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Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:16 AM

Poland Just Bought America's M1 Abrams Tank. That's Ironic.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a37026843/poland-buys-us-m1a2-abrams-main-battle-tank/



Poland will purchase 250 M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 main battle tanks from the U.S., replacing older tanks dating back to the Cold War. The tanks will arm Polish Army units guarding against incursions by the Russian Army.

The purchase is a pretty remarkable turnaround of events, considering the U.S. originally designed the M1 tank to fight Soviet and Polish forces on the battlefields of Western Europe.

The M1 Abrams main battle tank—a clean-sheet design equipped with a 105-millimeter main gun, Chobham composite armor, and gas turbine engine—debuted in 1981 as the most advanced tank of its kind. The tank has outlived several efforts to replace it, gaining upgrades like a larger, more powerful 120-millimeter gun; a layer of depleted uranium armor; a digital command and control system; and a separate “hunter-killer” thermal imaging viewer for the tank commander.

The idea that a 40-year-old tank design has a place in modern armies is a relatively new one. For comparison, in 1981, the 40-year-old M4 Sherman medium tank was thoroughly obsolete. The Abrams’s basic design, however, has remained robust enough to accept new technologies as engineers develop them.

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Reply Poland Just Bought America's M1 Abrams Tank. That's Ironic. (Original post)
Dial H For Hero Jul 2021 OP
underpants Jul 2021 #1
Aristus Jul 2021 #3
underpants Jul 2021 #4
Aristus Jul 2021 #5
underpants Jul 2021 #6
Aristus Jul 2021 #2

Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:38 AM

1. It's a great vehicle. Can't miss really.

The only actual human element needed in it is the loader.

The only problem with them is that they are manned by tankers. Somehow their gunners were able to miss targets. I’m still baffled by that. DAT’s.

I served in a unit that had these.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:43 AM

3. Hey! That's Computerized Dumb-Ass Tanker to you, buddy!


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Response to Aristus (Reply #3)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:48 AM

4. Oh. You are aware of them.



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Response to underpants (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:52 AM

5. Spent four years sharing tanks with them.

Man, 'Dumb-Ass Tanker' is right.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 11:26 AM

6. Most of 3 years

A hybrid Cav DAT Unit

I thought “exclusivity” to the US Army was built into the price. I guess not.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Original post)

Thu Jul 15, 2021, 10:42 AM

2. That's my baby! My honey! Loved the M1.

As a tanker and tank enthusiast, though, it's hard for me to envision Poland with anything other than the Soviet-era T-55's, T-62's, and T-72's.

Sometimes I think the entirely of the Warsaw Pact can be embodied in the ubiquitous T-55 tank.

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