The United States Army Armor School has received a number of main tanks from the Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3).
The 52nd Armaments Commander of the Army Armor School announced on his Twitter account that new M1A2 SEPv3 tanks have arrived at Fort Benning.
“Our new M1A2 SEPv3s have arrived and we were thrilled,” the command said in a Twitter post on Wednesday.
“More will arrive later in the spring,” the message added. “Our instructors can’t wait to train our students and trainees on these beasts!”
The M1A2 SEPv3 is the newest variant of the legendary Abrams tank. This release addresses many of the space, weight, and energy issues identified during Operation Iraqi Freedom and will be the basic variant for all future incremental upgrades.
In addition to providing enhanced survivability, the Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 can incorporate any sophisticated technology that the Army deems operationally relevant. The improvements focus on power margin increases, vehicle health management systems, integrated protection from improvised explosive devices, a new auxiliary power station, embedded training and an ammunition data link. It is the most reliable Abrams tank ever made, reducing the logistical burden on the army and leading the army in corporate-level connectivity to maintenance and supply systems.
With its manually loaded smooth-barreled 120mm M256 cannon, the Abrams can outbid armored vehicles, personnel and even low-flying aircraft.
In addition, in early December 2020, US defense contractor General Dynamics Land Systems received an order worth $ 4.6 billion to manufacture the M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams main tanks for the US Army.
@TRADOC @ 194thARBDE @ 316CAVBDE Our new M1A2SEPV3 have arrived and we were thrilled. More will arrive later in the spring. Our instructors can hardly wait to train our students and trainees in these BEASTS! #lethal pic.twitter.com/Yzfm26GJAx
– @ 52ndArmorCommandant (@ 52ndArmorCmdt) March 23, 2021