp. As a result, the power density increased, which, allegedly, added opportunities for the "Abrams" to increase travel speed and maneuverability.
However, there is a problem: the upgrade of the power plants so far leads to the fact that the M1A2C Abrams shows unstable operation in operating conditions in mountainous areas. At the same time, the engine, as before, is multi-fuel. It can apply gasoline, diesel fuel, marine diesel fuel, aviation fuel.
The M1A2C Abrams version is equipped with new communication tools, updated highly sensitive infrared sensors FLIR, which detect the target and allow the aiming system to track it in various weather conditions and when setting, for example, aerosol masking.
On new versions of the tank, including the M1A2 SEP v4, an updated electronic warfare system will be implemented, designated as the CREW Duke V3-4. It is capable of countering the use of remotely controlled explosive devices that can be deployed along the roadside.
For the M1A2 SEP v4 version, APM v4 120 mm ammunition is being created. It should combine several ammunition at once, including the M908 Obstacle Reduction and MPAT. However, the price of the updated ammunition will be incredibly high. At first, an option was reported for over $ 55. Shells for the price of a good car are an option that does not seem to be of particular concern to the Pentagon at their level of military budget.