Land Platforms

US Army M1A2 Abrams upgrades move forward with congressional support

23 October 2017

The US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tank upgrade efforts appear to have solid support among congressional committees in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), which could be a key year as the service prepares to introduce or develop a number of capability updates.

For the M1A2 Abrams, the FY 2018 Pentagon budget request was up approximately USD317 million (35%) compared with the FY 2017 enacted figure. This funding is important to continue to address the space, weight, and power-cooling limitations on the Abrams. The 30-plus-year-old tank also faces shortcomings in network capability, survivability, and lethality that engineering changes, modifications, and upgrades will tackle.

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