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  • US Shocked To Find Russian Machine Gun With Iranian Ammo Attached To Abrams Tank

    10/18/2015 7:01:22 AM PDT · by frithguild · 22 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/18/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Needless to say, what’s happening in Syria is a nightmare for those who have been forced by circumstance to bear witness to the intractable violence. The plight of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the country is unfathomable and the situation facing those who remain is even worse. For military and political strategists in Washington, Syria’s civil war represents a different kind of nightmare. The Russia-Iran nexus is just about the worst possible outcome for the US, whose status as global hegemon was already fading in the face of an ascendant China. Put simply, the partnership between Washington’s two...
  • M1A National Match vs Remington 700 Tactical

    11/16/2012 6:42:53 PM PST · by Farmer Dean · 44 replies
    I'm considering the purchase of the M1A in National Match grade.Anyone have experience using this rifle and how does it compare (in accuracy) to the Remington 700 Tactical.
  • Despite revolution, US set to approve tank sales to Egypt

    07/08/2011 12:12:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/08/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Despite revolution, US set to approve tank sales to Egypt By YAAKOV KATZ 07/08/2011 18:21 If approved, the deal would increase the number of Abrams tanks in Egypt from around 1,000 to 1,13; Congress must approve deal. Despite the recent revolution in Egypt and continued anti-government demonstrations there on Friday, the United States signaled this week that it plans to continue business as usual when it comes to arms sales to the Egyptian Military. On Friday, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible sale of 125 M1A1 Abrams tank to Egypt – the first large arms deal...
  • Iraqi army builds up first tank division (M1A1 Abrams)

    12/27/2010 7:02:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies · 2+ views
    Iraqi army builds up first tank division Published: Dec. 21, 2010 BAGHDAD, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The new Iraqi army has started building up its armored forces with the first batch of 140 U.S.-built M1A1 Abrams main battle tank, the same type that crushed Saddam Hussein's military in March 2003. The 9th Armored Division, based near Baghdad, will be the spearhead of an army that will likely have a strength of more than 300,000 troops in up to 20 divisions, six of them armored. That's a far cry from the 1 million-man army, with 5,500 mainly Soviet- built T-72 and...
  • U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war

    11/21/2010 9:28:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies · 1+ views
    wapo ^ | 11/21/10 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban. The deployment of a company of M1 Abrams tanks, which will be fielded by the Marines in the country's southwest, will allow ground forces to target insurgents from a greater distance - and with more of a lethal punch - than is possible from any other U.S. military vehicle. The 68-ton...
  • Leaders Discuss M1A1 Tank Proposal

    03/08/2009 12:51:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 27 replies · 1,308+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Bane, USN
    BAGHDAD — Program managers from the United States and Iraq, along with representatives from the General Dynamics Contract Logistics Support (CLS) group, met to discuss the fielding of M1A1SA Abrams tanks for the Iraqi Army, March 4. The tanks are scheduled to arrive over an 18-month period in groups of 35, according to Mark Bangsboll of Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq’s (MNSTC-I) Joint Headquarters Army Advisory Training Team Planning Office. Charles Campbell, JHAATT M1A1SA program coordinator, said, “This meeting is meant to initiate dialog on the support and sustainment required for the M1A1SA program, as well as setting-up delivery,...
  • Iraqi Army Begins M1A1 Tank Training

    12/25/2008 2:13:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 43 replies · 1,956+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Christopher Delarosa, USA
    In this Oct. 31, 2008 file photo, Iraqi Soldiers are introduced to the tanks their Army will use in the future. Photo by Spc. Chase Kincaid, Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq. TAJI — The Iraqi Army Armor School here hosted an M1A1 tank orientation for the first group of 28 Iraqi Army M1A1 tank crewmen, Dec. 21. The crewmen, selected from the cadre of current Iraqi Army Armor School instructors and Iraqi Army 9th Mechanized Infantry Division, will continue their orientation through Jan. 2.  Final selectees will then participate in a three month train-the-trainer course with U.S. Army instructors at...
  • Saudis may make weapons with US

    02/20/2007 7:36:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies · 892+ views
    Gulf News,UAE ^ | 20/02/2007 | Ahmed A. Elewa, Staff Reporter
    Saudis may make weapons with US By Ahmed A. Elewa, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: The United States is planning to jointly produce tank components, light armoured vehicles and other products in Saudi Arabia, according to a senior US military official. "Our biggest co-production project in the Middle East is in Egypt, where we jointly produced 1025 M1A1 tanks. In Saudi Arabia we are still in the planning phase, though the project initially will not be as big as what we have in Egypt, but there is good potential for growth there," Brigadier General Clinton Anderson, head of the US Army's...
  • Tanks bring the thunder to Camp Fallujah

    11/28/2006 8:34:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 941+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 28, 2006) -- "Adrenaline rush" doesn't describe what it's like to stand next to a tank as it fires. It's as if Thor, Norse god of thunder, got his Viking shorts in a bunch because someone makes a noise louder than him, so he grabs hold of the adrenal glands and squeezes for all he's worth. The ear-cracking, rib-crunching, earth-shaking "boom" of the M-1A1 Main Battle Tank's 120 mm main-gun round firing is nothing short of unnatural. It's the sound of a thousand trees snapping in half all at once, the smack of a semi truck...
  • Abrams enters familiarisation phase

    05/20/2005 6:02:01 PM PDT · by Dundee · 15 replies · 693+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 21, 2005 | John Kerin
    Abrams enters familiarisation phase Australian Army personnel are set to work with US marine corps before the arrival of Abrams tanks next year, reports John Kerin ONE hundred Australian crewmen are in the US preparing for the arrival next year of our M1A1 AIM Abrams tanks. Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan Hayward, of the Australian Army Abrams implementation team, says men from the Army's 1st armoured brigade in Darwin had been despatched to work with the US marine corps, and familiarise themselves with the tank before the first vehicles arrive in June next year. Australia has bought 59 tanks dating from the mid...
  • M1A1 Abrams tank was destroyed in Bagdad (ZOTSKI)

    11/23/2004 9:41:15 AM PST · by DLans · 186 replies · 8,253+ views
    I.M. Zottedoff
  • Abrams Tank Still Far From Retirement (Army Future Force)

    10/01/2004 11:59:26 AM PDT · by SLB · 34 replies · 1,608+ views
    National Defense | October 2004 | Roxana Tiron
    The battle-tested Abrams tank is poised to remain in service for at least 25 more years, or until the Army is certain that it has an adequate replacement. The tank will stay in the Army, "until we are convinced that the Future Combat Systems is going to give us better lethality," said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker. Abrams tanks will be upgraded not only so they can stay relevant for many more years but also so they can be used as test platforms for FCS, Schoomaker told National Defense following a hearing of the House Armed Services...
  • The M1A3 Abrams Tank Thread (proposals for modernizing our aging fleet of M1 and M1A1 tanks)

    08/19/2004 8:47:02 PM PDT · by Southack · 185 replies · 11,547+ views
    Multiple Sources ^ | 8/20/2004 | Multiple
           The US Army has wasted billions of dollars to upgrade a few hundred tanks to the M1A2 configuration (right), and wants to spend billions to convert more.  The US Army claims that no tanks were lost to enemy fire during the Persian Gulf war, so why upgrade their anti-tank capabilities with a few gadgets which cost twice as much as the tanks themselves?  Tanks remain vital, but the US Army spends half of its operations and maintenance budget for all ground equipment to keep 5000 M1 series tanks ready for World War III with the Soviets.        There is much...
  • More Armored Protection Urged for U.S. Troops

    04/29/2004 10:50:45 PM PDT · by Vetvoice · 7 replies · 194+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Friday, Apr. 30, 2004 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Lightly protected vehicles in Iraq such as the Humvee and the U.S. Army's new wheeled Stryker are providing far too little protection for troops and should be replaced with heartier substitutes, senior military commanders have warned. Roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and heavy automatic weapons are taking their toll on lightly-armored U.S. military vehicles and, worse, on the troops riding in them – despite Pentagon efforts to beef up protection. Currently the Defense Department is hurrying to replace the thin-skinned Humvees with "up-armored" models as quickly as possible. According to the London Daily Telegraph, U.S. forces have added scrap armor plating,...
  • The FReeper Foxhole's TreadHead Tuesday - M1 Abrams MBT - Jan. 13th, 2004

    01/13/2004 12:01:13 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 236 replies · 10,149+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • How the M-1 Became a Fuel Hog

    12/18/2003 2:11:03 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 78 replies · 1,493+ views
    Strategypage.com ^ | 12-18-03 | AJ Wagner
    December 18, 2003: The M1 Abrams is the first and only gas turbine powered main battle tank. Similar to a helicopter gas turbine, its AGT-1500 engine is very compact and has a tremendous power to weight ratio, making the Abrams the fastest accelerating tank in the field today. Unfortunately, the Abrams' fuel consumption horribly high, about 5 gallons per mile, a number that does not go down much at idle because, unlike a diesel engine, the turbine is still turning even when the tracks are not. At the time the tank was conceived, this poor fuel consumption wasn't considered an...

    12/01/2003 11:29:39 PM PST · by yonif · 47 replies · 833+ views
    IMRA ^ | Tuesday, December 2, 2003 | MENL
    WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Egypt plans to acquire an advanced tank shell from the United States. The Bush administration has approved an Egyptian request for a 120 mm armor piercing shell for its fleet of M1A1 main battle tanks. Cairo has about 600 M1A1 and plans to assemble another 150 U.S.-origin tanks in Egypt. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said it has notified Congress of the administration's approval of the 120 mm Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot-Tracer Kinetic Energy Tungsten Advanced cartridges for Egypt. The proposed sale has been estimated at $54 million. Egypt has requested the sale of up...

    11/18/2003 6:30:58 PM PST · by yonif · 10 replies · 557+ views
    IMRA ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2003 | MENL
    WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The United States has offered the prospect of an upgrade of the Abrams tank fleet of Middle East allies. U.S. officials said the Defense Department has discussed the prospect of an upgrade of the M1A1 fleets of such countries as Egypt. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia already have the more advanced M1A2 tanks. Egypt has helped produce and assemble nearly 700 M1A1 main battle tanks. The Pentagon has awarded a $26 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems for the retrofit of 14 M1A2 Abrams Upgrade Tanks to the M1A2 system enhancement program configuration. A Pentagon statement said...
  • French Milan Missile may have Knocked Out U.S. Tank (my title)

    11/18/2003 2:35:56 PM PST · by fourscore · 86 replies · 694+ views
    SciScoop ^ | 10/31/03 | Sciscoop
    http://www.sciscoop.com/story/2003/11/3/171841/084 The M1A1 Abrams tank is widely acknowledged to be the best tank in the world. It weighs just shy of 70 tons and much of that weight is armor to protect the vehicle and its crew. There are two main threats against a tank: HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) rounds and KE (Kinetic Energy) rounds. To greatly oversimplify, HEAT rounds produce a blob of super-hot molten metal that cuts through armor like a torch; KE rounds have long, slender dart-like projectiles that punch through armor like a bullet. The structural armor of the tank is designed to stop KE rounds...
  • Mystery behind Aug. 28 incident puzzles Army officials (what felled an M1A1)?

    11/18/2003 12:19:37 AM PST · by bonesmccoy · 134 replies · 695+ views
    Navy Times ^ | 10-27-2003 | John Roos
    <p>Shortly before dawn on Aug. 28, an M1A1 Abrams tank on routine patrol in Baghdad “was hit by something” that crippled the 69-ton behemoth. Army officials still are puzzling over what that “something” was.</p> <p>According to an unclassified Army report, the mystery projectile punched through the vehicle’s skirt and drilled a pencil-sized hole through the hull. The hole was so small that “my little finger will not go into it,” the report’s author noted.</p>
  • Anti-Tank Mines Destroy M1A1 in Iraq - Photos

    11/09/2003 7:03:35 AM PST · by 11B3 · 79 replies · 3,372+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | 8 Nov 03 | StrategyPage.com
    I hadn't seen these posted, and I hadn't even heard about this incident until finding these photos. In Iraq, a US 4th Infantry Division tank was destroyed (and two of the four man crew killed) when they rolled over three anti-tank mines, buried in the road, one on top of another. It sounds to me just like the method the Palis used to knock out a Merkava - so either the Palis have come to Iraq, or they have trained someone who is there.These photos are a little hard to look at, but unfortunately it needs to be done. I...
  • ARMORED WARFARE: Mystery Projectile Explained

    11/05/2003 8:28:42 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 6 replies · 220+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | November 5, 2003
    The "Mystery Projectile" that caused the penetration of an M-1 tanks side armor was probably a Russian RPG-7V or similar type. This is an improved version with wave shaper in the HEAT warhead. The pictures (see here)  of the penetration show classic HEAT warhead circular flash and light material splash (aluminum or similar from outer warhead casing) in a roughly circular area and at between 500 - 800 mm radius around the penetration hole. It also seems as if the entry hole on the skirt plate has a ragged and enlarged hole. This is consistent with wave shaped warheads that...

    11/05/2003 10:39:49 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 524+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/5/03 | Niles Latham
    <p>The Army is investigating whether pro-Saddam insurgents have a new mystery weapon that can disable the powerhouse M1AI Abrams tank - while leaving only a pencil-size hole in the hull. The Army Times reported yesterday that commanders in Iraq have grown alarmed about the prospect that exotic new weaponry may be in the hands of the death squads after one of the 69-ton workhorse tanks was disabled while on patrol in Baghdad Aug. 28.</p>
  • Do Iraqi terrorists have secret weapon?

    11/04/2003 10:21:42 AM PST · by Jacob Kell · 19 replies · 653+ views
    G2 Bulletin (by war of WorldNetDaily.com) ^ | November 4, 2003 | G2 Bulletin (by war of WorldNetDaily.com)
    WASHINGTON -- A mystery munition knocked a U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams tank out of commission in Iraq, leading the Pentagon to question whether the terrorists have a secret weapon in their arsenal. An unclassified Army report says a projectile punched through the vehicle and drilled a pencil-sized hole through the hull. The hole was so small that, according to the author's report, "my little finger will not go into it." The Abrams tank is nearly invulnerable to attack. Only two have been disabled by enemy fire during the entire Iraq campaign, according to the Army Times. The other one was...
  • Projectile that penetrated M1A1 Abrams Tank still a mystery

    10/31/2003 9:55:42 AM PST · by spetznaz · 74 replies · 4,108+ views
    Strategypage.com ^ | Oct 31,2003
    October 31, 2003: The U.S. Army is not saying much about the "mystery projectile" that went through the side skirts and side armor of an M-1A1 tank last August 28th. Whatever it was just barely missed the tanks gunner (it went through the back of his seat and grazed part of his flak jacket) and put a pencil size hole nearly 50mm deep into the four inch thick armor on the other side of the tank. The damage may have been done by a projectile, not a shaped charge (which uses a jet of super-hot plasma to burn a hole...
  • "Something" felled an M1A1 Abrams tank in Iraq - but what?

    10/28/2003 11:14:21 PM PST · by Dark · 78 replies · 24,117+ views
    <p>Shortly before dawn on Aug. 28, an M1A1 Abrams tank on routine patrol in Baghdad “was hit by something” that crippled the 69-ton behemoth. Army officials still are puzzling over what that “something” was.</p> <p>According to an unclassified Army report, the mystery projectile punched through the vehicle’s skirt and drilled a pencil-sized hole through the hull. The hole was so small that “my little finger will not go into it,” the report’s author noted.</p>
  • China set to field World's Most Powerful Tank

    05/12/2003 12:31:32 PM PDT · by swaimh · 144 replies · 1,193+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 12 April 2003 | Jon Dougherty
    China has made substantial advances in some areas of its ground and naval forces, including upgrades to tanks and armor, laser systems and anti-submarine warfare. Jane's Defense Weekly, a respected Britain-based military journal, said the People's Liberation Army is set to deploy a new main battle tank, or MBT, that, when fielded, will become the most powerful of its kind in the world. The magazine said the tank will feature a huge 152 mm main gun with an automatic loader that, when coupled with a new advanced aiming system, will enable the tank to fire on the move with high...
  • M1-A1 Abrams: tough to kill, but not invulnerable

    05/31/2003 5:23:08 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 64 replies · 2,675+ views
    U.S. News- Washington Whispers ^ | 06/09/03 | Paul Bedard
    They call them "lessons learned" reports in the Pentagon, and few are getting as much attention as the review of the Army's lumbering M1-A1 Abrams tank's performance in Iraq. Revered by soldiers as the world's best, the report found that lone Iraqis armed with simple rocket-propelled grenades halted a few Abramses in their tracks. Just like those Battle of the Bulge scenes of GIs firing at the bellies of Nazi tanks, a rocket aimed at the armored skirts on the side and back of the Abrams would occasionally disable the tank. That's led some to question the plan to replace...
  • 'Alone and unafraid'

    05/20/2003 7:14:01 AM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 4 replies · 364+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 18 May 2003 | Jim Landers
    AL AZIZIYAH, Iraq – The Iraqis fired rocket-propelled grenades from behind a taxi parked along a distant canal. One grenade zipped across the nose of an armored amphibious vehicle and exploded in the dirt. That angered Maj. Andrew Bianca, executive officer of the Marines' 2nd Tank Battalion. Sheathed in aluminum plate, the tracked amphibious vehicles known as amtracks can withstand rifle fire, but not rocket grenades. And Maj. Bianca's support team was in amtracks. He ordered his tank crew to fire a round at the Iraqis. The 120 mm cannon barrel dropped slightly, then erupted with smoke and flame. The...
  • Tanks for the Memory

    05/13/2003 10:13:03 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 54 replies · 1,290+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 05/13/2003 | Ralph Kinney Bennett
    Tanks for the Memory By Ralph Kinney Bennett TCS One of the enduring images of the recent war in Iraq is a column of M-1A1 Abrams tanks barreling down the streets of Baghdad on a "thunder run," deep into the city. This spring, American tanks in Iraq gave a small reprise of their astounding successes in the 1991 Gulf War. The superiority of both American and British tanks (and their superbly trained crews) was beyond question. When they engaged Iraqi armor directly, their ability to get off the vital first shot and make it count was decisive. Iraq is littered...
  • '10 minutes of the most intense fighting' (good read for tread heads)

    04/06/2003 7:09:15 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 46 replies · 673+ views
    cnn.com (I know, I know) ^ | Sunday, April 6, 2003 Posted: 1:38 AM EST (0638 GMT) | Walter Rodgers
    Despite being outnumbered, the U.S. group vanquished the Iraqi Republican Guard force within minutes, thanks to superior armed vehicles and devastatingly powerful ammunition. "My commander called me, gave me the warning order to be prepared to conduct an attack on 22 stationary T-72s [Soviet-built tanks used by the Iraqis] that the [U.S.] Air Force had identified," Lyle said. "I selected a force, tank heavy, almost all the tanks in my troop, with some Bradleys [armored fighting vehicles] to go with it."
  • "All the Way to Baghdad" US Troops in Gulf Train/Multiply

    12/22/2002 12:38:13 PM PST · by efnwriter · 10 replies · 250+ views
    efreedomnews ^ | 12.21.2002 | Jonathan Rhodes
    efreedomnews         WAR ON TERRORISM - AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE "All the Way to Baghdad"efreedomnews21 December 2002 Morale is running high as the U.S. Army  launched its biggest live-fire exercise in the Persian Gulf region since the Gulf war, in preparation for possible war with Iraq. The day and night live-fire exercises in the Kuwaiti desert involve thousands of troops and hundreds of armored vehicles from the army's Third Division based at Fort Stewart, Georgia . Troops decorated their vehicles with the flight numbers from 911 and one M1A1 tank crew stenciled ALL THE WAY TO BAGHDAD on the barrel....