|Status:||In Service / On Order||In Service/On Order||In Service / On Order||Likely destroyed|
|Number:||1005 / 125||<112/175||22 (178)||2|
|Cost:||$3.854 billion||2nd batch: $2.4 billion||$1.015 billion||Seized from Iraqi forces|
|Acquired:||1992-Present||1st batch: 2010-2012; 2nd batch: Requested Dec. 2014||2016-?||2014|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Manufacturer:||Chrysler Defense (now General Dynamics Land Systems) (499 produced in Egypt)|
|Combat Weight (tons):||63 tons|
|Length (m):||32.3 ft (9.83 m)|
|Width (m):||12 ft (3.66 m)|
|Height (m):||8 ft (2.44 m)|
|Range (km):||288.9 miles (465 km)|
|Engine:||Avco Lycoming AGT1500 gas turbine (1,500 hp)|
|Road Speed (km/h):||41.6 mph (67 km/h)|
|Offroad Speed (km/h):||24.9 mph (40 km/h)|
|Armor||Composite armor reinforced with Chobham RHA (depleted uranium mesh armor was not exported)|
|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:||Texas Instruments Independent Thermal Viewer|
|Hughes Thermal Imaging System|
|Onboard digital fire control computer|
|Pendulum static cant sensor|
|Countermeasures/ Defenses:||12 x L8A1 smoke grenade dischargers|
|Misc Systems:||Radiological and chemical reconnaissance equipment|
|Automatic Fire Detection/Suppression|
|Heater and communication sources|
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Morocco’s military has introduced into service the first of its recently acquired M1A1SA main battle tanks. At least two upgraded Abrams tanks were seen moving through Casablanca on 10 July. On 26 July the state-owned Medi1 television channel published images of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces accepting the first Abrams in a ceremony at the […]
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Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed al-Assar met Thursday with US ambassador Robert Stephen Beecroft and Donald Schenk, vice chairman of General Dynamics, agreeing to provide the necessary components to resume the production of tank’s in Egypt. Egypt and the US had discussed the possibility of increasing cooperation between the two nations, to boost […]
General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan, was awarded a $358,000,000 firm-fixed-price undefinitized foreign military sales contract (Morocco) for conversion of 150 M1A1 vehicles to the M1A1 situational awareness configuration. Work will be performed in Lima, Ohio, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2018. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2010 […]
Defense Munitions International, St. Petersburg, Florida, was awarded an $84,710,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity foreign military sales contract (Iraq) for 120mm armor piercing rounds. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-15-D-0066).
Morocco is set to receive at least 50 M1A1 Abrams tanks, according to a contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 28 August. The USD17.2 million contract was awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems and covers the “removal and disposal of 50 M1A1 frontal turret armour packages and installation of M1A1 situation […]
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