|Status:||In Service / Requested||In Service|
|Number:||373 In Service (153 Requested)||218|
|Cost:||Part of $2.9 billion package (2006); Part of $1.15 billion package (2016)||$1.6 billion deal|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Manufacturer:||Chrysler Defense (now General Dynamics Land Systems)|
|Combat Weight:||69 tons (138,000 lbs)|
|Length:||32.3 ft (9.83 m)|
|Width:||12 ft (3.66 m)|
|Height:||8 ft (2.44 m)|
|Engine:||Honeywell AGT15000 multi-fuel gas turbine|
|Road Speed:||41.6 mph (67 km/h)|
|Offroad Speed:||24.9 mph (40 km/h)|
|Armor||Composite armor reinforced with Chobham RHA depleted uranium mesh (Kuwaiti M1s did not receive the depleted uranium layers, unclear if the Saudi M1s did.)|
|NBC Protection||200 SCFM-Clean Cooled Air|
|Main Armament||120mm M256 Smoothbore cannon (40 rounds)|
|Ammunition Carried||M865 TPCSDS-T, M831 TP-T, M8300 HEAT-MP-T, M829 APFSDS-T|
|Secondary Armament||1 x .50 cal M2 (1,000 rounds)|
|2 x 7.62mm M240 (12,400 rounds)|
|Radar/Sensors:||Raytheon Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer|
|Raytheon Gunner’s Primary Sight – Line of Sight|
|Thermal Imaging System with x10 narrow field of view and x3 wide field of view|
|Northrop Grumman Laser System eyesafe laser range finder|
|Countermeasures/ Defenses:||12 x L8A1 smoke grenade dischargers|
|Misc Systems:||Radiological and chemical reconnaissance equipment|
|Automatic Fire Detection/Suppression|
|Heater and communication sources|
|Note:||Saudi M1A2 and 58 ex-US M1A1 to be upgraded to M1A2S configuration. The M1A2S is a rebuild of the existing M1s to ‘like new’ condition.|
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