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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:Garageimage_M1A2.jpg|420px||thumb|left|The M1A2 Abrams in the hangar with the default camouflage scheme.]]
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The '''Tank, Combat, Full Tracked, 120-mm Gun M1A2''' (shortened to '''M1A2 Abrams''') is a rank VII American main battle tank with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in [[Update 1.93 "Shark Attack"]] as the top-researchable vehicle in the US Ground Forces tech tree.
 
The '''Tank, Combat, Full Tracked, 120-mm Gun M1A2''' (shortened to '''M1A2 Abrams''') is a rank VII American main battle tank with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in [[Update 1.93 "Shark Attack"]] as the top-researchable vehicle in the US Ground Forces tech tree.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
The M1A2's armour is a massive improvement in comparison to its predecessor, the [[M1A1 Abrams|M1A1]] and is the first Abrams in the game to be equipped with depleted uranium composite armour, located on the turret cheeks of the tank. The protection afforded by the use of depleted uranium amounts to roughly over 200 mm RHAe more armour against kinetic energy projectiles whilst retaining the near impenetrable chemical protection of the M1A1. However the M1A2 has no depleted uranium located in the lower front plate and retains the same protection there, retaining the same weak spots as the M1A1 there. The turret ring and breech also are weakspots, though the breech on the Abrams series is notably some of the strongest out of all NATO main battle tanks being small and well protected against chemical energy rounds and some early APFSDS rounds.  
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[[File:M1A2 armour scheme.png|thumbnail|The M1A2's frontal armour vs CL1343 at 500 metres]]
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The M1A2's armour is a massive improvement in comparison to its predecessor, the [[M1A1 Abrams|M1A1]] and is the first Abrams in the game to be equipped with depleted uranium composite armour, located on the turret cheeks of the tank. The protection afforded by the use of depleted uranium amounts to roughly over 200 mm RHAe more armour against kinetic energy projectiles whilst retaining the near impenetrable chemical protection of the M1A1. The turret's overall KE protection ranges from around 690 mm to 600 mm whilst the CE protection ranges from 1200 mm to 1000 mm. However the M1A2 has no depleted uranium located in the lower front plate and retains the same protection there, retaining the same weak spots as the M1A1 there. The turret ring and breech also are weakspots, though the breech on the Abrams series is notably some of the strongest out of all NATO main battle tanks being small and well protected against chemical energy rounds and some early APFSDS rounds.  
  
 
=== Mobility ===
 
=== Mobility ===
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'''Pros:'''  
 
'''Pros:'''  
  
* New composite armour layout makes the frontal turret extremely difficult to penetrate
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* New depleted uranium composite armour layout makes the frontal turret extremely difficult to penetrate to all munitions in the game
 
* Can effectively destroy aircraft or helicopters with new HEATFS shell through proximity detonation
 
* Can effectively destroy aircraft or helicopters with new HEATFS shell through proximity detonation
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* Thermal sight for the commander
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* Excellent thermal quality (800 x 600), comparable to the [[Leopard 2A5]]
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* Good crew survivability like the rest of the Abrams line
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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* Has the same weak spots as the preceding Abrams
 
* Has the same weak spots as the preceding Abrams
 
* The mantlet can be penetrated by almost all shells, will only stop HEATFS
 
* The mantlet can be penetrated by almost all shells, will only stop HEATFS
* The Italian Cl3143 APFSDS found on the Ariete line of tanks has a chance to penetrate its frontal turret armour
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* The Italian CL1343 APFSDS found on the Ariete line of tanks can penetrate some areas of the gunner's side turret cheek at close range
* If it is shot from above, such as from a hilltop, any APFSDS round will go straight through the frontal mantlet with no issues
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* Least manoeuvrable Abrams in the game, due to its weight of 61.7 tonnes
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==

Revision as of 13:21, 13 November 2019

Tank, Combat, Full Tracked, 120-mm Gun M1A2
us_m1a2_abrams.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
10.3/10.3/10.3BR
4 peopleCrew
82 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
133 / 62 / 31Hull
133 / 133 / 12Turret
Mobility
61.7 tWeight
2 898 hp1 519 hpEngine power
47 hp/t25 hp/tSurface density
75 km/h forward
44 km/h back
67 km/h forward
40 km/h back
Speed
Armament
120 mm M256 cannonMain weapon
42 roundsAmmunition
6.0 / 7.8 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
1 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-9° / 65°Vertical guidance
10 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
750 shots/minFire rate
1 400 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
750 shots/minFire rate
Economy
400 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 030 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png9 190 / 14 676/7 060 / 11 274/4 870 / 7 777Repair
300 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 030 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
× (238) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 1.8 Sl icon.png× 1.5 Sl icon.png× 1.5 Sl icon.png

Description

The M1A2 Abrams in the hangar with the default camouflage scheme.


The Tank, Combat, Full Tracked, 120-mm Gun M1A2 (shortened to M1A2 Abrams) is a rank VII American main battle tank with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.93 "Shark Attack" as the top-researchable vehicle in the US Ground Forces tech tree.

General info

Survivability and armour

The M1A2's frontal armour vs CL1343 at 500 metres

The M1A2's armour is a massive improvement in comparison to its predecessor, the M1A1 and is the first Abrams in the game to be equipped with depleted uranium composite armour, located on the turret cheeks of the tank. The protection afforded by the use of depleted uranium amounts to roughly over 200 mm RHAe more armour against kinetic energy projectiles whilst retaining the near impenetrable chemical protection of the M1A1. The turret's overall KE protection ranges from around 690 mm to 600 mm whilst the CE protection ranges from 1200 mm to 1000 mm. However the M1A2 has no depleted uranium located in the lower front plate and retains the same protection there, retaining the same weak spots as the M1A1 there. The turret ring and breech also are weakspots, though the breech on the Abrams series is notably some of the strongest out of all NATO main battle tanks being small and well protected against chemical energy rounds and some early APFSDS rounds.

Mobility

The M1A2 retains the same 1500 horsepower AGT-1500 gas turbine on previous Abrams variants, though the tank has gained an additional 4 metric tons of weight, putting the total mass of the tank at 61.7 tonnes. This translates to a noticeable decrease in acceleration and manoeuvrability due to a lower hp/ton ratio. However the tank retains the same 68 km/h top speed and 40 km/h reverse speed and compared to its counterparts the M1A2 is still quite mobile, especially at speeds over 40 km/h. When stock, the hull traverse is quite horrendous and acceleration is lacking, though these are largely remedied by researching the engine, filters, transmission and tracks modules.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: M256 (120 mm)

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • New depleted uranium composite armour layout makes the frontal turret extremely difficult to penetrate to all munitions in the game
  • Can effectively destroy aircraft or helicopters with new HEATFS shell through proximity detonation
  • Thermal sight for the commander
  • Excellent thermal quality (800 x 600), comparable to the Leopard 2A5
  • Good crew survivability like the rest of the Abrams line

Cons:

  • Has the same weak spots as the preceding Abrams
  • The mantlet can be penetrated by almost all shells, will only stop HEATFS
  • The Italian CL1343 APFSDS found on the Ariete line of tanks can penetrate some areas of the gunner's side turret cheek at close range
  • Least manoeuvrable Abrams in the game, due to its weight of 61.7 tonnes

History

In the second half of the 1980s, a development project was launched to increase the combat effectiveness of the Abrams MBT. The result of this undertaking became the M1A2 version of the Abrams.

The new version featured an upgraded fire control system, a new independent commander’s panoramic sight as well as improved protection thanks to the use of second generation depleted uranium composite armor. All of these upgrades combined significantly bolstered the combat capabilities of the Abrams tank. Production of the M1A2 began in 1986 and the modification was formally introduced into US service in 1992.

The M1A2 and its sub-variants are the most advanced modifications of the Abrams tank fielded to date. Over 1,500 M1A2s have been built with some older variants also being upgraded to the M1A2 standard. Apart from the U.S. as its primary operator, the M1A2 also sees service with the armed forces of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

- From Devblog

Media

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See also

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External links


USA medium tanks
Early projects  Medium Tank M2
M3  M3 Lee · Grant I · M4A5
M4  M4 · Calliope · M4A1 · M4A1 (76) W · M4A2 · M4A2 (76) W · M4A3 (105) · M4A3 (76) W
M26  T20 · T25 · M26 · M26 T99 · M26E1
Post-war  M46 · M46 "Tiger" · M47 · M48A1 · T95E1 · ADATS
MBT  M60 · M60A1 (AOS) · M60A1 RISE (P) · M60A2 · MBT-70 · XM-803 · XM-1 (GM) · XM-1 (Chrysler) · M1 Abrams · IPM1 · M1A1 Abrams · M1A2 Abrams
Israeli  Magach 3 · Merkava Mk.1