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U.S. Army provides test details of latest Abrams tank version

The U.S. Army has revealed more details about the testing of its latest version of Abrams tank at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground.

The M1 Abrams is America’s sole main battle tank and is considered the best in the world. The M1 has been consistently tested at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground since first developed in the late 1970s because it is being continuously improved.

Currently, the new version of the legendary tank called the M1A2 Systems Engineering Plan (SEP) version 3 (v3), is being put through its paces across the more than 200 miles of rugged road courses at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, all to ensure it functions as it should wherever in the world it could be called on to serve.

“We have multiple test courses here that simulate different types of roads we might encounter in different areas of the world,” said Robert Wilson, test officer. “We test these vehicles’ durability for thousands of miles across these various road surfaces.”

Except for the exterior, today’s SEPv3 would be almost unrecognizable to the tankers who served on its earliest incarnation. YPG testing has touched virtually every aspect of this behemoth, and in a variety of situations that simulate the less-than-ideal conditions Soldiers might encounter in combat.

“We put it in situations where the vehicle is on a slope that would cause all the fuel to settle on one end to see if the fuel pump can still pull fuel through the system and adequately restart it after sitting awhile,” said Wilson. “We run side slopes in a sinusoidal pattern and check things like the fuel pump and brakes.”

The list of improvements is lengthy: improved fire control electronics mean the SEPv3’s gun can shoot faster and more accurately; the engine, drivetrain, and tracks have been updated for higher performance and to support the …read more

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