US Army 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team receives modernized M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams tanks

According to information published by the United States Army, the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, receives the modernized Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 tanks at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on January 5, 2023.
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The first M1A2 SEPv3 tanks were delivered to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, on January 5, 2023. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

The U.S. Army 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division is a maneuver brigade combat team in the United States Army. It is the oldest permanent brigade in the Army and has some of the oldest units in the United States Army.

The 1st Brigade Combat Team includes the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment Dreadnaughts, and the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment Burt's Knights.

The Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 is the latest generation of Main Battle Tank (MBT) in the Abrams M1A2 family that entered into service with the U.S. armed forces in 2020. It is the current production version of the Abrams tank. This version rectifies many of the space, weight, and power issues identified during Operation Iraqi Freedom and will be the foundational variant for all future incremental upgrades.

The Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 is an upgrade to the U.S. Army’s current MBT. The M1A2 SEPv3 is a tracked, land combat, assault weapon system possessing significant survivability, shoot-on-the-move firepower, joint interoperability (for the exchange of tactical and support information), and a high degree of maneuverability and tactical agility.

The Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 is armed with an M256 120mm smoothbore cannon, which can fire M829A4 advanced kinetic energy and advanced multi-purpose (AMP) rounds. The second armament includes one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun mounted to the right of the main armament. A remotely operated weapon station armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun is mounted on the turret roof.

The hull and turret of the M1A2 SEPv3 is fitted with a new armor package offering more protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The tank can be also fitted with an APS (Active Protection System).

The M1A2 SEPv3 Abrams is motorized with a Honeywell AGT1500 gas turbine engine developing 1,500 hp. it can run at a maximum road speed of 68 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 425 km.