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Australia acquires 160 Abrams tank hulls from U.S. Department of Defense storage bases

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The Defense Cooperation Agency of the US Department of Defense has notified Congress of Australia's planned purchase of hulls for tanks for the purpose of their further re-equipment. At the end of April, the US administration approved the sale of 160 M1A1 tank hulls from the Department of Defense storage bases.


The hulls purchased by Australia will be used to create 75 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, 29 M1150 armored demining vehicles, 18 bridgelayers, and 6 M88A2 recovery vehicles.

The agreement also provides for the transfer of 122 AGT1500 gas turbine engines, eight aviation turbine engines T55-GA-714A, as well as missile attack warning systems.


Mine clearing machine M1150



Repair and recovery vehicle M88A2


The exact number of vehicles to be converted is still under discussion. With the final approval of all parameters by the Australian National Security Committee (NSC), this will be a very significant update to the Australian armored forces. This update and modernization of the composition of armored vehicles is carried out under the programs Land 907 Phase 2 and Land 8160 Phase 1.

The LAND 907 Phase 2 program provides for the replacement and modernization of Australian M1A1 SA tanks with M1A2S tanks. Now M1A2C or (M1A2 SEPv3) is the newest program for the modernization of Abrams tanks. The first examples of tanks of this modification were transferred to the US Army in 2017. Serial deliveries of the upgraded M1A2C (M1A2 SEPv3) tanks to the US Army began in early 2020. In fact, Australia will become the second country after the United States to receive an updated version of these tanks.

In the process of implementing the Land 8160 Phase 1 program, Australia will acquire various engineering equipment based on the M1 tank. This will include demining vehicles, bridgelayers and armored engineering vehicles. Also, the Land 8160 program will additionally provide a number of features that were previously available in engineering equipment based on Leopard tanks, but were initially absent from those purchased by Abrams. After the withdrawal from the engineering divisions of the Leopard fleet, the Australian army practically did not have any special engineering equipment. It is for this reason, as well as taking into account the effectiveness of such equipment in combat conditions, that the Land 8160 Phase 1 procurement program was adopted.

All purchased equipment will be equipped with C4I combat control systems, there will be no elements with depleted uranium in the armor for reasons of safety and environmental protection, instead, an alternative solution was found together with the United States, which makes this armored vehicle one of the most protected in the world. What specific decision is being discussed is not reported.

For the rest, all acquired tanks and special equipment will be completely unified with US military standards.

Naturally, versions of armored vehicles for the US Army will be available for procurement a little faster, and the adaptation of equipment for the Australian Army will take some time, but customers are ready to wait and ultimately get equipment with the required characteristics. Also, the Australian army plans to involve national industrial enterprises, in particular the TAE company in Brisbane, to carry out a large amount of work on the maintenance of gas turbine engines of the existing fleet of vehicles.

Earlier, the official Canberra said that it was modernizing its army in connection with the "growing Chinese threat." Exactly when China militarily threatened Australia is not specified.
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  1. antivirus
    antivirus 21 May 2021 10: 11
    +2
    the Chinese will still come for their colonies and lands. will find chronicles from 4 tons years before the RHr - there was no Australia, there was a kind of "southern khunhuzia".
    St prap-k told: at 57g they fed kenguryatina with the marks 44g -lend-lease
    1. Anachoret
      Anachoret 21 May 2021 10: 42
      -1
      the purchase of hulls for Australia is such an attempt to protect the kenguryat from the gluttonous Chinese)
      it is clear that the queen obliged, since the British budget will be torn if it shows violent militarization)
      1. Starover_Z
        Starover_Z 21 May 2021 10: 58
        +3
        Quote: Anchorite
        purchase of enclosures for australia

        Right from the title, I remembered the anecdote about the "commander of a tank" corps ". Smiled.
        And what, so it will come out cheaper than taking a finished product? And the "minced meat" for the filling?
        1. Anachoret
          Anachoret 21 May 2021 11: 01
          -1
          aggregate customs clearance) so cheaper))) and immediately 160 tank corps commanders will appear in Australia) Manstein's dream)
      2. Cananecat
        Cananecat 21 May 2021 13: 53
        +2
        Quote: Anchorite
        the purchase of hulls for Australia is such an attempt to protect the kangaroo

        You don't understand anything, just think about how it sounds ... 160 tank corps ... China nervously smokes on the sidelines)))
    2. Alex777
      Alex777 21 May 2021 12: 08
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      Earlier, the official Canberra said that it was modernizing its army in connection with the "growing Chinese threat." Exactly when China militarily threatened Australia is not specified.

      the Chinese will still come for their colonies and lands

      The Chinese will not come anywhere.
      It's just that the States really need money.
      So they forced Australia to clean up their warehouse.
      All for friendship, voluntarily because of China, of course. bully
    3. bk0010
      bk0010 21 May 2021 13: 29
      +1
      Quote: antivirus
      the Chinese will still come for their colonies and lands.
      The Chinese historically had a very clearly defined area of ​​settlement. The Chinese were not interested in what could not be controlled from the capital, and resettlement there was prohibited. There were also material boundaries of where the Han people could live - the Great Wall of China. They remained within these boundaries, even when there was not enough land for everyone, there was famine, dynasties collapsed, but did not create any colonies.
      1. antivirus
        antivirus 21 May 2021 13: 49
        +1
        I believe you, not my intuition ............................................ .................................................. ..
      2. Alf
        Alf 21 May 2021 18: 41
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        Quote: bk0010
        no colonies were created

        What about Chinatown in the USA?
        1. bk0010
          bk0010 21 May 2021 20: 27
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          I don't know, I read about why the Chinese did not crush all their neighbors and colonize America, nothing was said about Chinatowns. Probably, the emperor did not approve of them and did not create them, so Chinatowns do not count.
          1. Alf
            Alf 21 May 2021 20: 30
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            Quote: bk0010
            Probably, the emperor did not approve of them and did not create them, so Chinatowns do not count.

            But how, then, did the CTs form if the Son of Heaven did not approve?
            1. bk0010
              bk0010 21 May 2021 20: 38
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              Quote: Alf
              But how, then, did the CTs form if the Son of Heaven did not approve?
              The Chinese had a cycle of life: a new dynasty comes, life is getting better, the country is prospering, the population is growing, problems are growing, food is beginning to be scarce, large robber bands appear, life is getting worse, uprisings begin, tangerines begin to take the country apart, the people are dying, the dynasty is overthrown, see the beginning. Sometimes, due to conquests (Tatar-Mongols or Manchus, for example), the cycle reached the mark "people are dying" earlier. So, it seems to me that from this point to the end of the cycle, the opinion of the Son of Heaven was not too interested in the Chinese, who made their feet from the Celestial Empire. But, pay attention: these Chinese did not explore, for example, the wild islands of Indonesia, although they are closer, they went to where life was already more or less settled and where they were allowed.
              1. Alf
                Alf 21 May 2021 20: 40
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                Quote: bk0010
                But, please note:

                They went to where they could make money, and what can you get in all the gods of forgotten Indonesia, except for tropical ailments?
                1. bk0010
                  bk0010 21 May 2021 20: 41
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                  Quote: Alf
                  and what can you get in all the gods of forgotten Indonesia
                  Colonies for China
                  1. Alf
                    Alf 21 May 2021 20: 42
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                    Quote: bk0010
                    Quote: Alf
                    and what can you get in all the gods of forgotten Indonesia
                    Colonies for China

                    In the 19th century?
                    1. bk0010
                      bk0010 21 May 2021 20: 43
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                      Quote: Alf
                      In the 19th century?
                      Well, it was originally about the Chinese colonies, I explained that they do not exist.
                      1. Alf
                        Alf 21 May 2021 20: 44
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                        Quote: bk0010
                        Quote: Alf
                        In the 19th century?
                        Well, it was originally about the Chinese colonies, I explained that they do not exist.

                        It is truth too.
    4. RealPilot
      RealPilot 21 May 2021 19: 25
      -1
      The Chinese threat, well, okay! And then everything is Russian, but Russian ... You can already change the disc.

      And the further the tanks go from the metropolis to the neo-colony (like still British, but not quite), the better ...
      We will be calmer.
      They are modernizing them there, really ... It would be better if they just put them in the sun.
  2. figwam
    figwam 21 May 2021 10: 17
    +2
    hulls will be used to create 75 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, 29 M1150 armored demining vehicles, 18 bridgelayers, 6 M88A2 recovery vehicles

    Tanks for Australia? Kangaroo chase? No, the guys are preparing for a war in a foreign land.
    1. Murmur 55
      Murmur 55 21 May 2021 10: 58
      0
      hi and that the Fuehrer will order the brave Dundee to rush in the indicated direction. This is already as it were. If I am not mistaken recourse
    2. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 21 May 2021 11: 12
      +2
      Quote: figvam
      Tanks for Australia? Kangaroo chase? No, the guys are preparing for a war in a foreign land.

      Australia will lead wars of conquest? And who will it begin to capture? Do they have a transport fleet for the expeditionary forces and a fleet to protect it? Have they already mastered their mainland?
      1. figwam
        figwam 21 May 2021 12: 06
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        Quote: Starover_Z
        Australia will lead wars of conquest?

        Let me tell you a secret, Australia is subordinate to the Queen of Great Britain, and if necessary, the Austrian troops will relocate the NATO fleet to any region of the world.
        Quote: Starover_Z
        Have they already mastered their mainland?

        And for this we need tanks and mine clearance systems, against rabbits and kangaroos?)))
        1. Alf
          Alf 21 May 2021 18: 42
          -1
          Quote: figvam
          Let me tell you a secret, Australia is subordinate to the Queen of Great Britain, and if necessary, the Austrian troops will relocate the NATO fleet to any region of the world.

          It's just that the British empire urgently needed cannon fodder ... Like 70 years ago.
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 21 May 2021 10: 19
    +1
    Australia acquires 160 Abrams tank hulls from U.S. Department of Defense storage bases
    ... If just a look from the outside .... just military-technical cooperation of old allies.
    Is there a second, third bottom ... it is doubtful.
    1. Murmur 55
      Murmur 55 21 May 2021 11: 01
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      It is necessary to see where these buildings are after ASSEMBLY and canopy equipment + complete set lich. trains will go, if they remain at home, then this is one thing, but if I transfer to Europe for defense from the DPRK al Iran wink then this is another play.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 21 May 2021 11: 14
        +2
        The option where they will be based is interesting.
        Although Australia is very concerned about its safety ... they say so, at least.
  4. Egoza
    Egoza 21 May 2021 10: 19
    -2
    Earlier, the official Canberra said that it was modernizing its army in connection with the "growing Chinese threat."

    Well, do not say that in connection with the unrest in the EU and the United States, they fear that they will again exile criminals. Fortunately, there is enough free land. So we decided to acquire the technique to fight back. I do not exclude the option that some of the "cars" will be re-equipped for specials. techniques for catching rabbits. Painfully, they breed quickly and eat from the belly
    1. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 21 May 2021 10: 22
      -1
      And I wonder if hares will be able to live and reproduce in Australia?)
      1. Murmur 55
        Murmur 55 21 May 2021 11: 03
        -1
        I read in the paper press that there is no, they mutate and degenerate there.
      2. Walking
        Walking 21 May 2021 12: 36
        +3
        Quote: Sergej1972
        And I wonder if hares will be able to live and reproduce in Australia?)

        There are plenty of rabbits.
  5. sergo1914
    sergo1914 21 May 2021 13: 42
    0
    At the dacha, you can dig in like a cellar.
  6. Evil 55
    Evil 55 21 May 2021 14: 02
    -1
    Wow ... they will now have 160 tank corps commanders ... wassat
  7. Gunther
    Gunther 21 May 2021 15: 10
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    Despite the aggressive nature of China, China, by definition, cannot threaten the Australian alliance. he (the australian union) is a member of the british commonwealth, the head of which is the old lady elizabeth || - for the hyena of Asia, this goal is too tough.
    as everyone knows, the main activity of the BS is humanitarian missions around the world in the name of democracy and sustainable development - that's why the Australian military is being observed in hot spots, and therefore pumping up the military-industrial complex of the Australian Union.
    such spending on armaments once again shows who is who in the world, which elites actually rule.
  8. NF68
    NF68 21 May 2021 15: 57
    -2
    Toilets for these tanks can be purchased in / in Ukraine.
  9. xorek
    xorek 21 May 2021 16: 03
    -1
    that it is modernizing its army in connection with the "growing Chinese threat."

    Well I do not know ! In general, Australia in the last 10 years, specifically arming itself and no one seems to threaten it especially .. I understand that the powers that be of the whole world are building bunkers there, hoping to sit out there and invest huge money there ... And in general Australia has become very aggressive in politics ..Why's that ?
    1. Alf
      Alf 21 May 2021 18: 44
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      Quote: xorek
      In general, Australia has become very aggressive in politics .. Why would it?

      Themselves said, the Western elite wants to sit out there, so they create security.
      1. xorek
        xorek 22 May 2021 05: 25
        +1
        Quote: Alf
        Quote: xorek
        In general, Australia has become very aggressive in politics .. Why would it?

        Themselves said, the Western elite wants to sit out there, so they create security.

        Well, yes .. There is Antarctica nearby, fresh water supplies, etc. Well thought out everything
        1. Alf
          Alf 22 May 2021 22: 14
          +1
          Quote: xorek
          Quote: Alf
          Quote: xorek
          In general, Australia has become very aggressive in politics .. Why would it?

          Themselves said, the Western elite wants to sit out there, so they create security.

          Well, yes .. There is Antarctica nearby, fresh water supplies, etc. Well thought out everything

          In fact, in addition to Australia, there is also a massive purchase of land in New Zealand. It is quite logical - the country is located God knows where, it is not indicated at all in the political structure of the world, it does not belong to military blocs, therefore, the goal is not for any party to the conflict.
  10. Artemion3
    Artemion3 21 May 2021 19: 25
    +1
    Quote: antivirus
    the Chinese will still come for their colonies and lands.

    Well, theoretically they can try, but they won't succeed ANZUS does not sleep. Americans know that after the Australians they will be next
  11. isv000
    isv000 21 May 2021 23: 31
    0
    The striped managers are strong - all the vassals are shoving warehouse leftovers ...
  12. Synoid
    Synoid 22 May 2021 04: 04
    0
    Preparing expeditionary forces to take part in the next adventure at the call of the United States.
  13. Tramp
    Tramp 23 May 2021 20: 05
    0
    I wonder who they were going to fight with. Friend with a friend. I’m not there.