M1A2 Abrams

Operator: Saudi Arabia Kuwait
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
Acquired: 2008-2013 1995-1997
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Manufacturer: Chrysler Defense (now General Dynamics Land Systems)
Introduced: 1992
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)
Range: 265 miles
Engine: Honeywell AGT15000 multi-fuel gas turbine
Road Speed: 41.6 mph (67 km/h)
Offroad Speed: 24.9 mph (40 km/h)
Loader: Manual
Crew: 4
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
Nightvision AN/VSS-5
Laser detection
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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