General Dynamics Land Systems displays M1A2 SEPV3 SEP V3 most advanced digital main battle tank 11210157

AUSA 2015 news coverage report show daily visitors exhibitors Annual meeting defense exposition exhibition conference Association United States Army October Washington D.C.
AUSA 2015
U.S. Army Annual Meeting & Exposition
12 - 14 October 2015
Washington D.C., United States
M1A2 SEPV3 at AUSA 2015
General Dynamics Land Systems displays M1A2 SEPV3 most advanced digital main battle tank.
General Dynamics Land Systems displays the most technologically advanced digital main battle tank at AUSA 2015, the M1A2 SEP V3, which includes upgrades to power generation, increased survivability, fuel savings and network improvements.
General Dynamics Land Systems displays the most technologically advanced digital main battle tank at AUSA 2015, the M1A2 SEPV3, which includes upgrades to power generation, increased survivability, fuel savings and network improvements. M1A2 Abrams SEPV3 main battle tank at AUSA 2015, U.S. Army annual meeting & exposition in Washington D.C., United States.
The M1A2 SEPV3 maximizes the fighting ability of the tank on today’s battlefield while preparing the platform for tomorrow’s challenges.

The improvement in lethality for the new M1A2 SEPV3 consists of combination of developmental upgrades and the addition of mature technologies that include the Ammunition DataLink (ADL), improved 120mm ammunition, Improved Forward-Looking Infrared (IFLIR) and the low-profile (LP) Common Remotely Operated Weapon System (CROWS).

Improved 120mm ammunition

The M829E4 (soon to be type-classified as the M829A4) is the fifth-generation kinetic-energy anti-tank (AT) round. This new round provides heavy-armor defeat capability at extended ranges. It uses a depleted-uranium penetrator and anti-armor design advancements to defeat threat targets equipped with AERA and APS.

The advanced multi-purpose (AMP) round is a line-of-sight munition with three modes of operation: point detonate, delay and airburst. This essential capability required in urban environments allows the tank crew to defeat AT guided-missile teams at ranges of 50 to 2,000 meters with a precision lethal airburst. The point-detonate and delay modes allow for obstacle reduction (OR), bunker defeat and a wall-breach capability for dismounted infantry. The AMP round also reduces the logistics burden by replacing four existing rounds (M830 high-explosive (HE) AT, M803A1 multipurpose HEAT, M1028 canister and M908 HE-OR).


These enhanced munitions rely on the ADL to provide communications with the platform’s fire-control system. The ADL consists of a modified breechblock, upgraded Improved Fire-Control Electronics Unit and upgraded Abrams tank software.


The ability to identify targets prior to engagement remains one of the biggest obstacles to improving Abrams lethality. The new IFLIR solves this problem using long- and mid-wave infrared technology in both the gunner’s primary sight and the commander’s independent thermal viewer. The IFLIR will provide four fields of view (FOV) displayed on high-definition displays, greatly improving target acquisition, identification and engagement times – compared to the current second-generation FLIR – under all conditions, including fog / obscurants.


The Abrams’ lethality is further improved through a product improvement to LP CROWS. This effort improves the tank commander’s situational awareness without compromising capability. LP CROWS significantly lowers the profile of the weapon station, returning both open- and closed-hatch FOV. Also, LP CROWS will be equipped with an upgraded day camera that uses picture-in-picture technology to combine different FOVs, and it offers a 340 percent larger scene in the wide FOV.

The Army’s strategy for modernizing the Abrams fleet revolves around incrementally upgrading aspects of the platform through a combination of technological insertion and product improvements based on evolving threats and available technologies. The advances in Abrams lethality stem from a synergistic combination of technological efforts. The IFLIR will enable early and accurate target detection and identification. Once identified, the crew can then engage those targets with either of the two new enhanced rounds via the ADL with a high probability of hit / kill.

Recent and continued upgrades to the Abrams MBT will ensure the armored force maintains overmatch and battlefield dominance for the near future. The M1A2 SEPv3 will provide future armored formations an unmatched combination of lethality, mobility and survivability.


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