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Australia has signed a formal agreement with the United States to buy a new fleet of M1A1 Abrams tan

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posted on May, 23 2005 @ 01:17 PM
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Australia has signed a formal agreement with the United States to buy a new fleet of M1A1 Abrams tanks, Defence Minister Robert Hill announced.

Under this agreement, the US Government will provide 59 refurbished and updated M1A1 Abrams tanks, seven M88 Hercules Armoured Recovery vehicles, advanced gunnery and driver training simulators, training and other support equipment and a range of spares. This agreement is the central component of the $530m Abrams package which also includes tank transporters, refuelling vehicles and ammunition.

Delivery of the tanks and other equipment is expected in 2007. The majority will be operated by the 1st Armoured regiment in Darwin, with a smaller allocation to be allocated to training schools.

"The M1A1 Abrams tanks will provide a major increase in capability over the present Leopard tanks, particularly with their greater firepower and their potential to operate in a modern, networked communications environment," Senator Hill said.

"The new tanks will also provide our soldiers greatly increased levels of protection and survivability on the modern battlefield."

The tanks that will be provided to Australia have had relatively low usage and will be refurbished to "as new" condition. Many of their internal systems will be updated to incorporate the latest technology.

This upgrade work will start soon as part of a major tank refurbishment program being undertaken for the US military’s larger fleet of M1A1 tanks.

A particularly innovative dimension of the project is the purchase of advanced simulators for training tank crews. This is a new direction for the Australian Army, reflecting a major increase in commitment and investment in simulation to supplement and enhance training of armoured vehicle crews.

The Abrams can reach speeds of up to 66 km/h on Australian roads and up to
48 km cross country with a cruising range of up to 480 kms carrying four crew and ammunition. Each tank is equipped with a 120 mm smooth bore cannon as its primary weapon and a 50 calibre machine gun for the tank commander in addition to two 7.62 mm machine guns. They are capable of firing an advanced kinetic energy Tungsten penetrator against vehicles and a multi-purpose round for infantry support. They have also been designed to provide a level of protection for soldiers from nuclear, biological or chemical threats.




posted on May, 23 2005 @ 03:03 PM
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why don't Australia get the M1A2 instead of the M1A1? it's always better to get the latest virsion than a old one. + they are getting it by large numbers so getting the A2 one would be more effective.



posted on May, 23 2005 @ 03:58 PM
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Originally posted by ulshadow
why don't Australia get the M1A2 instead of the M1A1? it's always better to get the latest virsion than a old one. + they are getting it by large numbers so getting the A2 one would be more effective.


cheaper i guess, its not that they neeeed m1a2 too badly.



posted on May, 24 2005 @ 12:49 AM
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Originally posted by ulshadow
why don't Australia get the M1A2 instead of the M1A1? it's always better to get the latest virsion than a old one. + they are getting it by large numbers so getting the A2 one would be more effective.


Well with the upgrades, the Aussie tanks will be just as capable as the M1A2. I think the main difference is that the M1A1 doesn't incorporate DU in its armour.
Seems in line with government policy we will be using tungsten penetrators instead of the poisonous DU ones.



posted on May, 24 2005 @ 01:31 AM
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this was announced like a year ago? old news



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